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Leahy secures $32 million to vaccinate Vermonters

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Thursday announced that Vermont has received an additional $32 million from the federal government to aid the state’s efforts to vaccinate against COVID-19. Leahy announced the federal funding during a visit to the Morrisville vaccination site hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and to Copley Hospital.

2020 Vermont’s Greenest Building Award winners announced

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 7:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ninth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards, hosted by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), recognized seven 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.

Joe Fusco: Leading in climate solutions will advance Vermont’s economy

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 6:01am -- tim

by Joe Fusco Vermont must advance creative economic solutions to climate change. We are now living and working under accelerated change and disruption. While much of it has been driven by a global pandemic, we are also feeling the impact of political and social shifts. And, still, we face the issue of climate disruption.

ANR offers free online training for town officials and community members

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 5:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has announced the launch of an online training for Municipal officials. Sixteen informative videos, most around 10 minutes long, are intended to help new, and not-so-new, municipal officials learn about ANR’s work and the tools available to help communities. While trainings are specifically tailored to municipal officials, any community member who would like to learn more about ANR’s work is invited to participate.

iSun acquires intellectual property of Oakwood Construction Services

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50 years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services, today announced that it has acquired all of the intellectual property of Oakwood Construction Services, Inc, and its affiliates, a utility-scale solar EPC company, for a total consideration of $2.7 million, with $1.0 million due immediately and the remaining $1.7 million contingent upon the achievement of certain milestones.

CSWD expands days at Essex, Richmond, and South Burlington locations

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 2:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden Solid Waste District's Drop-Off Centers located in Essex, Richmond, and South Burlington are now open additional days. All seven CSWD Drop-Off Centers are open to the public. They've made many changes, so if you haven't visited a DOC lately, visit before you go. The website provides full details for each location, including materials, quantities, and vehicles accepted (this may vary by location), hours of operation, fees, and guidelines for ensuring your visit is safe and efficient.

VDH COVID-19 Update: State marks recent low of 42 cases, one death for 230

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 5:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting a recent low of 42 cases of COVID-19. There was one more death for 230 statewide. Governor Phil Scott and other officials have now outlined the State’s stepped plan to methodically and safely ease mitigation measures as more Vermonters are vaccinated. The plan uses vaccination rates as the key milestones for transitioning Vermont businesses to more general, universal guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, modifying travel guidance, and for when gathering size can increase between now and July 4.

NH firm fined for spilling chlorinated water into Hartland stream

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 4:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Cushing & Sons, Inc, was fined $12,750 for spilling chlorinated water into a stream in Hartland when it overfilled a company tanker truck. While withdrawing water, the truck operator became distracted by traffic congestion and the water tank overfilled, resulting in a discharge of 50-100 gallons of chlorinated water to Harlow Brook. An investigation the following day revealed more than 60 dead amphibians and fish including brook trout.

Smith and Toll: An investment in UVM is an investment in Vermont’s future

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 4:13pm -- tim

by Shap Smith and Catherine “Kitty” Toll As longtime former state legislators, we know how difficult the budget allocation process can be. Inevitably there are more deserving projects than dollars to support them.

The recently passed American Rescue Plan—which comes on the heels of the CARES Act and brings a total of over $2.5 billion in federal dollars to the state of Vermont—has once again put lawmakers in the position of choosing which among a long list of worthy initiatives should be funded. 

VSP: Simple assault involving a trooper

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 4:09pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, cited Trooper Robert Zink, 39, of Arlington on suspicion of simple assault following a six-week investigation into a use-of-force incident that occurred during an arrest February 23, 2021, in the driveway of a private residence on Tinkham Road in Shaftsbury. Zink has been on paid relief from his duty assignment at the Shaftsbury Barracks since Feb. 24, 2021. His status as of Wednesday, April 7, is unpaid relief from duty.