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F-35 night flying operations next week

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, is scheduled to conduct F-35 night flying from Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 17, with additional night operations from Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 24.
Area residents may see and hear F-35A Lightning II aircraft taking off and landing from the Burlington International Airport during this time. All night flight training operations are scheduled to be completed before 10:00 p.m.

Construction of long-sought Forest HQ will begin this month

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 12:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Forest Service will begin construction this month of a new Forest Supervisor’s Headquarters building for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests (GMNF). The $6 million facility will be built on Route 4 in Mendon. Senator Patrick Leahy and the GMNF made the announcement on Thursday. Leahy has made a high priority of securing a visitor-friendly, federally owned GMNF Headquarters.

City of Burlington files suit against CityPlace developer

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 12:10pm -- tim
Action Follows the Developer Moving to Terminate Development Agreement and Initiating Legal Dispute. VBM photo of Mayor Weinberger, left, and Don Sinex at the original CityPlace announcement April 20,2016.
Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, September 8, the City of Burlington filed suit in Vermont Superior Court against BTC Mall Associates, LLC, the developer of the CityPlace Burlington project. The City also filed a motion for preliminary injunction to promptly compel BTC to build the public improvements as required in the written Development Agreement with the City.

Killington to open November 14 with COVID plan in place

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Killington President Mike Solimano said today that they are planning to open for skiing and riding on November 14, weather and terrain permitting. He said they believe November 14 is a realistic date to achieve top-to-bottom skiing and riding with access to multiple base area lifts. Along with state guidelines, COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place by then. Changes include some access points being altered to ensure social distancing, a contactless ticket process and parking reservation requirements for all visitors. Killington's sister resort at Pico is scheduled to open December 19.

Greenvest becomes a Certified B Corporation

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 10:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Greenvest, a socially and environmentally responsible financial advisory firm, is proud to announce they have officially become a Certified B Corporation. Greenvest joins the rapidly growing movement of more than 3,400 Certified B Corporations from 150 industries, across 71 countries, including companies such as Seventh Generation, King Arthur Baking Company, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Organic, Suncommon, Athleta, and Cabot Creamery.

Lawmakers advancing $56.8 million in funding for state colleges

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont House is advancing a state budget that includes a historic $56.8 million of funding for the Vermont State College System. This represents a maintenance of the $30 million of annual base funding, a special $23.8 million emergency bridge to stabilize the colleges’ finances, and $3 million for COVID-crisis workforce training.

Green Lantern Solar completes construction of 500kW array in Vernon

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury-based renewable energy company, Green Lantern Solar, completed construction of a 500 kW AC solar array in Vernon, Vermont. This array joins just over 100 projects in Vermont developed by Green Lantern, accounting for nearly 40 megawatts (MW) of new in-state solar power to Vermont’s grid. Sixty-six towns all over Vermont now host Green Lantern arrays.

UVM Medical Center wins national environmental award

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center has been honored as one of 25 hospitals to receive the Environmental Excellence award by Practice Greenhealth, a leading national advocate for sustainable practices in health care. The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award is Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals and recognizes efforts to address links between the environment and human health, use data to demonstrate successes, and show leadership in their local communities and across the health care sector.

House gives final approval to Global Warming Solutions Act

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 5:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today gave final approval to H.688, the Global Warming Solutions Act, on a vote of 102-45. The House concurred with the Senate proposal of amendment and the bill will now be sent to Governor Scott. The governor suggested at his press conference Tuesday that he would veto the bill if it came to his desk without changes, which were not forthcoming. He does not explicitly comment on whether he will sign a bill or not until it reaches his desk. The bill will need to go through the usual legal vetting process first.