The Vermont Ski Areas Association is excited to announce the winners of the third annual Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence at Vermont Ski Resorts. Judged by Alan Hebert of Efficiency Vermont, Melinda Vieux, President of Green Up Vermont, and VSAA President Parker Riehle, resorts competed to win awards in environmental stewardship.
The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has announced the launch of the Food, Farms & Forests Fund, a new capital resource dedicated to investing in Vermont's healthy foods, sustainable agriculture and natural resources enterprises. A kick-off celebration is scheduled for the evening of May 20th at Shelburne Farms. A short program will outline the goals and opportunities the new Fund presents in Vermont’s food and farm financing landscape.
Expert Drain Care, LLC, a Brattleboro-based corporation that does business as Roto Rooter and Monadnock Septic, was convicted of three felony environmental crimes in Vermont Superior Court, Brattleboro Criminal Division last week. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Vermont Attorney General's Office, Expert Drain Care pled no contest to one count of transportation of solid waste without a permit, one count of illegal disposal of solid waste, and one count of false claims. In addition to the three felony convictions, Expert Drain Care must pay a $5,000.00 fine and related court costs.
by Don Turner Last November, Vermonters sent a clear message that the status quo no longer worked for them. Vermonters told us that we needed to get to work to return Vermont to a sound and sustainable fiscal path, work to make Vermont a more affordable place to live and work to grow our economy so that the next generation of Vermonters will have more opportunities than we have had.
Kathy Giusti, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and a long time New Canaan resident, delivered the 214th Commencement Address to the graduating class of the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Life Sciences and Agriculture on May 17, 2015. Giusti graduated from UVM in 1980 and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters in 2013. She received her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1985.
The Vermont Department of Health is offering grants to small businesses with between five to 50 employees to create worksite wellness programs. The Working Toward Wellness grants provide funding and technical assistance to develop seven workplace wellness programs at seven sites across the state: Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport and White River Junction.
“Worksites are a great place to focus on changing health behaviors by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday joined local, state and federal officials to break ground on Burlington’s new Downtown Transit Center, a project 15 years in the making. Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a pivotal role in securing $8 million for the long planed center, as well as nearly $40 million in federal funding for public transit stations and buses across Vermont over the past 15 years.
by Public Assets Institute Desperate to find a way to reduce property taxes, the Vermont Legislature’s latest idea is to increase property taxes in scores of communities. Huh? Seriously. The plan is to impose property tax penalties on districts with per-pupil spending that is higher than the Legislature thinks it should be. Each school district will have its own assigned spending threshold per pupil, and voters will pay a tax penalty if their district exceeds the threshold.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, Vermont Tech celebrated the college’s 149th annual commencement ceremony. The Ceremony returned to Vermont Tech’s Randolph Center campus location for the first time in more than five years. Vermont Tech graduates students in both bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs.
“Leave here today with the confidence that graduates from this college will lead the way, because you know how to get things done,” said Vermont Tech President Dan Smith to the graduating class. “That is the exception in this day and age.”
Given that she was sharing the speaker’s platform with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx, a less confident person than Nina Totenberg might have had second thoughts about starting her speech at the University of Vermont’s 2014 commencement Sunday morning with two extended pieces of creative writing.
Progress for Vermont
by Governor Peter Shumlin We convened the legislative session in January with the goal of making this economy work for every single Vermonter and resolving the challenges that undermine our quality of life. It was an agenda focused on jobs, quality of life, our environment, and making Vermont a place that works for everyone, not just those who are already doing well. Five months later, we have taken great steps toward that goal.
The University of Vermont officially broke ground May 15 on its $104 million STEM project, the largest capital project in UVM history. Speakers at the event included Governor Peter Shumlin, who has urged the university to produce more STEM graduates to meet the needs of Vermont’s high-tech sector, as well as Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, UVM Board of Trustees chair Deborah McAneny, president Tom Sullivan, doctoral student Lane Manning, and Richard Bundy, president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation.