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Flyin Ryan releases decisions program app for beta testing

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 2:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation mission revolves around the belief that self-identity driven by internally composed core values answers the question “Who am I?” and stimulates a sense of ownership and responsibility for subsequent behavior. Core Values Matter. This is the central focus of the Decisions Program; EXPOSING people to Ryan’s core principles, INSPIRING them to explore and compose their own set of core values, and ACTING on the core principles they have composed. We have developed programs that explore and promote these principles in two targeted sectors, education and athletics, with workshops typically taught in-person.

New report examines Vermont’s response to climate change

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 3:05pm -- tim
What is state government focusing on today? What challenges is the state ignoring altogether?
Vermont Business Magazine A new report lays the groundwork for understanding what topics and challenges are being prioritized by state government in the push to move Vermont toward a clean energy economy, limit carbon pollution, and prepare for the impacts of climate change that are unavoidable.

St Albans Co-op among NE facilities providing public with chemical information under EPA settlements

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four New England facilities have reported publicly on their use of certain chemicals, creating a safer environment for the public, as a result of investigations and enforcement actions taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All four facilities quickly corrected their non-reporting when notified of their oversight. The St Albans Creamery was among them.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics canceled through Friday, April 23

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:58pm -- tim

People with appointments can reschedule by calling the Health Department at 855-722-7878
Vermont Business Magazine State officials announced Thursday that Vermont will follow the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and extend the pause on the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for an additional week. The federal pause is in place to allow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices the time it needs to gather more data about reported side effects. The committee will meet again next week.

Sanders, Omar, et al introduce the End Polluter Welfare Act

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ahead of today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on “The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act to close tax loopholes and eliminate federal subsidies for the oil, gas, and coal industries. While the 20 largest fossil fuel companies account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era, all while raking in absurd profits, American taxpayers today pay $15 billion per year in direct federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. In 2020, the oil, gas, and coal industry spent more than $115 million lobbying Congress in defense of these giveaways for an over 13,000% return on investment.

Forecasts call for heavy, wet snow, possible outages across higher elevations

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:57pm -- tim
GMP is Urging Safety for Customers, Crews are Ready to Respond. VTrans Closes Smugglers' Notch Route 108 in Stowe
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is urging safety for customers and is prepared to respond to possible outages as a spring storm rolls across the region Thursday, bringing heavy, wet snow to higher elevations which forecasters say could tear down trees and power lines overnight. Southern and central Vermont, especially at elevations above 1,000 feet, are most at risk.

ANR: Have fun, get outside, earn free state park entry

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Parks is happy to announce that the 2021 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is on! The Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is a statewide outdoor scavenger hunt designed for kids (but anyone can participate), where participants earn points by completing fun outdoor activities and earn free state park day entry.

Encore will support development and financing for 1.6 MWp array at Bucknell University

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Bucknell University has partnered with Encore Renewable Energy of Burlington, Vermont, to install a 1.6 peak megawatt solar array on approximately seven acres of University-owned land beyond Bucknell’s West Athletic Field and Art Barn, near the 12th fairway of Bucknell Golf Club. Encore will provide comprehensive project development, financing and construction services to advance the project.

GMP named national leader for transformation to a clean & modern energy system

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power has been recognized as one of the top 10 utilities in the country for leading transformation toward a clean, modern energy system that benefits all, by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. GMP joins utilities including Austin Energy and Seattle City Light on the 2021 Utility Transformation Leaderboard. Along with an energy supply that is 95 percent carbon free, 64 percent renewable and getting greener all the time, GMP is committed to being 100 percent carbon free by 2025 and 100 percent renewable by 2030.

VEC joins electric co-ops across nation to recognize lineworkers

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 7:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tuesday marked Lineworker Appreciation Day, celebrated by the nation’s electric cooperatives, and VEC is honoring all its employees who work hard to keep the lights on. “Whether they’re restoring power after a major storm or maintaining the infrastructure critical to our electric system, lineworkers are key to the co-op,” said VEC Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Towne.

Farm to School Vision Grant opens Thursday, up to $38,000

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 7:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Farm to School Vision Grant opens this Thursday, April 15th. This new grant program is part of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Market's Farm to School Program. The purpose of the grant is to help communities build better food systems through youth education and empowerment. We know that passionate people from all over the state are working with youth to help make more just, sustainable and compassionate local food systems and we want to help amplify those efforts. Up to $38,000 is available.

Community Bank NA WARMTH challenge grant reaches $17,500 goal

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 6:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In December, Community Bank NA challenged the community to help low-income Vermont families heat their homes in conjunction with Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) WARMTH program. The bank pledged to match WARMTH donations dollar for dollar during the month of December, up to a total of $17,500. Statewide, overall donations equaled $163,323, which is more than $30,000 above last year’s campaign total.