Governor Peter Shumlin, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington Electric Department Interim General Manager Neale Lunderville, and other stakeholders Wednesday celebrated the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in both the Marketplace and Lakeview Garages in Burlington. These state-of-the-art EV fueling pumps will improve customer convenience and make electric vehicles a more attractive option for Burlington residents.
According to the Lake Champlain Committee, blue-green algae blooms have begun developing on Lake Champlain, particularly in the shallow northeastern bays – Missisquoi and St Albans. Blue-green algae thrive in nutrient-rich water and can multiply rapidly to form blooms and scums. It is not unusual for blooms to develop in late summer when the water warms. Periods of calm hot weather exacerbate bloom conditions, and they can appear anywhere. Algae conditions can vary widely over short time frames and short distances.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont leaped six places from 15th in 2013, placing ninth with a score of 58.6, in a renewable energy index compiled by a national advocacy organization. With the smallest population of any state except Wyoming, Vermont gets a lot of bang for the buck in normalized scores, particularly in indicators like venture capital deals, energy efficiency program dollars, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) announces the start of the fall semester plumbing and electrical apprenticeship classes. The Vermont Department of Labor provides a grant to Vermont Technical College to assist with classroom instruction, test preparation and other program activities.
Vermont Business Magazine Personal income tax revenues, the most important single revenue source for Vermont's General Fund, fell below expectations for July, as it had for the last few months of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. The lagging personal income tax was somewhat offset by a continued strong performance by the corporate tax and the modestly improved sales, rooms and meals taxes. However, the capricious estate tax was well off. The Transportation and Education funds were both ahead of targets.
Seventh Generation, the nation's number one brand of renewable, bio-based consumer products, has unveiled its 2013 Corporate Consciousness Report. The company's latest sustainability performance review examines the progress it's made on its objectives to Nurture Nature, Enhance Health, Transform Commerce, and Build Community as it works toward the ambitious end-of-decade goals set forth in its 2020 Roadmap.
Vermont Business Magazine Unlike the Italian opera that has been a feature of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc's quarterly reports over the last few years, when fortunes have been made or lost, investors took a mild view of its thrid quarter 2014 report released Wednesday after the markets had closed. Keurig, based in Waterbury, Vermont, finished the day at $18.13, up slightly from its opening on Wednesday.
The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees at its Thursday, July 31, 2014 meeting voted to approve a process for selecting an Interim Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. The Interim Chancellor would serve for up to and possibly beyond one year while the Board searches for a permanent replacement for retiring Chancellor Timothy J. Donovan. Each of the fourteen Trustees and each of the five member college Presidents will be permitted to submit to Board Chair Martha O’Connor by September 1, 2014 up to three nominations for an Interim Chancellor. Nominations will be confidential.
Champlain College continues to be one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to 2015 edition of Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges." Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman said, "Champlain College endeavors to be a leader in educating today's students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and engaged global citizens. Preparing students for the working world is at the heart of what we do and this recognition only reinforces our commitment to that goal," Laackman said.
Three Vermont Tech students received third place in the 2014 ASHRAE Student Design Competition. The team includes recent graduates Constantin Condrat and Tyler Gendron, as well as current senior Stephen Wichmann, who are all part of the bachelor degree program in Architectural Engineering Technology at Vermont Tech. The students submitted their senior project in the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) HVAC Design Calculations category competition in May 2014.
Bluebird Barbecue has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Top BBQ Restaurants in America. The list of winners is derived from more than five million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Woodchuck Hard Cider officially opened its new cidery Wednesday morning, August 6th. Before the official ribbon cutting Dan Rowell, Vermont Hard Cider President and CEO introduced US Senator Patrick Leahy and Commissioner, Vermont Department of Economic Development, Lisa Gosselin. Rowell thanked all the people involved in the project including Design Group Facility Solutions, the project managers and the 45 Vermont subcontractors that they used to build the facilities.