Vermont Chapter To Receive Continuing Publication Commendation From the Construction Specifications Institute

first_imgThe Vermont Chapter will receive a Continuing Publication Commendation from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for its monthly newsletter, Green Mountain Specifier. Christopher Eling, CSI, CDT, editor of the newsletter, will accept the award April 21, 2004 during the Opening General Session of The 48th Annual CSI Showä & Convention.CSI presents a Continuing Publication Commendation to individuals, chapters, firms, or organizations for outstanding publications in areas related to the Institute. The Vermont Chapter nominated Eling and the Green Mountain Specifier for:- Consistently providing the construction community with news from the chapter, region, and Institute- Publishing technical and educational articles by members and industry experts- Reviewing past, present and future chapter programs- Recognizing new members- Promoting and recognizing certification and member accomplishmentsThe Green Mountain Specifier is published 10 times each year.Eling has been a member of CSI for three years, and works for Peter Morris Architect in Vergennes, VT.The Opening General Session will take place on Wednesday, April 21, in Chicago, and will be open to the public. For more information about the Show & Convention, visit www.thecsishow.com(link is external).The Vermont Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute will receive both of this year’s Chapter Cup awards during the Institute’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 24th in Chicago. CSI awards two Chapter Cups each year to recognize the chapters that grew the most during the previous calendar year. Because one cup is awarded based on percentage growth in membership, and the other based on net growth, it is unprecedented that a single chapter wins both cups in one year.The Vermont Chapter grew from 57 to 126 members last year, a 122 percent increase. The Vermont Chapter was chartered in May 1968 with 30 members. The chapter has been active and growing in recent years, and was able to take home Chapter Cup awards for highest percentage growth in 2000 and 2001.Vermont leaders credit their success to a strong continuing education program for construction practitioners and efforts to reach students in construction-related programs at Norwich University and Vermont Technical College.About CSICSI is a national association of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, building materials suppliers and others involved in nonresidential building design and construction.last_img read more

2004 Champlain Valley Fair results

first_imgESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.last_img read more

GAW High-Speed Internet acquires APC Services wireless network

first_imgOn March 17th, GAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) of Brattleboro acquired the fixed wireless network of APC Services (All Pro Communications, Inc) of Rutland, Vermont. With coverage over much of Rutland County, the acquisition compliments GAW’s existing network, and offers enhancements for APC Service’s existing customers.APC Services has been a trusted source for Rutland County companies for many years, specializing in a complete line of telecommunications products and services. Through their partnership with Go2Web Internet Services, APC Services became a local leader in complete advanced Internet solutions for home and business and implemented an extensive wireless network in Rutland County.As Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), GAW continually enhances its wireless network. Acquiring the APC network extends GAW’s wireless network into central Vermont. What is more, GAW will be increasing service offerings, including cost-effective high-speed data and voice combination plans for consumers and businesses. “Given the challenges our communities face in the current economic climate, GAW continually looks for ways to bring increased value to its customers by leveraging its innovative talent and infrastructure,” states Josh Garza, CEO of GAW.  Brian Ferguson, Manager of APC Services, also sees the move as a benefit for the Rutland area:  “GAW’s acquisition of our wireless infrastructure will bring additional products and services currently unavailable to Rutland County residents.  In addition we are convinced that GAW can deliver the high level of customer service that our customers depend on.”Area residents and businesses looking to stay competitive and technologically up-to-date will benefit from GAW’s services, which include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-the-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersCurrent APC Services customers may go to www.GAW.com(link is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Support Specialist. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application (http://GAW.com/community(link is external) ). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage.About GAW High-Speed InternetGAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. GAW (www.GAW.com(link is external) ) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. GAW offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, GAW is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about GAW or to find out how to get deployment of GAW service, visit www.GAW.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email info@gaw.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Zutano opens retail outlet in Northshire Bookstore

