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Vermont’s best wildlife watching

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:28pm -- Anonymous

by Tom Rogers, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Vermont is a wildlife viewing showcase.  With a variety of habitats for wildlife to choose from, Vermont contains vast green woods, bogs straight out of a fairy tale, and even alpine tundra on top of its highest peaks. The state is an avian crossroads, where snowy owls spend the winter and magnolia warblers spend the summer. From birds singing to moose bugling to fish jumping, here are Vermont’s premiere wildlife watching opportunities.

Get splashed by trout jumping up Willoughby Falls

Burlington Electric Department launches new electric lawn mower rebate campaign – Mow Electric

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:15pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department (BED) launched a new electric lawn mower (E-mower) rebate campaign, called Mow Electric, which will help the Burlington community fight climate change and provide BED customers with the opportunity to save money with a $100 rebate on residential E-mowers and a $3,500 rebate on commercial-grade E-mowers.  BED is the first utility in Vermont to offer residential E-mower rebates and the utility offering the largest commercial E-mower rebates in the state. The potential environmental benefits of mowing electric are significant, with one study suggesting that the pollutioncaused by one hour of operating a gas-powered lawn mower is equivalent to driving one car for 160 miles.

Marlboro College graduates 49 for the class of 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:34am -- Anonymous

​Vermont Business Magazine On Sunday, May 12th, the Marlboro College community celebrated the college’s latest graduates with a ceremony in Persons Auditorium. Degrees were conferred upon a total of 49 graduates, including 26 undergraduates and 23 graduate students, who were applauded for their Plans of Concentration, Capstone projects, and many other accomplishments.

New rebates help GMP customers cut carbon emissions and costs

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:00am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is launching two new rebate programs for customers looking to green up their heating and cooling, and their commutes. GMP customers can get a $400 rebate when they buy a cold climate heat pump. Customers can also get a $200 rebate when they buy an electric bicycle at participating Vermont bike shops.

Vermont Environmental Consortium and the Vermont Technical College Present: The State of Vermont’s Water

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 9:00am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Environmental Consortium and Vermont Technical College (VTC) announced that registration is open for their annual environmental Conference, The State of Vermont’s Water. The conference will be held June 11, 2019 at VT Technical College in Randolph, VT. The conference will include topics like groundwater and storm water rule updates, nitrates and chloride in water, agricultural best practices, permits, and more.

NOFA Vermont names Grace Oedel new executive director

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 6:30am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) announced Wednesday that Grace Oedel will be leading the organization as its new executive director, starting July 1, 2019. During the last 30 years, under the leadership of the late Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT has grown to become an active, thriving organization deeply woven into the fabric of Vermont agriculture, with a $2.6 million operating budget encompassing many diverse programs managed by a team of 20 talented staff.

Energy Co-op and Catamount Solar enter into co-marketing partnership

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 6:05am -- Anonymous
Cooperative companies join forces to promote solar to Energy Co-op members

Vermont Business Magazine The Energy Co-op of Vermont of Colchester and Catamount Solar of Randolph, two companies organized under cooperative principles, have announced a partnership to promote solar installations for Energy Co-op members. Energy Co-op is a fuel dealer. The agreement includes a range of co-marketing and promotion programs and a discount of up to $1,000 on new residential solar installations for Energy Co-op members.

Prisons keep 572,000 pounds of food out of landfill each year by composting

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 5:05am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s correctional facilities compost nearly 11,000 pounds of food scraps each week. Annually, these correctional facilities keep 572,000 pounds of food waste out of the garbage. At the facilities, inmates separate coffee grounds, banana peels, and spoiled food before sending these items to compost facilities that feed the soil at farms and gardens throughout Vermont. Composting food scraps also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When food scraps end up at landfills, they produce methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

House passes 24-hour waiting period for gun purchases

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 3:41am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House on Wednesday evening gave preliminary approval to gun violence prevention measures in S.169 on a vote of 82-58. The law is intended to provide a "cooling off" period for people considering suicide. The bill also updates language regarding the purchase and use of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Kingdom Community Wind tours return this summer

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:46am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is bringing back its popular tours at the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell, Vermont this summer. It will be the seventh season that Vermonters and tourists alike can see a wind farm up close to learn more about how wind energy works. The tours are free, but you have to register in advance.

Strolling of the Heifers Aims to be (almost) WASTE-FREE in 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:44am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The 18th Annual Strolling of the Heifers weekend (June 7,8,9) celebrates local agriculture and food, attracting thousands of residents and visitors to the Friday evening festival, Saturday morning parade, and all-day Slow Living Expo at the Brattleboro Common, and Sunday Tour de Heifer dirt road bicycle ride and Farm Tours. The Stroll’s festivities feature hundreds of vendors, exhibitors, and entertainers. A new theme is selected each year and participants in the parade are encouraged to decorate their parading heifers, horses, and floats to reflect this year’s theme, “Farmers Are Our Heroes.”