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Jan
11

Member Blog: Social Justice & Equity in a Covid-19 World

By Alexandra Polla, Sustainable Innovation MBA graduate, The University of Vermont Status Quo In the pre-COVID-19 world, mass consumption was the way of life for most consumers while companies continuously turned a blind eye to the compounding climate and social inequity crisis they had a hand in. For generations, it was believed that profit powered the […]

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Jan
03

Grid Fruit Founders Focus on Refrigeration to Help Cool the Planet

Brattleboro startup provides tools for grocers to optimize energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By Kelly Nottermann, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Passionate about climate change and sustainability, Jesse Thornburg and Javad Mohammadi met in Pennsylvania through their respective research on ways to reduce energy demand on the power grid—the key, they felt, to reducing […]

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Nov
10

For Olivia’s Croutons Founder, Coaching is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

By Kelly Nottermann, Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Francie Caccavo was a female founder before the term became trendy. Back in 1991 when she started Olivia’s Croutons, she was simply a young mother looking for a creative way to work from home and be present for her children, then two and three years old. […]

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Nov
10

After a 20-year hiatus, the next generation of DesLauriers are at the helm bringing new ideas, energy, and the labor of love to the resort.

Feature Photo Caption: “We felt strongly that we needed a solid foundation not only for growth, but also for basic sustainability,” said Lindsay DesLauriers, president of Bolton Valley. “That was our first priority.” The Flexible Capital Fund invested $100,000 in the first round and another $50,000 in round two to support the infrastructure improvements. Photo […]

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Workshop series: Digital Access: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People

Inclusive Arts Vermont has partnered with the Vermont Arts Council to offer a series of workshops on improving digital access to arts programming for the inclusion of disabled people. The pandemic has drastically changed the way organizations deliver programming, and there is a misconception that the new digital methods are inherently more accessible for disabled […]

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Sep
28

Cx Associates to Provide Building Envelope Commissioning, Adds Mike LaCrosse to Team

Cx Associates is excited to announce the addition of Senior Engineer Mike LaCrosse to our team of engineers, thereby kicking off our offering of a new service: building envelope commissioning (BECx). Mike comes to Cx Associates with nearly 10 years of experience in commissioning and testing high-performance building envelopes both in new construction and renovation […]

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Economic Recovery Bridge Program: Farms and Food Businesses Encouraged to Apply

The Economic Recovery Bridge Program, administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), is available to assist Vermont businesses, including farms and agriculture-related entities that can still demonstrate a net tax loss in 2020 due to COVID-19. Advisors are available to assist working lands businesses with their applications, and the program will be open to […]

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Aug
16

VBSR Member Businesses Partner on Local Plastic Film Recycling Program

As the production of single-use plastic increases, many businesses want to do their part by contributing to recycling efforts for hard to recycle items, including plastic #4 low-density polyethylene (LDPE), also known as plastic film. In 2017 alone, the United States produced 8 billion tons of LDPE. Currently, there is no curbside or pick-up recycling […]

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Common Good Vermont hosts 2021 Nonprofit Summer Camp

Common Good Vermont hosts 2021 Nonprofit Summer Camp   South Burlington, VT:  Common Good Vermont, a recently merged program of United Way of Northwest Vermont, will offer its annual Nonprofit Summer Camp in a virtual format this year on July 28 and August 11. Leaders of all levels from Vermont nonprofits are invited to participate […]

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Jul
09

VSECU, FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF BOSTON PARTNER TO GIVE $50,000 IN NONPROFIT GRANTS

Eight Vermont nonprofits receive funding to create jobs and provide important community services MONTPELIER, VT—VSECU distributed $50,000 in grants to eight Vermont nonprofits significantly impacted by COVID-19. The $5,000 and $10,000 grants will help preserve and create job opportunities, support local economic development, and further important community services. The grants are funded by Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs for New England Recovery Grant program. The […]

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