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Cigna employee receives fellowship to bring 'Sheds' model to Vermont

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine OneCare Vermont has partnered with Cigna’s Community Ambassador Fellowship program to reduce social isolation and build resiliency for older Vermonters. Alison Hemphill, a Senior Account Manager in Cigna’s Burlington office, was selected as a 2020 Fellow and will work with OneCare Vermont’s primary prevention team to launch a “Sheds” initiative as they aim to improve social connections for older residents and create a space where members can contribute their skills to the needs of the broader community.

Vail supports Okemo-area programs

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts EpicPromise has announced the recipients of the 2019-2020 community grants cycle. Eight local non-profit organizations received $21,500 in grant support aimed at supporting the issues that matter most to the Okemo Valley Area community. Across the company, Vail Resorts will give $14 million in support to more than 350 community non-profits throughout the upcoming year. Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow is owned by Colorado-based Vail.

Burlington boil water advisory lifted

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The precautionary boil water advisory, issued Saturday at approximately 2:30PM, for the low service water system in Burlington and limited parts of South Burlington was lifted today. Sample results have confirmed that it is safe to use the water. There are no active boil water advisories. Outside of the special sampling taken to lift the advisory, drinking water is also tested throughout the day at the drinking water plant and weekly throughout the distribution system.

Mill River Brewing set to host charity ice fishing derby for water quality, Feb 22

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Good news has emerged about phosphorus load reductions into Lake Champlain, and Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse (MRB) is set to celebrate the data — and continue work on its Clean Water Campaign — with the 1st Annual Clean Water Ice Fishing Derby to benefit the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC).

Leonine: Override by any other name

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 7:33am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The tension between Republican Governor Phil Scott and Democrats in the legislature continued this week with Scott’s veto of S.23, a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $12.55 by January 1, 2022. In vetoing the bill the governor criticized it for what he believes will be a negative impact on job growth and employers, particularly in rural areas. The Senate was swift to respond, and on Thursday voted to override the veto by a vote of 24-6.

Briglin: Vermont has highest GHG emissions in New England

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 10:11pm -- tim

by Tim Briglin (D-Thetford Center) Chair of the House Energy & Technology Committee Building more resilient communities and transitioning to locally-sourced clean energy isn’t just good climate policy, it’s good economic policy. Vermont has made strides toward a green energy economy, but there’s much more to do. The Global Warming Solutions Act holds our state accountable to achieving targeted greenhouse gas emission reductions, supporting rural resilience to climate change, and ensuring that the benefits of a clean energy economy are broadly shared.

Burlington boil water order in effect

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 12:35pm -- tim

Burlington Department of Public Works We would like to share a general update as people are preparing for their day about the precautionary boil water advisory that has been issued through most of Burlington and a very limited part of South Burlington. A water main break on a 16” (large) main at 339 Pine Street led to a depressurization in a significant part of our distribution system. To comply with recent state requirements and out of an abundance of caution, we have issued this precautionary boil water advisory.

Sugarbush Resort hosts climate change forum with Protect Our Winters

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 5:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush Resort, in partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW), is hosting an open forum on climate change and related issues facing the snow sports industry. The forum, titled The Future of Snow, is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 22nd in the Gate House Lodge at Lincoln Peak.

Hughes: Where TCI came from and where it can take us

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 3:02am -- tim

by Tom Hughes Later this spring, Governor Phil Scott will have the opportunity to strengthen the economy, promote equity, and protect the environment by joining the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). If Gov. Scott refuses to join our regional neighbors in the fight against climate pollution, it is very likely that Vermonters will pay higher prices for fossil fuels without receiving any of TCI’s investment benefits.

LCC Winter E-News: Climate action, common agenda, trail and field work

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:07am -- tim

Lori Fisher, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Committee In this issue of Enews we share some recent legislative initiatives (including a call to action on climate change for Vermont members), introduce you to Director of Science & Water Programs Lauren Sopher (read her Lake Look column about Lakeshore Grasslands below) and let you know of some funding that will assist our Trail and field projects. Please read on for those updates along with clean lake tips, nature notes and water news from near and far.

Four Seasons Sotheby's ranks #1 in Vermont for luxury property sales

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 3:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it again retained the #1 Ranking for Luxury Property sales in Vermont. The company reported its results based on its ongoing success with residential sales priced over $1 million. According to Vermont multiple listing service data, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty closed 38 transaction sides totaling $64 million in property value.