Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, September 15, 2010

Barre wind turbine maker earns $620,000 federal grant | The Burlington Free Press
A Barre company won a $620,000 federal grant to build wind turbine technology.

The U.S. Department of Energy grant for Northern Power Systems was announced Monday by Vermont's congressional delegation.

According to the delegation, the grant will create jobs and accelerate the development of wind turbines manufactured in Vermont.

The company has plans to build 450-kilowatt turbines, which would reduce the cost of energy generated for schools, farms, factories and other facilities. The turbines are small enough to install on site, reducing the need for new transmission wires, according to a news release from the delegation.
Welch proposes bill for fresher farm-to-school food | The Burlington Free Press
Vermont students and farmers would benefit from proposed legislation designed to bring more locally produced fruits and vegetables to schools, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., announced Monday morning at Malletts Bay School in Colchester.

If the bill passes, Vermont schools would be well-positioned to replace current federal fresh-food aid (bulk, surplus produce such as carrots, potatoes and apples trucked from Rhode Island) with purchases of up to $90,000 from nearby farms, Welch said.
Festival celebrates local food | The Burlington Free Press
From appetizer to dessert and everything in between, it was all local Sunday at the ninth annual Vermont Small Farms Food Fest at Shelburne Orchards to begin Eat Local Week.

People lined up to taste grass-fed beef hamburgers and sweet corn in the cob, tomatillo salsa and organic pesto, wholegrain mustard and pickled garlic, onion dill chevre and apple cider doughnuts. Consumers and producers celebrated the growing local food movement during what is becoming a traditional fall gathering for food lovers across Chittenden County.
Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Vermont's Energy Future | ValleyNet Events Calendar
Vermont’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates will take part in a forum on Vermont’s energy future from 5-6 pm at Bradford Academy. The forum is part of the Local Energy Alternatives Festival in Bradford, VT. Visit www.leafvt.org for event schedule and details.
The bears and the bees and climate change | Times Argus Online
Here in Vermont we’ve witnessed an almost frost-free ground over the winter, early spring, late frost that kills new growth, record-breaking heat, staccato weather patterns of sun and rain and wind in separate short bursts, brighter than bright sun, hail and high winds, torrential rains that wash out silt and pollutants into waterways, billowing thunderclouds in the morning, hungry bees and bears too early for food and a growing need to intervene in what used to be a “let-nature-do-its-thing” world.