CVE to host January Business After Hours

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first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition to Host January Business After HoursESSEX JUNCTION — If you are looking for a fun evening and some great silent auction bargains from local businesses and merchants, plan on attending the Ambassadors Silent Auction and Taste of the Chamber on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization, is home to many of Vermonts biggest events, including the annual Champlain Valley Fair, Rock Maple Snocross Racing, Vermont Flower Show, Everything Equine (named a Top Ten 2007 Vermont Chamber event), the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Spring and Fall Essex Crafts, Vermont Quilt Festival, NSRA Street Rods and the Champlain Valley Antiques Festival to name just a few of more than 100 special events.All these events help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit organization to encourage and support education, agriculture, commerce and entertainment, said CVE General Manager David F. Grimm, CFE.The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, located on the 130-acre site, is the largest events complex in northern New England. The Expo Centre offers 81,000 sq. ft of clear-span exhibit space designed for maximum flexibility and is completely air-conditioned for year-round use.The professional staff and event management team at the Exposition provide turn-key services for consumer and trade shows, banquets, conventions, meetings, weddings, concerts and conferences. A 14,000 sq. ft connector building between Expo South and North has offices, conference rooms, concession space, a prep kitchen and additional dressing and rest rooms. Wireless internet service is also available at the Expo Centre and on the grounds of the Exposition during special events.The Expo Centre project was completed in January 2006 by REM Development Company, Williston, Robert E. Miller president.The 2007 Champlain Valley Fair, held at the Exposition Aug. 25- Sept. 3, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) list. Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Vermonts largest annual event offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.The Fair also received the 2006 John Deere Agricultural Awards of Excellence Sweepstakes Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for best overall exhibits and agricultural events in the nation. The attractiveness of the Champlain Valley Fair as a dont-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction, said Peter J. Pantuso, ABAs president and CEO. The honor gives Vermont, the Lake Champlain region and the Champlain Valley Fair an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners and travel professionals. According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destinations economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.With the addition of new electrical and water service throughout the Exposition grounds, the ability to host large recreational vehicle and motor home rallies grew dramatically in 2006.CVE was the site of the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally in Fall 2006 with more than 900 RVs on site. It was also the host of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in July 2006 which brought more than 9,000 visitors to the Champlain Valley region and Vermont for nearly a week. The resulting regional economic activity CVE events encourages is substantial approximately $80 million per year, Expo officials say.The combination of modern facilities, convenient location near Burlington International Airport and access to major state and interstate highways makes CVE an attractive destination for regional and national organizations like the N.E. Forest Products Expo, Vermont Grocers Association, Green Mountain Alpacas and Green Mountain Dog Show. Champlain Valley Expositions experienced sales and marketing team are ready to help you grow your events in 2007 and beyond.· For information on holding your special events or meeting at the Exposition, contact Tom Oddy, director of special events at (802) 878-5545 toddy@cvfair.com(link sends e-mail).· To learn how your business can benefit as a sponsor of an event, contact Chris Ashby, director of sales and marketing at (802) 8787-5545 or cashby@cvfair.com(link sends e-mail).· A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvfair.com(link is external)last_img read more

New trustees join UVM board

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first_imgUniversity of Vermont,The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter. Governor Douglas has appointed Mark Young, who previously served as a legislative trustee from 2002-2007, to a six-year term. The new student trustee, Adam Roof, was selected to serve a two-year term by the Associate Directors for the Appointment of The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Student Trustees, Inc.Leaving the board are legislative trustees Edwin Amidon, James Leddy, and Martha Heath, gubernatorial appointed trustee Robert Young, and student trustee Beth Rice.All of the new trustees will participate in the board meeting scheduled for May 14 through 16.Branagan, a Republican from Georgia, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003. She was the House Education Committee clerk from 2003 to 2004 and is the House Ways and Means Committee ranking member in 2009/10. She is the Franklin County Republican Committee chair and is a member of the Governor’s Commission on International Education. She has also served as co-chair of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus, chair of the Georgia School Board; member of the coordinating council of Vermont Interactive Television; and trustee and chair of the Vermont Maple Festival. She received B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from UVM.Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2007. Formerly he taught at UVM for four years in the English department and founded Common Grounds Communications, which provides writing, editing, design and production services to a variety of clients and publishing houses. He is clerk of the House Agricultural Committee ; secretary of the Vermont Milk Commission; chair of the Rural Economic Development Working Group.; and member of the Vermont Forestry Commission and the Economic Development Committee of the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He received a B.A degree from UVM in Zoology and an M.A. in English. He also graduated from UVM’s Snelling Center for Government.Potter, a Democrat from Clarendon, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2005. Potter taught at Rutland High School for 31 years before retiring and was on active duty in the Air Force for 10 years. He is a member or affiliate of the West Rutland Rotary; the Rutland County Audubon Society; the Vermont Federation of Sportsman Clubs; the Rutland Regional Transportation Council; the Vermont Workforce Development Council; the Clarendon Selectboard; the Clarendon Planning Commission; the National Guard Association of the U.S.; the Vermont Sugarmakers Association; and the Vermont Woodland Association. In 2008 he was named Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year. He is a retired member of the Vermont Air National Guard, SQ Commander, Lt. Col.Young, of Orwell, is president and CEO of the First National Bank of Orwell. He currently serves as the Town of Orwell treasurer and trustee of Public Funds. He is a board member of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies and the Vermont Center for the Book and is a member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1993-2006. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Vermont Bankers Association and received the Vermont Bankers Association Outstanding Community Service Banker Award in 2001.Roof, of South Walpole, Mass., is currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science and English. He serves on the Peer Judicial Board in the Harris/Millis residential complex, and is a member of the Dean of Students Advisory Board and the Men’s Club Hockey Team.last_img read more

