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Seven child care facilities work with state to assess possible contaminants from nearby dry cleaners

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven child care and preschool providers around the state that are located within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning businesses are partnering with state agencies to assess indoor air quality to ensure they are not impacted by chemicals associated with dry cleaning. The assessment work is precautionary, and the state stands ready to provide mitigation support if needed.

NG Advantage partners with NH, VT, NY community organizations

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Colchester-based NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), continued its longstanding tradition of supporting charitable organizations by delivering nonperishable food items and gifts to local community groups. This week NG Advantage delivered multiple donations of locally-sourced, nonperishable food items to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse in Binghamton, Ticonderoga Food Pantry, and the Community Action Program serving Belknap-Merrimack Counties in New Hampshire.

Vermont gets a 'D' from Champlain for high school literacy

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine States are making modest improvements in personal finance education standards, but they still have a long way to go, including Vermont which earned a "D," according to the third report card on state efforts to improve financial literacy in American high schools. John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, which produced the report card, says American high schools have improved incrementally, in part because previous report cards have energized debates and legislation in many states.

Six UVM students featured in anthology of best undergraduate investigative journalism

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Six University of Vermont students from the Community Development and Applied Economics  department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are featured in the new book Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a “Post Truth” Society. An annual anthology published by California-based media watchdog organization Project Censored, Censored 2018 compiles the top 25 student-written investigative news stories from the past year. The six UVM students -- Clare Charlesworth, Audrey Tuck, Bridgette McShea, Olivia Jones, Emily von Weise and Kätchen McElwain -- developed and submitted their stories as part of their spring 2017 class Journalism 2.0 with Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) professor Rob Williams.

USA News Group: Vermont likely to legalize pot in 2018

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:28am -- tim

USA News Group The tide has turned with regard to public perception of marijuana use and the movement toward legalizing pot is moving in a wave. Seven jurisdictions are most likely to approve legal use of cannabis in 2018. Some of the leading cannabis companies already preparing for the onslaught of new demand include Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: FIRE) (OTC: SPRWF), MedReleaf Corp. (OTC: MEDFF), GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH), and MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. (CSE: MYM) (OTC: MYMMF).

Brattleboro Retreat achieves accreditation from The Joint Commission

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

KSV recertifies as B Corporation

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KSV, a marketing and advertising agency with considerable expertise in sustainable energy marketing, recently won recertification as a B Corporation, meaning the Burlington-based company voluntarily meets a higher standard of public transparency, legal accountability and verified performance. Certified B – the B stands for “Benefit” – Corporations use the power of business to solve social, environmental and economic problems. Benchmarking and measuring the company’s social impact lets consumers, clients and employees know that a company is serious about doing good and doing well.

Governor’s Education Summit moved to Norwich University Plumley Armory

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Due to considerable interest, Governor Phil Scott has moved the location of his, Monday, December 18 Education Summit to Plumley Armory at Norwich University in Northfield. The venue was changed to accommodate the large number of registration requests, and the capacity of Plumley Armory ensures everyone who RSVP’d will be able to participate.

National Life Foundation doubles budget to $2M, launches Main Street Grants

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:47pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group announced Tuesday that the annual budget of its charitable foundation will double to $2 million next year, reflecting the company’s strong sales and earnings growth over the past decade. Part of the National Life Group Foundation’s increased funding will go toward launching Main Street Grants, a new project designed to support revitalization of downtowns. Another new initiative targeting ways to combat childhood hunger is currently being developed and will be announced in coming weeks.

Tennessee contractor selected to assess Lake Carmi phosphorus management options

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce the selection of a contractor to conduct the first phase of the Lake Carmi In-Lake Phosphorus Management Project. The objective of this phase is to identify the most cost-effective strategy to reduce in-lake phosphorus. The three-phase project is a key part of the larger strategy to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff in the watershed. The selected contractor will evaluate a variety of options for management of the phosphorus that has accumulated in sediment in Lake Carmi, which has been plagued by extensive and prolonged cyanobacteria blooms that limit recreational use.

Community Bank donates $2,500 to Vermont Foodbank

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented Vermont Foodbank with a $2,500 donation to help restock their partner food shelves after the heavy rain and windstorm in late October. With each $3 buying five meals for a family, the donation will provide more than 4,100 meals to local families in need. A member of Feeding America, Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest anti-hunger organization.

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