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UVM earns top 24 score in Princeton Review’s 'Green Rating Honor Roll'

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont is one of only 24 universities nationwide to make the Princeton Review's “Green Rating Honor Roll” in recognition of sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings. "The schools on our Green Rating Honor Roll demonstrated a truly exceptional commitment to sustainability across critical areas we looked at -- from course offerings and recycling programs to plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. "We salute their administrators, faculty and students for their collective efforts to protect and preserve our environment."

Weekly unemployment claims edge up to 392, still low

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims increased last week but remain at a low summer-time level. Claims had been falling steadily since early July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of August 5, 2017, there were 392 claims, up 72 from the previous week's total and 131 fewer than than they were a year ago. Altogether 3,860 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 7 from a week ago, and 509 fewer than a year ago.

SVRCC receives donation from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 7:42am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC), a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), gratefully accepted a donation of dozens of blankets from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter. Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

Vermont Labor Dept assists GlobalFoundries with filling job openings

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries employees were treated to a picnic to celebrate the plant that was founded by IBM in Essex Junction. Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, with Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch and other dignitaries, later joined them. But the plant needs more workers.

Vermont gets over $2 million in Northern Border grants

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) were in Hardwick Thursday to announce a $250,000 Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant to transform the former "Greensboro Garage" on Route 15 into a new agricultural enterprise center. The grant is one of ten NBRC grants totaling $2,228,801 announced Thursday, which will make vital infrastructure improvements, invest in job-creating technical assistance programs, and help businesses and organizations from Franklin to Caledonia Counties.  

UVM included in 2017 ranking of top bachelor's in early childhood education degrees

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 2:33pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Best Education Degrees, the leading guide to educational careers and colleges, has published its ranking of the 35 Top Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education Degrees for 2017 and the University of Vermont is included in the list: Early childhood education sets the stage for a young child's life.

Packetized Energy awarded $225,000 National Science Foundation grant

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Having recently secured Vermont Works Management Company, LLC as an anchor institutional investor, Packetized Energy has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on coordinating large numbers of distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and battery storage systems in a way that provides value to consumers and increases grid reliability.

F&W: Grassland bird decline; flowery discovery; ECO AmeriCorps

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont, according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Also, an  F&W botanist and his wife were out for a weekend hike at Raven Ridge Natural Area in Monkton recently when they discovered a flowering plant that has not been seen in Vermont in decades and was thought to be extirpated, or locally extinct. And, the Environmental Careers & Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program is finishing up its second year of guiding young people through 11-month placements in environmental service in Vermont. 

Cabot Creamery receives Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Agri-Mark, a cooperative of 1,100 dairy farm families and maker of Cabot® cheddar and dairy products, is proud to announce their selection by Governor Phil Scott as a receipt of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Working with Efficiency Vermont and their Continuous Energy Improvement Initiative (CEI), the Middlebury facility assessed and optimized the energy usage required to make compressed air and improved overall efficiencies in plant-wide air usage.

Seven Days wins three first-place awards in national competition

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly based in Burlington, won three first-place awards at the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference last month in Washington, DC. The AAN Awards recognize the most artful, compelling and courageous journalism produced each year by the alternative newsmedia. AAN member publications vary in size and circulation, and are based in cities across the U.S. and Canada; the annual awards contest gives these publications the opportunity to compete against their peers.