Vermont Business Magazine releases Vermont 100+

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first_imgSome of the fastest-growing companies include AllEarth Renewables in Williston, which did not even make the list previously, but is now a $10 million dollar company, and Dealer.com of Burlington, which is now an $85 million company. In general, the revenue numbers of Vermont 100 companies experienced noticeable growth over the slump of 2009. In all, nearly 200 companies were ranked. Number of companies showing year-over-year growth of the Vermont 100.‘We have not witnessed so many of Vermont’s finest firms struggle so much over the last several years,’ said VBM Publisher John Boutin. ‘But there is resiliency here to the point of remarkable expansion and profits. We salute those companies who have done well despite this historically bad economic downturn. We also thank all the companies that participated and volunteered their financial results at a time when those results for some companies reflect so much pain. To us, it reveals a deep faith in what lies ahead.’ About Vermont Business MagazineSince 1972, VBM has been the leading source of statewide Vermont business news and data. It publishes every month, in addition to three annual publications: The Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory (May), The Book of Lists (August), and the Ask the Experts/Business Profiles (December). VBM also sponsors or co-sponsors several business awards events: Vermont Centennial Business Awards (March); Best Places to Work in Vermont (April); Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award (May); Vermont SBA Small Business Person of the Year (June); 5x5x5 Growth Awards (September); and Vermont Rising Stars (November).  1National Life Group$1,540Montpelier2Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc$1,356.8Waterbury3Fletcher Allen Health Care$875Burlington4University of Vermont$579Burlington5Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont$552Montpelier6Casella Waste Systems Inc$522.3Rutland 7Pizzagalli Construction Company$373South Burlington8Central Vermont Public Service$342.1Rutland9Rutland Regional Medical Center$321.1Rutland10St Albans Cooperative Creamery Inc$320Saint Albans11Orvis Company Inc$300Sunderland12Champlain Oil Co, Inc$285South Burlington13Vermont Mutual Insurance Group$285Montpelier14Green Mountain Power Corp$249.4Colchester15Mack Group$228Arlington16SB Collins Inc$175Saint Albans17Velan Valve Corporation$152Williston18Seventh Generation$150Burlington19Heritage Automotive Group$148Burlington20Central Vermont Medical Center$137.2Barre21Southwestern Vermont Medical Center$130.3Bennington22MVP Health Care$130Williston23Union Mutual of Vermont Companies$113Montpelier24Vermont Electric Power Company$107Rutland25Vermont Gas Systems Inc$94.5Burlington26Okemo Mountain Resort$89.3Ludlow27BioTek Instruments$85Winooski28Dealer.com$85Burlington29GW Plastics Inc$85Bethel30King Arthur Flour Company$84.1Norwich31Harbour Industries Inc$80Shelburne32Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Inc$80Saint Johnsbury33Brattleboro Retreat$78Brattleboro34Engelberth Construction Inc$78Colchester35Saint Michael’s College$77Colchester36Northwestern Medical Center, Inc$73Saint Albans37North Country Hospital$72Newport38Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc$71.6Johnson39DEW Construction Corp$71Williston40The Vermont Agency$70Burlington41Poulin Grain, Inc$68Newport42Brattleboro Memorial Hospital$61.2Brattleboro43Land Air Express of New England LTD$60.4Williston44SD Ireland Concrete Construction Corp$60South Burlington45Porter Medical Center, Inc$59.9Middlebury46Gifford Medical Center$59Randolph47Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc.