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New study calls for stronger policies to tackle non-native pests in US forests

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:08am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Forests are the fabric of New England, fabric that is being increasingly shredded by invasive pests and pathogens, as 47 species of non-native tree-eating insects are known in New Hampshire alone. The emerald ash borer, a beetle native to Asia, is presently established around Concord, NH, and can be expected to eliminate ash trees from most of New England within a decade. Once new invasives are established, there is often little that forest managers or property owners can do to limit impacts. The pathway for protecting our forests is to prevent the next emerald ash borer from colonizing North America by strengthening policies that tackle pest introduction and prevention, according to an open access paper published this month in the print issue of Ecological Applications.

Renewable Energy Vermont launches new tool for property owners

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Renewable Energy Vermont in partnership with the Renewable Energy Resource Center, a project of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, have launched a new resource for Vermonters looking to install solar photovoltaic panels (PV), solar hot water systems, or modern wood pellet boilers. The project was made possible due to funding from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF).

Seventh Generation releases Corporate Consciousness Report

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seventh Generation has issued its Corporate Consciousness 2015 Report detailing the company's effort and progress against its 2020 aspirations and goals. Seventh Generation's climate strategy touches all aspects of its operations from offices to product transportation, to the plant-based and recycled materials in the products and packaging.

GMP customers praise Tesla Powerwalls during recent power outage

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power’s first customers with Tesla Powerwall Battery got to test the system’s capabilities during recent storms. The cutting edge battery storage technology was used during this weekend’s severe storm to keep the lights on. Three customers in impacted areas were able to use the Powerwall to provide back-up power to their homes for the duration of the outage, meaning they never lost power.

Bruce Lisman releases new radio spot

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:06pm -- tim

Lisman Ad As hardworking, over-taxed Vermonters are driving to and from work, starting tomorrow many will hear a radio ad from Bruce Lisman about Phil Scott’s call for a new mileage tax. Scott called for a mileage tax during a July 19 Vermont Public Television event in Rutland and has not back away from it at subsequent public forums. “A new mileage tax will hurt Vermonters. Residents who drive long distances to work and are struggling to make ends meet, will be punished the most,” says Bruce Lisman in the ad.

Central Vermont Medical Center achieves Energy Star designation

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) coveted ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies the facility performs in the top 25 percent of all hospitals nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

State auditor gives mild rebuke to three departments over performance reviews

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer released his review of whether certain departments of state government were performing their required employee performance review. His conclusion was that they largely were not and that some long-serving employees had never received a performance review, as required by state policy. The auditor does not have the authority to punish another department or personnel. But the departments in question agreed with Hoffer’s assessment of the situation and with his suggested remedies, some of which are already in place.

Franklin Foods recognized as 2016 Dairy Supplier of the Year

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Franklin Foods, the world's fastest-growing cream cheese company with a manufacturing facility in Enosburg Falls, has been recognized by Shamrock Foods as the 2016 Dairy Supplier of the Year. As one of the top 10 foodservice distributors nationwide, Shamrock Foods recognizes its supplier partners' excellence with its annual Supplier of the Year Awards, presented during the company's Supplier Summit.

Ventriss: Act 46 makes exciting progress

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 4:07pm -- tim

by Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable After a tremendous amount of hard and important work by the Legislature and Administration in the last biennium around education reform, for which they deserve our recognition and appreciation, Act 46: Unification to Achieve Sustainable Governance, was signed into law in June 2015. It created immediate opportunities for school districts and supervisory unions to unify, an action which will result in better educational opportunities for students and cost effectiveness for taxpayers.

Health Department confirms higher than average PFOA in Bennington-area blood tests

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lab results are back for the 477 adults and children who participated in PFOA blood draw clinics in the Bennington test area. The average PFOA level there is nearly five times the US average. The Health Department conducted eight blood test clinics in April, May and June at the Bennington District Office for people whose private drinking water was contaminated with PFOA, or who currently or formerly lived or worked at the former Chemfab site.

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