Vermont Business Magazine Green Lantern Solar and the Franklin West Supervisory Union are pleased to announce that Bellows Free Academy High School in Fairfax and Georgia Elementary & Middle School are now participants in Vermont’s net metering program. The two schools started receiving credits in December 2020 from Green Lantern’s newest 500 kW array located in Saint Albans. Since the array went online, Green Lantern has had the opportunity to share details of the array’s development and ongoing production with the students of the BFA Climate Change Club, which is studying the effects of climate change and potential solutions, guided by FWSU science teachers Laura Heil and Thomas Lane.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to join the next Clean Water Series talk on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 12–1 pm. The talk will highlight wetland conservation and is part of a monthly virtual series featuring efforts to protect and restore water quality in Vermont. At the event, David Sausville, a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will discuss a new wetland restoration program. The goal of the program is to improve water quality while providing habitat for wildlife and public land for recreation.
Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $9,609,431 to the University of Vermont Medical Center for its COVID-19 response efforts March 1-June 30, 2020. This Public Assistance (PA) grant funding is awarded for the development of testing sites, leases for sites and quarantine facilities, use of equipment, paying medical and technical support, and tracking procurement and distribution of supplies. The funds are reimbursed 100% through the PA program.
Vermont Business Magazine The State of Vermont received a grant totaling over $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), awarded to help reimburse expenses associated with ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. The grant of $1,397,762 is given to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, to pass through to Southern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), for food distribution to high risk populations. Work performed under this grant occurred from January 18 to February 14.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 162 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths for a statewide total of 227. They also are reporting more than 205,000 Vermonters have received at least one dose of vaccine, or nearly 40 percent of Vermont adults. They're reminding the public that parents or primary caregivers who are caring for children with certain high-risk conditions can now make appointments for vaccination. And any adult in the BIPOC community regardless of age can sign up starting Thursday.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Thursday will meet with directors of Vermont’s federally qualified health centers to discuss the $33.37 million in emergency funding that is coming to the state’s 11 health centers as a result of the American Rescue Plan. Serving 155,000 people, the state of Vermont has the highest per capita participation in the nation in the federally qualified health center program. Today, nearly one-in-three Vermonters rely on community health centers because they know they will get high quality health care, dental care, mental health counseling and affordable prescription drugs at the 11 health centers and 66 sites throughout the state.
Vermont Business Magazine United Way of Northwest Vermont—an organization dedicated to improving lives in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties—announces its plans to distribute $1.7 million in community funding in 2021, raised through a combination of United Way’s annual community campaign, federal grants and United Way’s COVID-19 response and recovery funds. The new funding distribution begins in June.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alumnus at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Major General Gary Keefe ’86, US Air Force Reserve and Massachusetts National Guard adjutant general, returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony at 3 pm May 1.
Vermont Research News Almost three-quarters (73%) of land in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont is forested. Of this forested land, 82% is privately owned. Most of the decisions regarding the future of these forests are in the hands of private family forest landowners. In the period between the late Pleistocene era and the early Holocene era (around 12,500 years ago) the Younger Dryas cooling event occurred, resulting in very cold winter conditions and increased seasonality. A recent poll conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies found that 68 percent of voters want to keep vote-by-mail options, even when the pandemic is over.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont law enforcement and public health leaders today joined together to urge Vermonters to call 9-1-1 if an overdose occurs to save people’s lives. Vermont’s Good Samaritan Law provides protections from criminal liability for those who call for help from the scene of an overdose. A recent report from the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) found that, based on preliminary data, opioid-related deaths increased by 38 percent in Vermont in 2020, from 114 deaths in 2019 to 157 in 2020. According to VDH, fentanyl—which was involved in 88 percent of opioid-related deaths in 2020—continues to be the primary driver of opioid-related deaths in Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting all negative results in both staff and the incarcerated population at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport during COVID testing conducted Monday, March 29. This is the first time all tests have returned negative since the outbreak began in late February. There are currently two positive incarcerated cases and three positive staff cases at the facility. A total of 177 prior positive individuals have been medically cleared to leave isolation, which means they are no longer considered COVID-positive or exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
Vermont Business Magazine Watertown NY-based United Neighbors Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors voted to move forward with a merger with SeaComm Federal Credit Union, based in Massena, NY, with an office in South Burlington. The United Neighbor’s members approved the merger at a special meeting held on March 30, 2021. The $4.5 million in assets credit union has one location on Coffeen Street in the City and serves all of Jefferson County, NY. SeaComm with $720 million in assets, 50,000 members and eight retail branch locations, serves St Lawrence, Franklin, Essex and Clinton Counties, NY, and Grand Isle, Franklin and Chittenden Counties in Vermont.