$59Springfield48Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital$58.4Saint Johnsbury49Cooperative Insurance Companies$57Middlebury50Champlain Cable Corp$55Colchester51Global Resource Options, Inc$55White River Jct52Burlington Electric Department$54.3Burlington53HUBER+SUHNER, Inc$51Essex Junction54Bond Auto Parts Inc.$50.7Barre55Copley Hospital, Inc$49Morrisville56Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center$47.8Windsor57Rock of Ages Corporation$45.5Barre58NRG Systems Inc.$43.5Hinesburg59Castleton State College$43Castleton60Sonnax Industries$42.5Bellows Falls61Earth Brothers Ltd$41.3North Springfield62Cine Magnetics Video And Digital Laboratories$41Charlotte63iTech US Inc$40.5South Burlington64Smugglers’ Notch Resort$40Jeffersonville65Child Travel Services, Inc$37Colchester66GS Precision, Inc$35.2Brattleboro67SymQuest Group, Inc$33.4South Burlington68Twincraft, Inc$32.5Winooski69Autumn Harp Inc$32Essex Junction70Barry T Chouinard Inc$32Northfield71Control Technologies Inc$31Williston72Bread Loaf Corporation$30Middlebury73Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp$30Colchester74Simon Pearce (US) Inc.$29Windsor75Britton Lumber Company Inc$26.8Fairlee76VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties$26.6Colchester77Hubbardton Forge Corporation$26.4Castleton78Mount Family Group, LTD$26Burlington79EF Wall and Associates$25Barre80Wright & Morrissey Inc$25Burlington81Vermont Composites, Inc$23Bennington82Small Dog Electronics$22.6Waitsfield83Vermont Precision Tools, Inc.$22.6Swanton84Instrumart$22Williston85New England Air Systems LLC$22Williston86North Hartland Tool Corp$21North Hartland87Chroma Technology Corp$19.2Bellows Falls88Offset House, Inc$19Essex89Whitman’s Feed Store, Inc$19North Bennington90Pizzagalli Properties LLC$18.6South Burlington91Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products, Inc$18.5Morrisville92Neagley and Chase Construction Co$18.2South Burlington93Holstein Association USA$18Brattleboro94Macro International Inc$18Burlington95Vermont Heating & Ventilating$17Winooski96Naylor & Breen Builders Inc$16.8Brandon97Grace Cottage Hospital$16.2Townshend98PCM Image-Tek$15.9Springfield99Adecco$15.8South Burlington100Washington Electric Cooperative Inc$14.7East Montpelier101Hayes Ford Lincoln Mercury$14.1Newport102Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center$13.8South Burlington103Vermed Inc.$13.6Bellows Falls104Foster Motors$13.4Middlebury105Kalow Technologies Inc$13North Clarendon106Omega Optical, Inc$13Brattleboro107Westminster Cracker Company$13Rutland108Cersosimo Industries, Inc$12.9Brattleboro109SUI International, LTD$12.8Williston110Rice Lumber$12.7Shelburne111Granite Industries of Vermont, Inc$12.3Barre112MicroStrain, Inc$12Williston113Vermont Store Fixture Corporation$12Danby114Mobile Medical International Corporation$11.8Saint Johnsbury115Flex-A-Seal Inc.$11.5Essex Junction116ARC Mechanical Contractors$11Bradford117Logic Supply Inc$11South Burlington118Jager Di Paola Kemp Design$10.8Burlington119Southern Vermont College$10.8Bennington120All Earth Renewables$10.7Williston121Stowe Electric Dept$10.6Stowe122The Choice Care Card, LLC$10.2Waterbury Center123Preci-Manufacturing, Inc$9.9Winooski124Competitive Computing, Inc$9.7Colchester125Bennington Iron Works Inc$9.5Bennington126Hallam Associates, Inc$9.5South Burlington127Farm-Way$9.3Bradford128Windjammer Hospitality Group$9South Burlington129Connor Contracting, Inc$8.8Berlin130Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP$8.8South Burlington131TFM Construction$8.8Colchester132Dore & Whittier Architects$8.7South Burlington133CE Bradley Laboratories, Inc.