first_imgZutano, the Vermont-based designer of children’s clothing and toys and Northshire Bookstore, the Manchester, VT-based independent bookstore, are proud to announce that they will be launching a Zutano “store-within-a-store” in the upstairs children’s department on June 8th.  The Zutano store captures the whimsical essence of Zutano, known for its one-of-a kind colorful patterns and stylish design. The space is modeled after Zutano’s flagship store in Montpelier as well as their store within New York City’s famed FAO Schwarz Toy Store.  White-washed bead board wainscoting meets walls painted with Zutano’s signature sunny yellow.  The center of the 250 sq. ft. space features an amazing sculptural display made of ‘tumbling’ red baby chairs with spaces for Zutano clothes to hang.  A fantastic chandelier created from baby milk bottles casts a warm glow over the entire space.      A fixture in the Manchester community for three decades, the Northshire Bookstore is intensely independent.  They are deeply connected to the community, authors and Vermont. Housed in a historic, three-story 10,000-square-foot building, the Northshire Bookstore was founded by the Morrow family in 1976. The store, now run by the owners’ son Chris Morrow, has survived in this digital age through its relentless focus on customer service and listening to what customers want. It serves more that 200,000 customers a year, offers 35,000 titles and brings in authors to speak every week.  It even provides a “Print on Demand’ service that can print customers’ books while they shop or enjoy lunch at the wonderful Spiral Press CaféZutano, available at more than 1,500 gift and specialty boutiques and retailers worldwide as well as on the web at select e-tailers and the Zutano e-boutique will offer its full product line, from newborn to toddler, of sweet and sophisticated designs to Northshire customers. The store will be staffed by a specially-trained Northshire employee who will know all of the facets of the Zutano product line.”We are thrilled to be working with the Northshire Bookstore, it’s an ideal Vermont business partnership come true,” says Michael Belenky, President of Zutano.  “We share so many of the same business philosophies and lifelong dedication to our community in Vermont.  Both Zutano and The Northshire have worked many years to build sustainable, long-term partnerships that are economically just and socially sound.  Both companies create and nurture policies that help the community we live in thrive at its fullest potential.  Being able to join forces and work together with such an anchor in the Manchester community is very special.”  “We are really excited to have Zutano’s presence at the Northshire,” says Chris Morrow, owner of the Northshire Bookstore. “We are putting more and more effort into making our Children’s section world class. This is a great opportunity for both partners, as Zutano represents an internationally-respected brand with deep roots in Vermont and the store will be an amazing complement to our product offerings in the children’s department.”For Zutano, 2009 marks the company’s 20th year of creating the most colorful and creative clothing designs for children around the globe.  Evolving from a New York City apartment into one of the most beloved and influential brands in children’s fashion, Zutano continues full-force as a category leader for design innovation and as a solid example of a sustainable global business in the hills of Vermont.The Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, Vermont.Source: Zutano. Cabot, VT, June 8, 2009 –last_img read more

College of St Joseph receives energy grant for $122,000

first_imgSource: Communications Coordinator at the College of St Joseph 6.29.2010 College of St Joseph in Rutland, VT, has received a grant of $122,749 from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund for upgrades to the college’s residence halls, specifically to install Sto Exterior insulation in the college’s two dorm buildings. The funds from this grant come from monies received by Vermont from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and are distributed by CEDF.The college will combine the CEDF grant with funding formerly received from the Department of Energy through the work of Congressman Peter Welch to rehabilitate the exteriors of both Roncalli and Medaille residence halls. Both halls will have four inches of foam insulation and a stucco surface applied to their exteriors that will address several major issues, including energy efficiency and the need for ongoing exterior maintenance. By the end of the summer, the construction in both halls should be complete.In addition to this major overhaul of the exteriors of both buildings, all of the carpeting in both halls will be removed and replaced with laminate flooring. The college’s maintenance crew will also be doing some rehab work in the bathrooms in each suite.When residents return in the fall, they will find two very different housing facilities. The halls will have a new look outside and in, more stable interior temperature, limited to no interior moisture problems, and brighter and cleaner interiors.last_img read more

