Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, August 17, 2010

Photo courtesy of Green Mountain College.
Vermont college deemed 'greenest' | Boston.com
Vermont's Green Mountain College has been named the greenest school in the country by Sierra magazine.

In its annual feature on the "coolest schools," Sierra gave the Poultney college top marks in its list of America's 100 greenest schools, noting its creativity.

The fourth annual ranking was based on the schools' commitment to sustainability including efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments and other initiatives.
New England grid chief: Cooperate on wind power | Boston.com
A cooperative approach among New England states holds the best hope for meeting the region's renewable energy goals by giving states additional clout and spreading the risk of expensive projects, the top official from the regional power grid operator said Monday.

A report by the New England States Committee on Electricity last month encouraged the six states -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut -- to work together to select projects and line up bidders.
VPR News | Big Hydro: Changing Environmental Opposition
Last week in a festive ceremony, Vermont utilities and Hydro-Quebec signed a new power contract.

Vermont will buy up to one-quarter of its electricity from the provincial utility.

Just two decades ago, a power purchase from Canada would raise significant opposition over social and environmental issues.

But today - with climate change in the picture - the deal has faced almost no opposition.