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Vermont AG joins DACA suit

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit Wednesday to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S.

VEIC names Jim Madej CEO

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) Board of Directors has named Jim Madej to serve as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Madej comes to VEIC with decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience in delivering energy efficiency programs and services to customers in his role as Chief Customer Officer at National Grid USA.

Coffee Enterprises consolidates nameplate

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Coffee Enterprises has announced a streamlining of its company operations and communications. All business, technical, and consulting services are now consolidated using the Coffee Enterprises company name. All web pages will now redirect automatically to Coffee Enterprises said its goal is to better serve its clients and the coffee & tea industries more effectively by communicating with one voice.

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Leahy and Cochran re-introduce bill to renew farm to school program

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) Wednesday re-introduced their legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children. The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2017 will increase federal resources that bring fresh and nutritious local foods to schools across the country. Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is the author of the existing Farm to School program. Cochran is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and both senators are former Agriculture Committee chairs.

VSO Made in Vermont Tour 2017 convergence of classics and new composer

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:10am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine As summer turns to fall, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will cover the state from top to bottom for its Made in Vermont Statewide Tour. On Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm the orchestra will arrive in Randolph for the first day of the tour. “Performing in town halls is part of the VSO’s DNA. From the very beginning, when we started touring the state in 1934, we have been performing in Vermont’s public spaces and we are proud to continue this tradition with the first stop in Randolph.”

Lesser: Vermont’s greenhouse gas mandate is costly, symbolic environmentalism

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:55am -- tim

by Jonathan A Lesser, PhD Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75% reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In 2011, then- Governor Shumlin raised the goal to a 90% reduction by 2050, something which the 2016 State Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) discusses in detail.

Volunteers needed for Vermont river cleanups in September

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Picking up trash out of a river may not sound like the most fun way to spend a few hours, but the hundreds of Vermonters who annually participate in river cleanups find cleaning our waterways both enjoyable and rewarding. This September, join the fun by volunteering to clean up your local river as part of Vermont’s official River Cleanup Month. 

Vermont Gas pushes efficiency program for small biz, nonprofits

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas is encouraging its small business and nonprofit customers to participate in its nationally recognized and award-winning energy efficiency program. The company’s Small Business Efficiency Program provides weatherization and incentives to smaller businesses looking to improve overall efficiency in their buildings and reduce their energy expenses. Fall is the perfect time for these organizations to schedule their free energy audit.

Vermont Climate Action Commission to host statewide ‘listening tour’

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series of public scoping sessions through the state in September and October to gather input and recommendations from Vermonters.  The Commission hopes to hear people’s experiences in dealing with the effects of climate change, as well as their ideas for potential actions that the Commission could recommend to the Governor’s office.   

Fish & Wildlife news: 'Let's go fishing'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 1:30am -- tim

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become 'Let's Go Fishing' instructors so they can pass on Vermont's fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters. Also, its "Let's Go Fishing Program" will be holding two educational fishing clinics in September, both which are free and open to anglers of all ages and abilities. And F&W is at the midway point on completing a series of fishing access area improvement projects designed to enhance accessibility for anglers and boaters, including those with disabilities. 

Category 5 Hurricane Irma threatens lives, property in the northern Caribbean

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:50am -- tim

AccuWeather Global Headquarters AccuWeather reports life-threatening conditions are expected to continue across the northern Caribbean as Category 5 Hurricane Irma barrels through into Thursday. "Irma is expected to bring devastating conditions across the Leeward Islands into Wednesday night," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. Irma strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h) on Tuesday, becoming the strongest storm in the Atlantic Basin since Wilma in 2005.