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Green Mountain College bulb replacement saves 62,000 kwh a year

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 7:28am -- tim

How many light bulbs does it take to change your outlook? Kenneth Coe, educational technology specialist at Green Mountain College s Griswold Library, has one answer: 505. This summer Coe and a few helpers began replacing existing 32 watt fluorescent bulbs in the three-story library building with more energy efficient, longer lasting 28 watt bulbs. By removing a total of 505 older bulbs, the library has cut its electricity use by 34%, a reduction that will save the College an estimated 62,216 kilowatt hours a year.

$4.9 million in stimulus funds for Vermont health centers

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 6:46am -- tim

Eight community health centers in Vermont will receive almost $4.9 million in economic stimulus funds to address immediate and pressing facility and equipment needs. The $4.9 million is Vermont s latest allotment from $2 billion that was set aside for Federally Qualified Health Centers in the economic recovery bill that Congress passed last February 13.

TerreStar satellite will test 4G mobile voice-data technology in Vermont

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 6:37am -- tim

Vermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie was on hand in Kourou, French Guiana, yesterday where Terrestar Networks launched the world s largest commercial satellite from Arianespace s Guiana Space Center at midday. A pilot project to test the revolutionary, 4G technology on board the $300 million communications satellite has been planned since 2007 to take place in Vermont s Northeast Kingdom.
To view the launch of TerreStar-1,click here for LAUNCH. Or see longer news video below.

Vermont releases 2009 Health Resource Allocation Plan

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:07pm -- tim

Commissioner Paulette Thabault of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration(BISHCA) released today the 2009 Health Resource Allocation Plan (“the HRAP”), a comprehensive document that supports Vermont’s most important health policy goals.  Among those goals are: enhancing chronic care management, promoting wellness, achieving cost effective care, and the integration of mental health and substance abuse services with other health services.  The HRAP incorporates a diverse group of professional and consumer perspectives on Vermont’s health care sy

Plasan of Bennington part of $1.05 billion armored vehicle contract

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 11:45am -- tim

A Bennington, Vermont, defense contractor is part of a billion-dollar US Military contract to build more armored vehicles for use in Afghanistan. The Plasan North America plant is expected to hire 200 workers to fulfill the contract, while the deal could also generate another 100 new jobs with subcontractors in the region.

MyWebGrocer expands Midwest office

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 11:28am -- tim

In the last six months MyWebGrocer s customer reach has grown 40%, to 3.8 million monthly grocery shoppers. This expanded consumer demand has seen a matching growth in CPG programs running on the network. To meet this demand, MyWebGrocer s advertising team has promoted Helen Earling to lead an expanding Midwest team.

Chroma launches new company to work with UVM and emerging technologies

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 8:39am -- tim

Chroma Technology Corp, an employee-owned company, announced today the launch of a new, wholly-owned subsidiary.  89 North, located in Burlington, VT, will leverage resources from the area including the University of Vermont and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies to develop innovative products for the life science imaging market.  Their initial focus will be on high-power light sources for fluorescence imaging, and they will immediately take over sales and support for the Photofluor II, Chroma s metal halide-based light source.

Vermont plant part of $10 million contract for General Dynamics to produce MK19 grenade machine guns

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 8:18am -- tim

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $10 million contract extension by U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC for the production of MK19 grenade machine guns. Deliveries are expected to begin in April 2010and will be completed in July 2012. This award brings the total contract value to date to over $67 million.

Sanders announces $150,000 financial literacy grant

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 8:12am -- tim

Sen. Bernie Sanders called today for a new Financial Product Safety Commission to protect consumers from abusive lenders and also announced a $130,000 federal grant to improve financial literacy for young people in Vermont.
Sanders (I-Vt.) was joined at the press conference by Joseph G. Bergeron, president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, which will work with local business leaders, educators and volunteers, to teach middle and high school students the importance of financial literacy.

Vermont, 12 others adopt California emission standards

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 8:02am -- tim

Motor vehicle drivers in the 13 states that have adopted California's Clean Car Standards approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would save hundreds of dollars annually at the gas pump while reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, according to a report issued today by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The states -- Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington-- represent approximately one quarter of the U.S. vehicle fleet and vehicle miles traveled.

Governor Douglas ranked among top ten "Green Governors"

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 7:44am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas was recently named one of the nation s top ten Greenest Governors by Greenopia, an online directory of eco-friendly retailers, services, and organizations. The Governor was recognized on the site for undertaking several programs to make Vermont greener. These include the Clean and Clear Water Action Plan, Biofuel initiatives, and programs aimed at making the state government greener. Vermont also has tax incentives in place to help consumers and businesses go green.

Vermont nonprofit finance organizations to receive $6 million in stimulus funds

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 7:42am -- tim

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch Tuesday announced that three Vermont nonprofit organizations together will receive $6 million – a hefty share of the national funding total – to spur community development and ease consumer credit as further steps on the path to economic recovery.