August 15, 2013
Grants available for recycling and compost bins
Chittenden Solid Waste District is offering $20,000 in grants for businesses, institutions, not-for-profits or municipalities to cover up to 40 percent of the cost of new recycling and food-scrap collection containers or all-in-one waste stations.
The grants can help businesses and organizations prepare for rules mandated under Vermont’s universal waste reduction law. Act 148 will phase in bans on landfill disposal of all food scraps and residuals starting in 2014, and it requires a recycling bin to be placed next to every trash can in all publicly owned properties, starting in 2015.
Visit www.cswd.net for grant eligibility details, container examples and application forms, located under the Programs tab. Grant applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are disbursed, or until June 15, 2014.
For more information, contact Michele Morris at 872-8100, ext. 237 or [email protected]
Luebbers appointed assistant dean
Williston resident Kimberly Luebbers has been appointed assistant dean for clinical research administration, overseeing the Office of Clinical Trials Research and administration of the University of Vermont’s Clinical Research Center. She will support the clinical research enterprise at UVM and Fletcher Allen, including the Vermont Cancer Center clinical research staff, and will remain actively engaged in many aspects of cancer advocacy and leadership.
“Kim has a track record of success in managing the administrative, regulatory and financial aspects of clinical research, along with a dedication to comprehensive high quality care for patients and participants involved in clinical trials,” said Ira C. Bernstein, UVM senior associate dean for research and senior advisor for clinical research for the UVM Medical Group at Fletcher Allen.
Williston CPA firm donates $1,200
Williston firm Davis & Hodgdon CPAs donated $1,200 recently, with the help of its customers.
For each customer satisfaction survey completed after tax season, the firm donated $5 to a local charity. Another $5 was donated on behalf of every client that opts to pick up his tax return rather than having it mailed directly to him.
The firm gave a total of $1,200 to the following local organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont; Dress for Success Burlington; Vermont Foodbank; Prevent Child Abuse Vermont; the Special Olympics local chapter; and the Honduras Rehab Project.
NRG Systems rebrands
NRG Systems has changed its name to Renewable NRG Systems, Inc. The manufacturer of resource assessment and turbine optimization equipment has implemented a rebranding campaign to communicate its vision and future direction.
“Our brand is evolving, but our principles remain the same,” said Jan (Blittersdorf) Blomstrann, owner, president and CEO. “We will continue to focus on our manufacturing roots, live our values and develop our expertise to support the success of renewable energy.”
Pratt joins Affiliated Associates
Affiliated Associates announced the recent hire of Morgan Pratt as a marketing assistant. Pratt will manage event planning, web and social media updates and the database, as well as assist with administrative duties.
Pratt is a graduate of Johnson State College with a Bachelor of Arts in hospitality and tourism management. Previously, she was the program and membership manager for the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce and conference planner for the Stoweflake Mountain Resort.
Gosselin tapped as economic development commissioner
Lisa Gosselin, who helped grow Eating Well Media Group, has been named economic development commissioner for Vermont.
“Lisa has an incredibly strong marketing and business background, but even more significant is her hands-on success at economic growth and her enthusiasm for doing business in our great state. She understands why businesses choose to grow in Vermont and she has the ability to connect the dots and generate the buzz needed to spur economic development in the state,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Gobeille appointed chair of Green Mountain Care Board
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced recently that Burlington businessman Al Gobeille will take over as chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, beginning immediately.
“As a business owner, Al understands that health care costs are not sustainable, and are crippling Vermont employers, Vermont families and Vermont’s economy,” Shumlin said. “His organizational leadership skills and practical business experience make him an ideal chair for the Board. Al also has an uncanny ability to translate complex health care jargon into clear, understandable explanations for the public.”
Northfield Savings Bank donates to community organizations
In recent months, Northfield Savings Bank has made donations of more than $43,000 to Vermont non-profit organizations, including a recent $3,000 donation to Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth, leadership, service, conservation and education organization that instills in individuals the values of personal responsibility, hard work, education and respect for the environment.
Vermont unemployment rate rises to 4.4 percent in June
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June 2013 was 4.4 percent, an increase from the prior month’s estimate of 4.1 percent. The comparative national average was 7.6 percent, which was unchanged from May. June 2013 data represents the second consecutive month reporting an increase in the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont. Data shows a similar rise during the months of May and June.
McAndrew among ‘Top 250 Women in Litigation’
Karen McAndrew of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew has been included among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation featuring female litigators from all 50 states.
McAndrew has had an active litigation practice for more than 30 years, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Vermonter receives James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.
A Vermonter was among the recipients of the third annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards.
Hal Hamilton, founder and co-director of Sustainable Food Lab was chosen for his work supporting food companies, nonprofits and farmers to demonstrate and scale sustainability in the global food supply.
The Leadership Awards recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Excellence of work, innovation in approach and scale of impact either within a community or across the nation were among the criteria used to select this year’s honorees.
Cynthia Hayes, Marion Nestle, Ricardo Salvador and Gus Schumacher were also selected.