Vermont Business Magazine Switchback Brewing Co. claimed a gold award in the 2022 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers. Awards were given in 103 beer-style categories during the World Beer Cup award ceremony on May 5, 2022 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. Switchback received a gold award in the Historical beer style category for Katie’s Love Poem, a light and lofty Grodziskie, Polish wheat beer, with a classic touch of smoke.
Vermont Business Magazine Citizens Bank today announced its Fifth Annual Small Business Community Champion Award winners, drawn from nearly 11,000 entries that described how businesses would utilize the grants to further build their enterprise, bring valuable products and services to customers and strengthen the communities in which they operate. Rose Computer in Williston won in Vermont.
Climate Pledge is Latest Step in UVM Medical Center’s Commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Health Care
Vermont Business Magazine As part of its ongoing commitment to achieving environmental sustainability, the University of Vermont Medical Center is pledging to achieve the ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The commitment comes as UVM Medical Center joins Race to Zero, the United Nations-backed global climate action campaign.
Vermont Business Magazine Shelburne Museum will open the 2022 season and kick off its 75th anniversary on Sunday, May 15 with a full slate of new exhibitions, programs, and refurbished historic buildings. Northern New England’s largest art and history museum will be open six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including holiday Mondays, through October 16.
Saint Michael's College “We’ve been putting in some serious trees this week,” said biology Professor Declan McCabe Wednesday about a recent happy flurry of planting events — mostly in the College Natural Area over several days of this first week in May — but also on Arbor Day (April 29). Trevien Stanger of the environmental studies faculty – McCabe calls him “the Lorax” after a tree-honoring Dr. Seuss character given Stanger’s passion and deep knowledge about trees – was the primary mover and shaker of all these recent spring tree events, though McCabe has a regular hand in it too as chief steward of the Natural Area.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today vetoed H.715, the Clean Heat Standard bill. The House passed the bill 88-37. Senate passed it 23-7. The House would need 100 votes to override. The Senate would need 20. The bill gives authority to the Public Utility Commission to set policies and charges to fund measures to reduce greenhouse gases. Heating fuel dealers would provide most of the funds for the GHG reductions. The cost of clean heat credits would be established by the PUC and verified by the Department of Public Service.
Vermont State Police On May 6th, 2022 at approximately 1235 hours the Vermont State Police received a report of a two vehicle crash involving a farm tractor towing a piece of farm equipment and a motorcycle. Shortly after the initial call was received a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and advised that the operator of the motorcycle, Rodney Hall (age 71 of Milton), was deceased. Subsequent investigation revealed that the tractor appeared to pull into the roadway in front of the motorcycle which was traveling west on Route 105. The operator of the tractor, Jason Kennison (age 38 of Enosburg), was transported to the St. Albans Barracks on suspicion of DUI.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 386 cases of COVID-19 for Thursday (345 Wednesday). VDH also reported three additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is now 642 lives lost. These are the first fatalities reported in May. Nearly all the recent deaths have been of people of at least 70. More than half of all deaths have been of Vermonters 80 or over.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are announcing the winners of the 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards. These 210 organizations, which represent the top ENERGY STAR partners, are making important contributions in support of America’s clean energy transition. They come from 37 states and span nearly every sector of the economy, including Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators across the United States. In New England, 13 organizations across four of the states are leading the way in support of America’s clean energy transition.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate passed legislation to protect biodiversity and improve climate resilience (H.606). The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. This policy was a recommendation of the state’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2021. This bill calls for the creation of a statewide conservation plan that identifies a full range of conservation approaches to employ. Working with stakeholders from private landowners to land trusts, working land businesses, and the public at-large, the Agency of Natural Resources will be responsible for determining the tools, programs, and mechanisms needed to advance the conservation of 30% of our land by 2030 and 50% by 2050.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today reaffirmed its overwhelming support of the Legislature’s pension reform package by voting to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto two days after the Senate’s own unanimous override vote. The governor had anticipated the override but vetoed the plan May 2 "on principle" because it did not include an option for new employees to select an investment-type retirement plan like a 401(k) and because it did not sufficiently address a several-billion-dollar unfunded retirement obligation. He called the bill a "Band-Aid." Despite that, the bill passed without a single "nay" vote.
Vermont Business Magazine The federal government has authorized the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Agency of Education (AOE) to provide a temporary food benefit to preK-12 students who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school. These benefits, called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT, are provided to students who missed meals at school due to COVID-19. Benefits are $39.90 each month for an eligible student who had at least one COVID-19-related absence. Approximately $3.6 million in benefits will be issued to 22,238 Vermont households for September 2021 through January 2022. This covers 33,234 students.