Vermont State Dental Society Diabetes Education Program receives $10,000 grant

first_imgThe Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) received a $10,000 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to continue its Diabetes and Oral Health Program (DOHP) that was piloted in 2008. In a collaborative effort between the VSDS, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Health, the program offers on-site courses on the connections between diabetes and oral health to dental professionals. Since the inception of the program, two dental educators, Dr. Nevin Zablotsky and Dr. Gerald Theberge, have presented the DOHP curriculum to 32 dental practices over the state, reaching 277 dental office personnel.Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Vermont State Dental Society, said, ‘The mission of the Diabetes and Oral Health Program is to ensure that practicing dental personnel have access to the latest information on diabetes and ways to identify and refer their patients to diabetes educational and treatment services. Ongoing financial support by the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has been critical to the program’s success.’Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has awarded grants to oral health programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to help address oral health access issues. Based in Concord, New Hampshire, with a sales office in Burlington, Northeast Delta Dental offers dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes and people with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. Source: VSDS. 10.20.2010last_img read more

Vermont foresters assist New York State in combating emerald ash borer

first_imgTwo foresters from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation recently participated in an interstate effort to survey for the emerald ash borer in eastern New York. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect from Asia, which was detected in Ulster and Greene Counties in New York last summer. The State of New York, with assistance from the US Forest Service, is conducting a survey to delineate the extent of this infestation so that management options to slow the spread of the insect can be developed.Emerald ash borer attacks and kills all species of ash, and threatens over 100 million ash trees growing in Vermont. In 2002, this insect was discovered in the vicinity of Detroit and neighboring Ontario. Since then, it has been found in fifteen states and two Canadian provinces, killing tens of millions of ash trees. Emerald ash borer has never been detected in Vermont, but the eastern New York infestation and an infestation near Montreal are within 50 miles of the state.  Outlier populations like these, which are far removed from the primary infested area in the Great Lakes region and close to urban areas, pose the greatest risk in terms of population expansion and economic impact, according to Nate Siegert, US Forest Service entomologist, and technical advisor to the effort in New York.The two foresters joined colleagues from New York and other New England states on the survey crew. They assisted local foresters by inspecting ash trees for woodpecker activity and other evidence of beetle infestation, and collecting ash bolts for closer examination. Team members worked together in a nearby warehouse, debarking the bolts, and dissecting them to look for insect galleries and other signs of emerald ash borer.In addition to providing needed assistance to the State of New York, team participants had the opportunity to learn firsthand how to survey for an insect which may spread to Vermont. ‘I was glad to help’, said Jim Esden, one of the State of Vermont foresters who participated in the week-long assignment. ‘The staff from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Forest Service are faced with a daunting task to delineate this infestation and slow its spread.  They were very helpful and professional. Working with them taught us a lot that may help us in Vermont someday.’The Vermont foresters were also able to observe the level of effort that will be required to address an emerald ash borer infestation. ‘When it shows up, you can’t get rid of it. You’ve just got to manage it’, observed Aaron Hurst, who also worked in New York. State of Vermont agencies are working with federal partners to prepare for emerald ash borer. A Vermont Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan is in place. Over one hundred campgrounds have been surveyed for the insect. In the spring, citizen volunteers interested in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors will be trained to assist their communities with emerald ash borer detection and response.Moving infested firewood over long distances has been the primary cause of emerald ash borer’s rapid expansion over the past nine years. Outbreaks are often found near campgrounds or parks.  ‘One of the most important things we can do to protect our forests is to stop moving firewood. It’s really that simple.’ says Jay Lackey, Forestry Specialist with the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Survey team peeling ash logs to inspect them for signs of emerald ash borer.Left to right:Sarah Schoenberg ‘ US Forest Service, Finger Lakes National ForestJim Esden – Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & RecreationNate Siegert ‘ US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State & Private ForestryAaron Hurst – Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreationlast_img read more

