Vermont Business Magazine Mortarboards will fly once more as Champlain College will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for its traditional undergraduate and Champlain College Online undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Champlain will award honorary doctorates to commencement speakers Aly Richards, chief executive officer of Let’s Grow Kids, and nationally renowned journalist and author Garrett Graff. The ceremonies will also feature student speakers Izzy Bell and Paula Realbuto. Hilary Delisle, a Champlain College staff member and alumna, will sing the national anthem. The events will take place at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, at 10 am for traditional undergraduate students and 3 pm for students receiving Champlain College Online undergraduate and master’s degrees.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it is best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and it is also against the law. The Department has announced that trout originally planned for the 2022 stocking season at Sugar Hill Reservoir, also known as Goshen Dam, in Goshen will be diverted to other area waterways for anglers. Also, hunters who provided the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website.
Dartmouth College Russell Wilson, a top NFL quarterback who has been widely recognized for his community service, will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address on June 12. A nine-time Pro Bowl player, Wilson has won 113 games, including playoffs, the most in NFL history by any quarterback in his first 10 seasons. He led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in 2014 and in 2021 received the league’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, recognizing his excellence on the field and his longstanding commitment to giving back. Wilson will receive an honorary degree at commencement along with seven other leaders in the fields of physics, engineering, economics, media, business and finance, and international development.
Vermont Business Magazine Encore Renewable Energy, a leading innovator in community-scale clean energy, announced today it has closed on a $20 million senior loan provided by Lacuna Sustainable Investments and Javelin Capital. Lacuna and Javelin are both solution-based providers of strategic capital to renewable energy clients and add substantial expertise in support of Encore’s long-term objectives. This interim debt financing retires existing debt and provides significant growth capital for expansion into new geographic markets and the advancement of innovative clean energy solutions including solar + storage, brownfield redevelopment, and dual land-use agrivoltaic initiatives.
Vermont Business Magazine Rising gas prices, societal trends and a growing charging infrastructure have sparked a new demand for alternative fuel vehicles. Analysts from online insurer QuoteWizard found that while search interest for electric cars spiked 300% between February and March of 2022, demand for alternative fuel vehicles is up 40% for electric cars and 50% for hybrid vehicles compared to 2021.
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Vermont Business Magazine After falling in early April, gasoline prices are again on the rise. Statewide, the average price of gasoline was $4.25 per gallon as of Monday, up 11 cents in a week, 7 cents higher in a month and a $1.44 higher than a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, March 4th 2022, Bromley Mountain held their 19th annual “Mom’s Day Off” and raised more than $4,000 to benefit women’s breast cancer care at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. Bromley Mountain Ski Resort’s President Bill Cairns (left) presented the check to President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Bromley in Peru, VT.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 504 cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday, up 200 in one day (304 Monday, 98 Sunday). There were 294 cases on Saturday, 323 on Friday and 417 on Thursday. Cases have edged up in recent weeks, especially in Bennington and Washington counties, and grew 5 percent in the last week (2,317 new cases, 318 more cases compared to last week).
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate voted to advance the Clean Heat Standard bill (H.715), 88-37, for further development by the Public Utility Commission, after adding a disappointing amendment that weakened the law by requiring it to be endorsed again in the 2024 Legislature. The Clean Heat Standard is a core plank of the state’s new Climate Action Plan, designed to help Vermonters access more affordable, cleaner energy solutions. Implementing action in the heating sector at the scale of the Clean Heat Standard is essential to meeting the state’s legal obligation to reduce climate pollution.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont House took a critical step forward in addressing a long history of undue environmental injustice by passing Vermont’s first statewide Environmental Justice bill, S.148, by a vote of 109-31. The bill will next go back to the Senate to consider the changes made by the House. The Environmental Justice bill is a high priority of the environmental community this session, and will be critical in bringing Vermont in line with the majority of other states working to design meaningful solutions for justice through deep public engagement and partnership with those most impacted by undue environmental harm. The bill would create the first statutory definition of environmental justice in Vermont, build a framework for the state to better address structural inequities, and create a path for Vermont to work towards a future where a clean environment is prioritized and accessible for all.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont, for the first time in its history, received more than 30,000 applications for undergraduate admission, leading the university to be even more selective and setting the stage for the Class of 2026 to be the highest-achieving incoming class ever. The number of applicants to UVM also hit record levels in 2021, when the university attracted 25,500 applications, 38% more than the previous year. This year, the number of applicants jumped another 19% to 30,363. The Class of 2026 will arrive on campus with an average SAT score of 1347, average ACT score of 31, and average GPA of 3.8. It also includes the greatest number of students who identify as students of color (72 more students, 21% higher than in 2021-2022), first-generation students (296 students, making up 9% of the class), and students who come from outside of New England (182 more students, 13% higher than in 2021-2022).