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BED-BTV partnership to put solar panels on airport parking garage

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:56am -- tim

Burlington Electric Department (BED) and the Burlington International Airport (BTV) have announced they have been cleared to install a 500 kW solar array atop the airport parking garage. This project is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to add community solar to its portfolio and, with an anticipated “go-live” date for later this year, will bring Burlington’s installed solar photovoltaic to 69 projects generating 1.92 megawatts of power for the city.

Yestermorrow hosts solar tour in support of the world’s largest grassroots solar event

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:49am -- tim

Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Waitsfield joins the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar-savvy installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase thousands of solar-powered homes, schools and businesses ―  in Vermont and across North America -- for the 19th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.

Archery deer season starts October 4

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:42am -- tim

Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont’s upcoming October 4-26 and December 6-14 split archery deer hunting season, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “Deer are moving about and being seen more now with cooler weather to stimulate activity,” said Cedric Sanborn at R&L Archery in Barre. “Several hunters who have put out trail cameras are patterning deer activity and getting photos of nice bucks.”

Vermont Smoke and Cure now cooking with solar power

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:14am -- tim

Vermont Smoke and Cure, maker of “damn fine” bacon, ham and award winning RealSticks in Hinesburg, is teaming with AllEarth Renewables of Williston to source local renewable solar to power the company’s electrical needs. Nearly half of Vermont Smoke and Cure’s electric demand is now being supplied by solar projects with future plans for solar to fulfill all of the meat plant’s electrical load.

Vermont legislators, Quebec liaisons to focus on energy, climate, jobs at REV conference in Burlington Oct 16&17

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:24am -- tim

Leaders from the Vermont State House, Administration and Quebec Province will address attendees at Renewable Energy 2014, a two-day conference and expo in Burlington, VT focusing on the state and region’s most pressing energy challenges.  

Northwest State Correctional Facility complies with universal recycling law nearly one year ahead of schedule

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:23am -- tim

The Northwest State Corrections Facility is fully compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling law nearly one year ahead of schedule. The law, adopted in 2012, establishes a phased-in timeline for recyclables and organics to be banned from Vermont’s landfill. Baseline recyclables and food scraps from the large generators (2+ tons/week) within 20 miles of a certified composting facility will be diverted starting July 1, 2015. The Northwest State Correctional Facility met compliance on September 17, 2014 and joins Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in diverting these materials.

Vermont State Colleges Board selects Jeb Spaulding as chancellor

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A high-ranking Shumlin Administration official is leaving his position. The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Jeb Spaulding as the next Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, following the retirement of current Chancellor Tim Donovan at the end of the calendar year. Since, 2011, Spaulding has served Governor Peter Shumlin as Vermont’s Secretary of Administration. During the prior decade, he was elected five times as the Vermont State Treasurer.

Leahy announces $759,000 in USDA funding for Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:42pm -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, announced at Vermont Law School Wednesday that the US Department of Agriculture will use $759,000 in funding to support a three-year partnership between the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at VLS and the National Agricultural Library (NAL). The USDA funding will support dissemination of agricultural and food law research and the development of legal tools related to two key sustainability issues—land tenure and gleaning.

Retreat celebrates opening of new Admissions Department and Medical Clinic

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:15pm -- tim

The Brattleboro Retreat marked the opening of its redesigned Admissions Department and Medical Clinic on Tuesday with an afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony and formal dedication of a new bronze sculpture situated outside the Admissions Department entrance. The six foot tall, 350 pound bronze sculpture, entitled “A Matter of Balance,” is the creation of Vermont artist Susan Read Cronin of Manchester Center, whose mother, Signa Lynch Read, generously donated the piece to the Retreat in honor of her daughter (the artist’s sister), who died in 2013.

Campaign for Vermont releases public education spending and outcomes report

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:56am -- tim

by Campaign for Vermont Vermont’s carpenters and woodworkers understand the common sense value of the saying, “measure twice, and cut once”. Sloppy preparation wastes both valuable resources and time, they know. Campaign for Vermont urges legislative leaders to “measure twice, and cut once” when it comes to education funding reform. With over $1.5 billion in taxpayers’ funds at stake as well as the education of our children, hastily and poorly crafted proposals can do more harm than good.

Analysis: Rhetoric, recriminations and the political fringe at the VPR debate

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:59am -- tim

by Anne Galloway Governor Peter Shumlin, the incumbent Democrat, handily bested his three rivals in a debate on Vermont Public Radio Tuesday night. Shumlin used rhetoric to sidestep tough questions and successfully deflected criticism of the bungled health care exchange website among other issues. He used the forum as a platform to reiterate rhetoric about his record.