Vermont has fallen well short of its goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday.
The state’s lawmakers set the goals in 2006 with optimistic legislation that laid out a timeline for the state’s greenhouse gas reductions. The legislature used 1990 emissions levels as a benchmark, calling for a 25 percent reduction from those levels by 2012, a 50 percent reduction by 2028 and a 75 percent reduction by 2050.
According to the Vermont Superior Court decision, Len Britton’s 2010 Senate campaign was so low on funds in September of 2010 that Jeffrey Bartley decided he had to stop working or he wouldn’t be paid.
The results of a survey taken by the Town of Eden are in and if one conclusion can be drawn, it's that residents have mixed feelings about a proposed wind project in town.
The survey was distributed in property tax bills, and was also accessible via the town website. A total of 133 responses were returned to the town, representing about 10 percent of the town's total population.
Renewable energy has been a hot topic at select board meetings around Vermont this year. Many towns have discussed undertaking net metering projects to power municipal buildings. Net metering allows customers with their own renewable energy infrastructure to sell unused power back to the grid. Most municipal discussions, however, have focused on solar energy.
Caitrin Maloney, of Morrisville, will be the next executive director of Stowe Land Trust. In its 26 year history, the trust has conserved nearly 3,500 acres in Stowe, Morristown and Waterbury. The trust also owns five properties which it manages for public recreational use.
Maloney has directed the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Watershed Alliance, and most recently she served as executive director of the Friends of the Mad River, a watershed conservation organization based in Waitsfield.
This week VPR's Public Post reports on a move by Hardwick Electric that will allow for more local renewable energy projects; parking issues in downtown Montpelier; and a new facility in the works for the Weston Playhouse.
Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Glover, Concord, Pittsford, Townshend and more:
Downtown Montpelier has a parking problem. That's one of the conclusions the Montpelier Parking Committee reached after tallying the results of a series of recent parking surveys. The committee presented its findings to the City Council on Wednesday.
The changes would redefine which workers qualify for full time benefits. While representatives for the multi-national food service corporation has said the changes will keep it in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, critics say it’s a simple cost-cutting move.
The City of Burlington settled an appeal with a Burlington landowner this week, removing the final obstacle that could have put a stop to the long-planned Champlain Parkway project.
“This means that at some point – and we hope sooner rather than later – but at some point the Champlain Parkway will be awarded an Act 250 permit,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said, referring to environmental permits required by state law.
The Champlain Parkway is a proposed traffic route that would curve from the end of Interstate 189 on Shelburne Road to Burlington's South End.