$8.5North Brattleboro134Stewart Construction Inc$8.3Essex Junction135Acrylic Designs Inc$8.2North Springfield136Beans Mobile Homes Inc$8Lyndonville137Grafton Village Cheese Co, LLC$8Brattleboro138Homestead Design, Inc.$8Essex Junction139JA Morrissey, Inc$7.8Burlington140HA Manosh Corp$7.5Morrisville141McKernon Group, Inc$7.5Brandon142CCS Constructors LLC$7.4Morrisville143ReArch Company, LLC$7.4South Burlington144Vermont Public Radio$7.1Colchester145Spherion$7South Burlington146VHB$7North Ferrisburgh147DuBois & King, Inc$6.9Randolph148Spates Construction, Inc$6.9Derby149Twinstate/Voice.Data.Video, Inc$6.8Colchester150Lyndon Woodworking Inc$6.5Lyndon151GeoDesign Inc$6.4Windsor152Anichini Inc$6Tunbridge153Reynolds & Son Inc$6South Barre154Vermont Public Television$5.8Colchester155Cole Electric, Inc$5.6East Thetford156Advanced Illumination, Inc$5.5Rochester157Bates & Murray Inc$5.5Barre158College of St Joseph$5.5Rutland159Redstone Commercial Group$5.5Burlington160Wright Construction Co, Inc$5.5Mount Holly161Nathaniel Group Inc$5.3Vergennes162Northwoods Excavating Inc$5.3Thetford Center163Lovejoy Tool Co, Inc$5.1Springfield164Monument Farms, Inc$5.1Weybridge165Champlain Valley Exposition$5Essex Junction166TPW Management LLC$5Mancester Center167Dock Doctors, The$4.7Ferrisburgh168Martin’s Hardware & Building Supply Inc$4.5Bristol169ASIC North Inc$4.3Williston170Reliance Steel, Inc$4.3Colchester171Walker Construction, Inc$4.2Waterbury Center172Vermont Equipment Supply$4.1New Haven173Geiger Of Austria, Inc$4Middlebury174Kittell, Branagan & Sargent$4St Albans175Franklin August Trading, Inc$3.8Williston176SBE, Inc$3.8Barre177Creative Labels of Vermont, Inc$3.6Winooski178Davis Contracting Service$3.6Hardwick179Downeast Trading Co Inc$3.5Middlebury180EME Management$3.5North Springfield181The Buckley Company, LLC$3.5Colchester182Neil H Daniels, Inc$3.4Ascutney183HEB Manufacturing Co, Inc$3.3Chelsea184Homestead Landscaping$3.2Bondville185Aldrich + Elliott, P.C.$3.1Essex Junction 186The RehabGYM Inc$3.1Williston187Denis White Interior Contractors,  Inc$3Williston188Repro Digital & Champlain Valley Printing$3Winooski The ranking was expanded beyond just 100 companies in the 1990s to allow for more diversity within industry categories. Now we use a $3 million cutoff for the list. All Vermont-based companies and stand-alone subsidiaries qualify. The Vermont 100+ About the Vermont 100+This is our 24th annual Vermont 100+. In January 1987, we ran our first Vermont 100 ranking of the largest Vermont-based companies, predicated on 1986 revenues. Since then there have been only three companies that have been Number One: C&S Wholesale Grocers, National Life Group and Fletcher Allen Healthcare. Rank    Company        Revenues ($ Million) Vermont Business Magazine,National Life Group of Montpelier continues to show remarkable resiliency through the economic downturn as it once again shows revenue growth in 2010, as revealed in Vermont Business Magazine’s annual Vermont 100+ ranking of the largest Vermont-based companies.VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH WCAX TVMeanwhile, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of Waterbury joined National Life as the state’s second billion dollar company, as listed in VBM’s January 2011 issue. GMCR showed remarkable growth, most notably through its recent acquisitions of coffee companies on the West Coast and in Canada. – 30 –last_img read more

