Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 3, 2010

UVM moves toward 'carbon neutrality' | The Burlington Free Press
The University of Vermont has launched an ambitious timetable for drawing down campus greenhouse-gas emissions, President Dan Fogel announced Friday.

By 2025, Fogel told trustees at their fall meeting, the university hopes to become "carbon neutral" -- that is, to reduce its net carbon-dioxide emissions to zero. A preliminary plan to achieve that will be drafted by December, with a more-comprehensive climate action plan due by 2012.

Fogel committed UVM to this course in 2007 when, along with hundreds of other academic leaders, he signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, a national initiative that requires each institution to develop an emissions inventory and to submit a climate action plan leading ultimately to carbon neutrality.
Task force to study Burlington bike path | The Burlington Free Press
A new task force is going to be looking at options for the future of a major tourist attraction in Vermont's biggest city.

The Burlington Bike Path Task Force was created by the City Council to recommend future improvements and changes to the bike path, a multi-use paved trail that winds along the shore of Lake Champlain.

The group will update the bike path's capital plan, make funding recommendations and seek community participation on questions about how to integrate the bike path better into the city's network of street bike paths and bike amenities.
Recycling advocates say expanded bottle bill is a success | WCAX.COM
State and national recycling advocates are hailing the first year of New York's expanded bottle deposit law as a success.

October 31st was the 1-year anniversary of the expansion of the bottle law to include bottled water.

Laura Haight of the New York Public Interest Research Group says the state has collected over $120 million in unclaimed deposits from the expanded bottle bill. That's on target with the state's budget projections of $118 million.