Vermont Electric Cooperative, like other Vermont utilities, is working on increasing its renewable energy portfolio. It’s currently proposing solar projects in Alburg and Grand Isle. And this week the co-op presented plans for a new project in Hinesburg. But some residents feel the project isn’t a good fit for their neighborhood.
Did you know you can recycle disposable batteries in Vermont? And as of last month, Vermont became the first state to require disposable battery manufacturers to make battery recycling more convenient.
Public transportation passengers in parts of Vermont will soon be able to buy tickets and track busses on their cell phones. It's part of an overall effort to move to a paperless system for what's soon to be known as Green Mountain Transit.
This week voters in the village of Hyde Park and the town of Stowe each approved building community-based solar projects. Once online, the projects will help the small municipal electric departments meet Vermont’s new renewable energy standards.
This spring, flood insurance will be a little less expensive for property owners in Colchester. That's due to the town's involvement in a hazard mitigation program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Williston's Mud Pond Country Park just gained 39 acres and about a mile of new trails open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The park expansion was a collaborative effort between the town, conservationists and recreational users of the land.
Every five years, Vermont towns are required to update their municipal plans. It can be an onerous process, and planning commissions often struggle to get residents involved. But Bolton has come up with some creative ways to involve all sorts of community members its town plan update.
A working group that has been studying duplicate governing efforts in the town of Essex and the village of Essex Junction is recommending a joint planning commission serve the two municipalities. The Working Group For Thoughtful Growth In Action is set to present its findings at a forum next week.
Vermont has state forest land and a 100-year tradition of creating and maintaining town forests. However, the vast majority of forested land in the state is privately owned. Until now, there was no easy way to get a complete picture of Vermont's forests.
In the summertime, the Statehouse lawn is bustling with Frisbee games and picnic lunches. This time of year, it's a much quieter place. But Montpelier Alive's Put A Rink On It Committee is hoping to change all that.
Last week's announcement that Steven Locke will be the next Burlington Fire Chief has municipal officials in Hartford scrambling. Locke has been fire chief in Hartford since 2008 and he has also been serving as the Interim Town Manager.
Thanks to a new public-private partnership, Vermont will soon have its first 24-hour rest area and services center along Interstate 89. The Vermont Traveler Services Center, off exit 7 in Berlin, will include a convenience store and deli, and be powered by a 500 kilowatt solar array.
Vermont’s emergency responders rely on radio communications to talk to each other in critical situations. But clear space on the airwaves is not available in all parts of the state. For example, radio transmissions coming through at the Capital West dispatch center, located at the Montpelier Police Department, include other Vermont emergency dispatchers as well as a French-speaking Canadian taxi company.
Snow or no snow, planning for the snowmobiling season is proceeding cross Vermont. The official Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) season starts Dec. 15, or at any point thereafter when there is sufficient snow cover on the VAST trails.