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Vermont-NEA: Resumption of schools requires phased-in approach

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont-NEA is proposing a return to in-person instruction in four phases, in combination with distance and hybrid learning models, expanded social and mental health services, local safety-and-health committees, instructional planning to address racial and social inequities, expanded staffing to provide essential services, facility preparations, and more guidance and assistance to special educators.

Maroney: Dairy should go organic to save itself and the lake

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:34am -- tim

by James Maroney The new model was really a no-brainer and for early adopters, conventional farming was delivering as advertised. But predictably the model was also bringing a few unwanted side effects, chief among them over production, which would depress farm prices, which would in turn drive farm attrition, which would then drive rural economic decay. These conditions were beginning to hurt even the early adopters, known as ‘progressive’ farmers, driving them to expand and consolidate their neighbors, to acquire more land and machinery on which to apply the model. And if these side effects weren’t bad enough, the application of more toxic fertilizers and the stocking of more cows on increasingly fewer, increasingly larger farms would drive lake pollution, which the federal government was urging Vermont to control.

Lung Association asks Vermont residents for #MyCleanAirStory

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 6:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Clean Air Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is responsible for reducing air pollution in much of the nation and saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Despite this public health success, climate change poses new challenges to protecting the nation’s air quality because it makes air pollution worse, placing the health of Vermont residents at risk. Through the Stand Up For Clean Air initiative, the Lung Association asks Vermont residents to pledge to take action on climate change and air pollution, including raising awareness about the need for clean air. Today, the Lung Association is announcing a new effort to encourage everyone to share why clean air matters to them through the #MyCleanAirStory social media campaign.

Green Lantern Solar featured on 2020 US top solar contractors list

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 5:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at the moment, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local Vermont company Green Lantern Solar was highlighted as one of the nation’s top 20 solar developers, achieving a national rank of 17, and a top commercial solar contractor achieving a national rank of 42.

DeltaClimeVT connects start-ups with Vermont energy companies

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 5:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Entrepreneurs from nine start-ups focused on reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings graduated from the DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 climate economy business accelerator during a virtual awards ceremony July 16. During the event, three companies received cash awards and five companies were selected for pilot projects with DeltaClimeVT sponsors Burlington Electric Department (BED), Green Mountain Power (GMP) and Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA).

Consolidated offers CCiTV to businesses in Maine, NH and Vermont

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 3:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, announced the expansion of CCiTV to small and medium sized businesses throughout Northern New England. CCiTV is flexible, easy-to-use and delivers an all HD channel lineup that gives businesses the edge in creating a more comfortable customer experience. Business owners have a choice of CCiTV packages, including regional and national sports options, and can save on equipment costs by using their own streaming device, such as Amazon Fire or Apple TV.

Dartmouth effort uses dragonflies to monitor mercury

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 3:34am -- tim

by David Hirsch, Dartmouth College A citizen science program that began over a decade ago has confirmed the use of dragonflies to measure mercury pollution, according to a study co-authored by Celia Chen, director of Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program developed a regional effort in New Hampshire and Vermont in 2010. The project was expanded nationally by the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

VDH COVID-19 Update: One new case, employers should follow regular health guidance

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 5:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting one new case of COVID-19 statewide. There is one person hospitalized and there have been no deaths since June 16, which are holding at 56. The best way to know when it’s safe for someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to return to work is to follow guidance based on the presence of symptoms, or the amount of time that has passed since the person was tested. This can be found in the employer guidance, under “When can employees with COVID-19 return to work?”

AARP Vermont awards $10,000 in Community Action Grants

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 4:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AARP Vermont has selected seven small organizations with big plans to receive Community Action Grants in support of their efforts to make their communities more livable as they respond to the many impacts of COVID-19. This year’s awards totaling some $10,000 are focused on a wide range of projects to enhance the community and promote livability. The initiative is part of an AARP Vermont program aimed at preparing Vermont cities and towns for the rapidly aging demographic shift that recognize the assets and opportunities in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement.

Tax revenues down but holding, FY21 looking 'grim'

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tax revenue collections for the month of June, the final month of Fiscal Year 2020, as anticipated, were below the forecast in all three funds due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay in tax filing deadlines. Overall, General Fund tax revenues collected for the month totaled $121.20 million, or -$20.61 million below the June consensus cash flow expectations. Deferred payments, once collected, will make FY20 look just about balanced. But the state faces a downgrade of some $200 million for FY21, which started July 1