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Increased awareness needed when open burning during dry weather

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is currently experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions, and the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is reminding the public to exercise caution and follow all state laws and local ordinances with open burning. Open burning currently requires a permit from your town forest fire warden, and Vermonters should always check with their town forest fire warden before burning. 

UVM & VT United Ways survey puts health priority-setting in hands of community

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:11pm -- tim

Aim is to determine most important community health issues in time of COVID-19

Vermont Business Magazine Many types of circumstances—unexpected and expected—can impact an individual’s and a community’s health, but a pandemic can turn things completely upside-down. After seven months of navigating in COVID-19’s

Leahy on Supreme Court vacancy and peaceful transition of power

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:08pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy I spoke on the Floor earlier this week about what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg meant to the courts, what she meant to the struggle for equality for millions of Americans, and what she meant to me. Standing just over five feet tall, she was nonetheless a giant of the law. She was also overwhelmingly good and kind. We will forever be in her debt.

Vermont gets nearly $200,000 from EPA

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that five organizations in New England are among 42 organizations across 39 states to receive grant funding totaling $9.3 million, supporting pollution prevention across the country. In New England, almost $900,000 will fund projects in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation received nearly $200,000.

2019 Vermont’s Greenest Building Award winners announced

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The eighth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards, hosted by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), have recognized two projects and design/build teams. The projects received awards for achieving the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance for commercial and residential buildings and documentation of green building strategies including health, transportation, water and affordability. 

BCA launches virtual auction to benefit artists and Community Members

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 3:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the first time ever, Burlington City Arts is opening up its annual art auction to the broader community by moving it online. Typically an invitation-only event hosted in a private home, the auction is live now through Tuesday, September 29. Featuring over 60 local artists working in a variety of media, including landscape photographs, abstract prints, handmade jewelry, and ceramics, the auction will support the exhibiting artists by sharing up to 50% of the value of art sold with the creator (unless the piece has been donated by the artist or collector, in which case BCA will receive 100 percent of the proceeds).

VDH COVID-19 Update: People of color impacted more by virus

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the newest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight, the Vermont Department of Health focuses on Vermont COVID-19 cases among Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). There is a disproportionate number of BIPOC with COVID-19 in Vermont. There are a number of contributing factors to these disparities – including systemic and structural racism, socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice, and oppressive systems that affect the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work.

Raj Bhakta closes on Green Mountain College

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:24pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine “I believe in hard work,” said Raj Peter Bhakta. He is not thinking small. All he wants to do is save America. As of Monday Bhakta is officially the owner of Poultney's Green Mountain College. Bhakta presented the winning bid of $4.55 million for the sprawling former environmentally based institution on September 4. With a 10 percent buyer’s premium, the deal is valued at just over $5 million. He is the sole owner.

PAI: Vermont’s unemployment rate riddle

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The official monthly employment numbers for August were released last Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Vermont’s reported unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in July to 4.8 percent in August. That would normally be great news. Fewer unemployed means more people have gone back to work, right? But that’s not what happened last month.

Scott signs bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in energy and transportation sectors

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed S337, creating new programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors. Under S337 Vermont’s efficiency utilities will create programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and thermal sectors. Electrification of transportation and heating are essential to the state’s work to lower carbon emissions. This transition can also have positive impacts on energy affordability for Vermonters.

Welch hails passage of bill to save USCIS jobs

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D) applauded the inclusion of additional USCIS funding in the stopgap government funding bill (HR 8337) that passed the US House of Representatives on Tuesday night. The additional funds, long championed by Welch and Senators Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I), will prevent the furloughs of agency staff in Vermont, and across the nation.

Legislature working on new round of recovery grants

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 10:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Economic Recovery Grant Program is fully subscribed at this time and is now closed. The Legislature is working on another round of funding for the program and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) will announce the details of that new phase soon. If you have an application that is in process, ACCD is continuing to process applications in the order they were submitted until the remaining money is gone.