Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 10, 2010

Cooking contest features local ingredients | The Burlington Free Press
A cooking competition at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington will focus not so much on who makes the best-tasting meal, but on how far the ingredients traveled to get to dinner. Chefs have been asked to create dishes from ingredients that originate close to home.

"The Food Less Traveled" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and will feature local cooks from six area restaurants: American Flatbread, Cosmic Bakery, Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Skinny Pancake, the Spot and Sugarsnap.
Vermont receives $3.75M in energy efficiency grants | The Burlington Free Press
Eighteen farms and rural businesses in Vermont will receive a total of $3,750,930 in grants and loans for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects, Vermont's congressional delegation announced Tuesday. Among the projects are close to $2 million in grants and loans for agricultural methane production and electrical generation in Addison County, and $1.5 million for the Addison Solar Farm being built on U.S. 7 in Vergennes. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Addison Solar Farm)
Barre eco-friendly home awaits low-income family | WCAX.COM
Super energy efficient homes are not only for the super rich. The Central Vermont Land Trust is helping to put a low-income family into a new state-of-the-art home in Barre town.

What started as a foreclosed wreck last year was torn down and turned into a five-plus Energy Star home. It features radiant floors, on demand hot water and R-60 insulated walls. The income eligible buyer will end up paying about $140,000 after a federally funded subsidy.