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Casella pilots recycling subscription for hard-to-recycle waste

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, in partnership with TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company that specializes in hard-to-recycle materials, is pleased to announce the upcoming TerraCycle Pouch by Casella pilot subscription program. Beginning in the Fall of 2022, residents in and around Burlington will be invited to subscribe to a supplementary recycling service for a wide array of items that are not acceptable in curbside recycling. With this pilot program, Casella will be one of the first fully integrated resource management companies to offer additional services for materials that are not recyclable curbside.

Site improvements resume at south end of Lake Willoughby

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has resumed work on improvements to the south end of Lake Willoughby in Westmore, VT. These improvements began last fall and are in response to significant increases in visitation and use. This project is intended to improve safety, environmental quality, and visitor enjoyment at Willoughby State Forest. FPR will be posting regular project updates on a dedicated Twitter account and on the FPR website.

Sanders says Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t meet needs of the American people

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 7:32am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate gave remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act, calling on his colleagues to study the bill thoroughly and to come up with amendments and suggestions as to how to improve it in order to meet the needs of the American people. "Given that this is the last reconciliation bill that we will be considering this year, it is the only opportunity that we have to do something significant for the American people that requires only 50 votes and that cannot be filibustered. This is an opportunity that must not be squandered."

Nomad launches portfolio of mobile energy storage systems

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 7:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nomad Transportable Power Systems, a company founded by US-based battery manufacturer KORE Power, unveiled a portfolio of mobile energy storage systems (units); these mobile-focused, lithium-ion storage units can disrupt fossil-fuel dominated sectors by removing traditional barriers to energy storage adoption such as cost, siting, and installation. At a ribbon cutting event in Waterbury on Monday, Jay Bellows, CEO of NOMAD, hailed the arrival of mobile lithium-ion storage as a new opportunity to slash pollution and deliver reliability.

5 new geologic maps released to help state manage natural resources

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 6:46am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Geological Survey (VGS) released five new geologic maps to help address issues like groundwater contamination, landslide hazards, and geologic resource planning. The new surficial geologic maps show the types of glacial and other loose materials above the state’s bedrock like clay, sand, gravel, and till.

Aegis Renewable named 2022 Top Solar Contractor

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 4:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Despite concerns over supply chain interruptions and tariff investigations, the US solar industry saw record solar and energy storage demand in 2021. Aegis Renewable Energy can attest to this, having one of its busiest years yet. Solar Power World has recognized the company's installation success by ranking Aegis Renewable Energy at No. 196 on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors list. Aegis is ranked 79 among solar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firms and ranked 81 in the US for Top Commercial Contractors. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by industry magazine Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States.

Green Mountain Solar responds to Public Service Department request

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 3:26am -- tim

Green Mountain Solar The Public Service Department has issued a request for public input asking Vermonters for their opinion on where our electricity comes from, and Green Mountain Solar is here to speak up! We believe that Vermont’s renewable energy policies are not ambitious enough, and in their current status, can be counterproductive by leading to detrimental greenwashing. Vermont should review these policies to align with Vermonters’ demand for truly green energy. There is a common misconception in Vermont: That our grid is already green enough. The truth is that our current renewable energy policies lead to textbook greenwashing. It all starts with our state’s goal of 90% renewable energy for the electric grid by 2050 as outlined by the States Comprehensive Energy Plan.

Unfounded bomb threats reported at multiple locations throughout Vermont

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 4:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police and other law-enforcement agencies are investigating after receiving multiple reports of explosive devices or suspicious items in and around college and university campuses across Vermont on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. No devices have been found, and the threats all appear to be unfounded.

Torpy, Carpenter, Parsons to receive VCRD awards

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 3:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) today announced the recipients of the Vermont Community Leadership Award and Vermont Lifetime Leadership Award. These awards will be presented at VCRD’s 2022 Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 10 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph. This year, the Lifetime Leadership Award is being presented to Brenda Torpy, the former CEO of Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), and Sarah Carpenter, the former Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA). The 2022 Community Leadership Award will be given to Pam Parsons of Richford and the Executive Director of the Northern Tier Center for Health (the NOTCH).