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Solar project in Hartland converts brownfield to brightfield

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Long View Forest, Inc and Encore Renewable Energy announced today the commissioning of a 745 kilowattpeak (kWp) community solar array on three acres at the new Long View headquarters and woodyard on Ferry Road in Hartland. The project is on a 28-acre remediated “brownfield” property formerly used as a saw mill and lumber treatment facility. Brownfields, because of prior environmental contamination, are deemed prime solar sites under Vermont regulations.

Lake Champlain Committee: Winter's wane 2019 e-news

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:59am -- tim

by Lori Fisher, Executive Director, LCC Earlier this month, Lake Champlain completely iced over for the first time since 2015. In this issue of Enews we share some of the magic of winter on the lake with articles on snow kiting, Nordic skating and ice fishing. Read on to learn about how ice thaws, check out a series of upcoming events including a World Water Day presentation about plastics in Lake Champlain and a special international conference that draws on the past and looks to the future.

Miller: Supporting Vermonters by supporting renewable energy

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:04am -- tim

by Rob Miller, CEO, VSECU Unlike many financial institutions, VSECU is not run by outside investors, we’re run by our members. This makes us uniquely positioned to respond to what Vermonters need from their lenders. That’s why we’ve put a strong focus on investing in renewable energy. Our members know that investing in efficient renewable energy supports Vermont and our local economy.

Workforce Training grant of $95K to help grow Vermont maple industry

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Runamok Maple and Sogle Property LLC (d/b/a Thunder Basin Maple Works) have been granted a combined $95,779.90 in Vermont Training Program (VTP) funds.  Both companies are co-owned by Eric and Laura Sorkin and together tap 81,000 maple trees on 1,350 acres in Cambridge and Fairfield, Vermont. Production across both companies has doubled in size over the last year

Weinberger appoints Deanna Paluba as Burlington HR director

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 4:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Deanna Paluba as the new Director of the City’s Department of Human Resources. Paluba brings over 20 years of experience to the position, including three years as the Director of Employee Relations at Gilead Sciences and 12 years in Human Resources at IBM. Mayor Weinberger has asked the City Council to confirm Paluba’s appointment at its meeting on Monday, March 25.

March 20th is national SBDC Day

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 3:46pm --

March 20th is national SBDC Day, a national movement and social media campaign to help share collectively the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.  For nearly 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.

VHB expands services with acquisition of The Johnson Company

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VHB, with offices in South Burlington, has acquired Montpelier-based The Johnson Company (JCO)—a 30-person environmental science and engineering firm serving clients throughout the US. Together with JCO, VHB’s growing firm is poised to deliver a broader array of services and additional resources to meet market demands for clients nationwide. JCO brings a new Contaminated Site Assessment and Remediation (CSAR) practice to VHB.

Howard Dean: The ever-increasing threat to women’s rights

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:02pm -- tim

by Howard Dean The Trump Administration and conservative, right-wing politicians across the nation are waging a war on women’s rights. Health care coverage, birth control access and abortion rights are being systematically dismantled at both the state and federal level. With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the final dam protecting reproductive rights seems set to break. Roe v. Wade could be overturned as soon as this year.

Vermont employers to be honored for wellness efforts Thursday

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 5:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A record 129 workplaces in Vermont will receive awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Philip B Scott, state health commissioner Mark Levine and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will present the awards to business owners, company presidents and human resources directors on March 21 in Burlington.

Vermont Research News: Hospitals, gender equality, salamanders and more

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 3:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Why did the salamander cross the road? To move between its breeding and terrestrial habitats – and a recent report submitted to the Vermont Agency of Transportation wants to make such road crossings safer. The method proposed in the report seeks to identify amphibian road-crossing “hotspots” and guide the placement of potentially life-saving road modifications to make the cross safer.

Rutland Regional suffers email breach

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:29pm -- tim

by Brandon Arcari, Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center suffered a breach to several employee email accounts starting late last year, Vermont Business Magazine has learned, potentially exposing sensitive patient data including names, diagnoses and prescription information. The breach, which occurred between November 2, 2018, and February 6, 2019, was identified by an employee who noticed spam emails sent from their account.