FEMA disaster recovery deadline for Vermont looming, November 15

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first_imgRutland County Housing Coalition46 Evelyn St., #201Rutland, VT 05701802-775-9286Mon.-Thurs., 8:30-4:30 a.m., Fri., 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Champlain Housing TrustFranklin/Grand Isle13 Lake StreetSt. Albans, VT 05478Tel.: 802-527-2361Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Springfield Development Corp.14 Clinton StreetSpringfield, VT 15156Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA either through the U.S. Mail, online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external)., or to their local Disaster Recovery Center to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; Saturday and Sunday from9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). Central Vermont Community Land Trust107 North Main StreetBarre, VT  05641Tel.: 802-476-4493Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The FEMA Private Sector electronic newsletter, E-News Update #8 is pasted below and attached. It covers the most current information from FEMA regarding the ongoing disaster recovery efforts for all who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont. FEMA encourages interested parties to forward this free publication to any others you feel may be interested in our outreach initiative or who may need the disaster related information. This week’s E-Newsletter features: ·         Reiteration of the Registration Deadline for Disaster Assistance  (NOVEMBER 15th)·         Recovery Update As Of: Close of Business November 2, 2011·         FEMA Disaster Assistance Information for Vermonters with Insurance·         Updated Disaster Assistance Program Overview, Including the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline·         Business Recovery and Small Business  Development Center LocationsWith fewer than one in five eligible Vermonters returning their U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications, FEMA and SBA have teamed with Vermont NeighborWorks Organizations to offer more help with the paperwork. The deadline to return the applications is November 15.To date, SBA has mailed out 4,174 applications to Vermont homeowners and renters who have already received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them recover from Tropical Storm Irene. Only 782 have been returned, a rate of just under 19 percent.‘If you don’t complete the loan application, then FEMA can’t even consider you for several types of grants’money that is not a loan and does not have to be repaid,’ said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. ‘You are never required to take a loan. If you want to do the best you can to ensure you receive all available assistance from FEMA, you must return that SBA application. That’s why we’re now offering help at 11 locations around Vermont.’Anyone whom SBA determines to be qualified will be offered a low-interest, disaster recovery loan. Payments can be as low as $50 a month. A loan may be a sensible option for bringing an individual or family back to its pre-disaster situation, since FEMA grants do not usually cover the full cost. But no one is ever required to accept a loan.To talk with an SBA specialist by phone, call 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities. Applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).If you would like to complete an application online and do not have access to a computer, please remember that your public library has a computer you can use. WHERE TO GET IN-PERSON HELP COMPLETINGYOUR SBA LOAN APPLICATION VERMONT NEIGHBORWORKS HOME OWNERSHIP CENTERS Champlain Housing Trust88 King StreetBurlington, VT 05401Tel.: 802-862-6244Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont110 Marble St.West Rutland, VT 05777Tel. 802-438-2303Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. AttachmentSize FEMA_E-News_Update_8.pdf169.71 KB Flood-Resources-Compiled-by-the-VCF_.pdf360.57 KB SBA_What_You_Need_to_Know_Blue_Logo_5.17.11.pdf163.24 KB Flood_Fact_Sheet_TS_Irene_Amend_6_Ext_Phys_Deadline_10-18-11_1.pdf104.71 KB Windham and Windsor Housing Trust’Satellite Office90 Main StreetSpringfield, VT 050156Tel.: 802-885-3220Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30-3:30 Brattleboro Development Credit72 Cotton Mill Hill-2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT  05301Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m. SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTERS Gilman Housing Trust48 Elm StreetLyndonville, VT  05851Tel.: 802-535-3555Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Windham and Windsor Housing Trust68 Birge StreetBrattleboro, VT 05301Tel.: 802-254-4604Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Town of Hartford Building171 Bridge StreetWhite River Junction, VT 05001Mon. ‘ Fri., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.last_img read more

Vermont legislature passes school “green” cleaning bill

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first_imgOn Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to S.92, a bill that requires manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products to only sell environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. The bill will now make its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.‘This legislation will create safer and healthier learning environments in our schools,’ said Charity Carbine-March, environmental health advocate for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). ‘Children in classrooms across Vermont will soon be breathing easier.’Conventional cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. These chemicals can pollute indoor air and impact the health of students and staff. Advocates and other experts agree that environmentally preferable cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional supplies. In fact, Vermont’s state buildings have already transitioned to ‘green’ cleaning products as a result of the Clean State Program created by an executive order signed by Governor Douglas in 2004. In addition, many schools in Vermont have voluntarily made the switch to safer products.‘There are clear benefits to using green cleaning supplies,’ said Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that helps schools transition to safer cleaning products. ‘After making the switch, some schools in Vermont have reported fewer instances of asthma cases, nausea, and headaches, and others have even reported saving money on the cost of cleaning supplies.’‘This bill will protect generations of Vermont children from the effects of toxic chemicals. With asthma at epidemic proportions, any actions we can take to remove asthma triggers from our schools will make a difference,’ said Cindy Murphy, a school nurse at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. ‘It’s a community’s responsibility to provide optimal health and safety for school age children whose bodies are not fully developed and, therefore, are most effected by toxic chemicals. Green cleaning policies serve as a strong educational tool for staff and students.’S.92 was brought to the brink of passage during last year’s legislative session. The bill began in the Senate and was passed on the floor by a vote of 29 to 0. The bill was then passed by the House (92 to 38) and was further amended by the Senate on the last day of session. The House took the bill up for immediate consideration upon the return of the legislature this year and gave their final nod of approval just last week.last_img read more