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CCV faculty overwhelmingly vote to join union

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ballots from 435 Community College of Vermont (CCV) faculty were counted Thursday at the Vermont Labor Relations Board. CCV faculty voted by mail on the question of whether to join the AFT Vermont union. 300 CCV faculty voted yes to join AFT Vermont (70% of ballots cast) in order to negotiate for an improved CCV for faculty and students. The final tally was 300 voting for the union, 131 opposed, and 4 spoiled ballots.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center presented 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) was presented with the 2017 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Prizebefore an audience of more than 10,000 nurses and conference attendees at the ANCC Magnet Conference in Houston October 11. The prize was given for SVMC’s Transitional Care Nursing Program, a part of the Accountable Community for Health Project. It is the highest honor that can be granted to a Magnet organization. Only one Magnet Prizeis given worldwide each year.

Vermont PBS premieres 'Saving Our Waters' Oct 19

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 6:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary on the health and resiliency of the Lake Champlain basin especially with the increase in extreme weather events, premieres online and on Vermont PBS Thursday, October 19 at 8 pm. Featuring interviews with scientists, community members, policy makers, farmers, business owners, and stakeholders, the series creates a comprehensive look at the watershed, which includes approximately 40 percent of Vermont.

Sanders makes case for solar at Sandia test site in Williston

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:53pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine In the near corner of one the state's largest solar sites are several sets of solar panels that seem out-of-place against the vast rows of solar panels at a former corn field in Williston. This cluster of photo-voltaic panels look different. Some are shaped differently, or are of a different shape and color, several are quite small and some even appear to be facing the wrong way. Turns out they are facing the correct way for a specialized type of bi-facial solar panel that generates more than twice the output of a typical collector.

State joins 'Children’s Environmental Health Day' for stronger protections from harmful chemicals

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, along with numerous elected officials across the country, declared October 12th Children’s Environmental Health Day. Environmental health organizations, medical professionals, business leaders, and members of the public gathered today at the Vermont State House to highlight the day, and to call for stronger protections for Vermont children from harmful chemicals.

Vermont AG challenges law firm seeking to gain private emails from gov workers

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed motions to stay and appeal the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) matter. EELI seeks to depose and gain access to personal emails and other personal communications of former Attorney General Bill Sorrell, and has now expanded its request and seeks to obtain personal emails from three current and former Assistant Attorneys General.

Education Agency hires new career pathways coordinator

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has hired Dr Oscar Aliaga as Vermont’s first ever State Career Pathways Coordinator. This position will help align Career Technical Educational (CTE) program offerings to the skill needs of key industries in Vermont’s economy, thereby ensuring students can access the education and training they need to obtain and advance in high-wage, high-growth careers in their home state.

Keurig employees from Vermont to Washington State take part in national river cleanup

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rivers around the United States are several thousand pounds lighter of trash after more than 450 employees from Keurig Green Mountain, Inc, a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing systems, took to the water this summer for the company's 13th annual river cleanup events. Keurig’s Brewing A Better World efforts around restoring waterways is done in partnership with National River Cleanup®, an initiative of American Rivers, the national river conservation organization.

Vermont businesses generate over $1.8M in total sales at The Big E

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The numbers are in and it was another successful year for Vermont businesses at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2017, the Vermont Building earned $1,804,066 in gross sales. On Vermont Day, Saturday September 23, The Big E broke a single-day attendance record attracting 171,897 fairgoers. Over the course of 17 days, the Big E set an all-time attendance record exposing over 1.5 million people to the Vermont brand.