NativeEnergy moves to Burlington waterfront

first_imgNativeEnergy Inc,NativeEnergy, one of the nation’s leading providers of carbon offsets, has moved into the Main Street Landing CornerStone Building at 3 Main Street in Burlington. The company was drawn to Main Street Landing’s commitment to sustainable development and corporate responsibility. NativeEnergy had previously occupied locations in South Burlington and Charlotte. ‘3 Main Street is an ideal fit for NativeEnergy,’ said Jeff Bernicke, President of NativeEnergy. ‘Our new space in the Cornerstone Building is energy efficient and features sustainable building materials. It allows a number of us to reduce our carbon footprints by walking or biking to work or commuting by public transportation. We are excited to join a vibrant downtown Burlington community.’ Melinda Moulton, CEO and Redeveloper of Main Street Landing, added, “NativeEnergy is one of those companies that we love to have in our neighborhood. They care about their environment, their employees, and their community. What a terrific addition to the CornerStone Building.’  NativeEnergy’s new address will be 3 Main St., Suite 212, Burlington, Vt. 05401. The company’s phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Founded in Vermont, NativeEnergy is now celebrating its 10th year of operations. The company’s Help Buildâ ¢ carbon offsets provide funding for new carbon reduction projects, including wind, farm methane, solar, biomass, and landfill gas initiatives. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, these offsets also support local communities’from municipalities to family farms and Native American tribes. NativeEnergy’s clients are leaders in the sustainability field, including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry’s, eBay, Best Buy, Stonyfield Farm, Aveda, Esurance, CLIF Bar, Timberland, and National Geographic.  NativeEnergy encourages the Burlington community to learn more about carbon offsets and climate change at www.nativeenergy.com(link is external). About NativeEnergyNativeEnergy is a leading provider of verified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. For more information, visit: www.nativeenergy.com(link is external). About Main Street LandingMain Street Landing is an environmentally and socially conscious redevelopment company in Burlington, Vt., that has created over 250,000 square feet of built environment on the Burlington Waterfront.BURLINGTON, Vt. ‘ June 30, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Australia sees sharp drop in brown coal generation, surge in solar and wind output

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Brown coal generation fell to its lowest level in the history of the modern power grid in the December quarter, as solar and wind generation surged and coal’s retreat was exacerbated by scheduled maintenance and accidents.The development marks another milestone in the evolution of the modern eastern states’ National Electricity Market from a centralised grid dominated by huge thermal generators to a decentralised grid with a constantly changing mix of fossil fuel, solar, wind and hydro energy.Brown coal generation in Victoria was 8227 gigawatt hours in the December quarter, down from 8500 GWh in the December 2017 quarter and well below the 11,000 GWh in the December 2016 quarter, the last full quarter before Hazelwood’s closure in late March 2017, according to data compiled by Dylan McConnell, a researcher at the University of Melbourne’s College of Climate and Energy. Gas generation was also a big loser, plummeting to just 3183 GWh in the December quarter from 5692 GWH in the December 2017 quarter.The big winners were rooftop solar, which surged by more than a quarter to 2690 GWh from a year earlier, utility-scale solar, which increased fivefold to 917 GWh as more large solar farms came online, and wind, up a fifth to 3426 GWh. Hydro generation also grew 17 per cent to 3400 GWh.Black coal generation still dominates the NEM, but its contribution slipped to 27,550 GWh from 27,698 GWh a year earlier. Even so, the trend is unmistakable, with 7200 megawatts of large-scale wind and solar under construction, according to Green Energy Markets, and record rates of solar rooftop installation.More: Brown coal generation drops to lowest for NEM as solar, wind surge Australia sees sharp drop in brown coal generation, surge in solar and wind outputlast_img read more

Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental review

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior Department officials had wrongly avoided an environmental review of their action by describing it “as a mere policy shift.” In so doing, officials ignored the environmental effects of selling huge volumes of coal from public lands, the judge said.The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.A previous order from Morris blocked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude from Canada’s oil sands. Other courts have issued rulings against the administration’s plans for oil and gas leasing and coal mining.More than 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined from federal lands, primarily in Western states. Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments.The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on most federal coal sales in 2016. The move followed concerns that low royalty rates paid by mining companies were shortchanging taxpayers and that burning the fuel was making climate change worse. President Donald Trump lifted the moratorium in March 2017 as part of his efforts to revitalize the slumping coal industry.More: Judge: Resumption of U.S. coal sales by Trump needs review Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental reviewlast_img read more