Friday, October 29, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, October 29, 2010

Nought 101 | UVM’s green report card: hard-won A minus
A fresh batch of green grades has been issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and the only two rated Vermont schools, UVM and Middlebury, both held their own from last year, both with A minus.
Feds: Coordinate efforts to battle bat disease |
Federal wildlife officials are proposing a coordinated national effort to fight a disease decimating bat populations before there are "irreversible losses."

The draft plan outlining ways officials can work together to check the spread of white-nose syndrome was released Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
UVM no longer using compostable cutlery |
The University of Vermont is no longer using compostable cutlery in its dining halls because the vegetable-starch-based utensils don't break down like they were supposed to.

Instead, the cutlery comes out of compost heaps after years looking pretty much like it did when it was plowed under.
Vt. state parks report busiest season in 15 years | WCAX.COM
Vermont's state parks were packed this year.

Park officials say 2010 was the busiest season in 15 years. A total of 836,984 people spent time at a state park this past season, a 15 percent jump over last year.
Vt. Fish and Wildlife chief objects to elk plan |
The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says a proposed management plan for an elk hunting preserve in the Northeast Kingdom doesn't protect the health of the park habitat, the captive animals or Vermont's wild deer.

Commissioner Wayne Laroche is responding to a plan filed by dairy farmer Doug Nelson, who also raises trophy elk on a fenced preserve in Irasburg called Big Rack Ridge.
Trash to power | Brattleboro Reformer
Carbon Harvest Energy began generating electricity from the company's state-of-the-art Brattleboro landfill-to-grid system during a Monday ceremony with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, ushering in a new source of renewable energy in southern Vermont.

Shortly after noon at the Carbon Harvest renewable energy and sustainable agriculture project off Old Ferry Road, Leahy, D-Vt., threw the switch connecting power to officially commission the landfill energy project. Instead of pulling an oversized lever to start the grid, the senator simply pressed a button on a laptop - seconds later the generator roared as it warmed up before rapidly increasing in speed. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Carbon Harvest)
Vt. to collect data on deer at check stations | WCAX.COM
Vermont officials will be collecting information on the age and health of deer at 24 biological deer check stations during the state's youth hunting weekend.
Vt. revamps climate change web site |
The state of Vermont has redesigned its climate change web site, adding data on greenhouse gas emissions, initiatives to combat it and recommendations for people who want to make a difference.

The site, which is run by the state Agency of Natural Resources, is aimed at providing information about how climate change affects Vermont.