Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, April 21, 2010

Vermont Launches Renewable Energy Atlas
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), in conjunction with the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and Fountains Spatial, Inc., announced the launch of The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont, a state-of-the-art GIS-based web application that identifies, analyzes, and visualizes existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects.

The Atlas is the first tool of its kind in the United States to enable users to choose their town or county and then select from a suite of renewable energy options including biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind. With a click of the mouse, users can map their selection. Existing and potential renewable energy sites, renewable energy installers and consultants will appear on the map, and an analysis panel will summarize the results. The simple to use web application can be accessed anywhere and users can save their maps and analyses as unique URLs or export them to a PDF document.

The Renewable Energy Atlas is available @
Mount Snow Plans to Renovate Resort - Brattleboro Reformer
The Mount Snow resort presented its long-term development plan at a Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce social last week. With many of its buildings dating back to the 1960's, the resort is due for a makeover, according to Laurie Newton, Mount Snow planning director.
Has Trust Leaked Away With the Tritium? - Green Inc. Blog -
A panel of experts convened on Tuesday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss how the agency should approach tritium leaks at reactors suggested that the biggest risk that nuclear operators faced was the erosion of public trust.
UVM Clean Energy Fund Approves First Round of Projects | University of Vermont
Its southern orientation, easygoing slope, and ample surface area make the roof of the University of Vermont's Miller Equine Center on Spear Street a potentially ideal sunlight collector. That fact was not lost on a committee of University of Vermont students, faculty, staff and alumni charged with greenlighting proposals received by the university's new Clean Energy Fund.

Thanks to the fund, the horse barn's red metal roof will house a large array of solar panels producing up to 150 kilowatts of electricity, one of nine renewable energy-related projects to be financed through the new fund.

The Burlington Free Press also has a story on the nine projects selected by the UVM clean energy program.
Study - Last Decade Saw Boom in Environmental Courts, Tribunals -
The number of courts and tribunals specializing in environmental issues doubled during the past decade, prompted by increasingly complex regulations and growing concerns about natural resources, according to a new study.