Nava Bio-Energy Ltd. is a small-commercial processor of vegetable oil-based biodiesel. Utilizing the transesterification process, the plant has a production capacity of 400 gallons per day from equipment designed by the founder and president, Winston Sadoo and built by the company’s engineering technician Richard Small.
Renewable Energy Resources, Inc. (RER) is a biomass energy company with the mission to produce thermal energy from grass biomass. Grass biomass can be produced locally, normally within a 30-mile radius of a customer’s facility, thus providing a low-cost, sustainable fuel supply with the benefit that the money will stay in the community to create local jobs.
In order to advance bioenergy educational opportunities in Vermont, VSJF awarded grants to the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College for the development of biomass-to-biofuels course curriculum. These courses provided students, farmers, entrepreneurs, and others with the educational foundation and hands-on technical skills necessary to develop Vermont’s biomass-to-biofuels market.
Renewable Energy of Vermont (REV) received VBI grant funding to increase bioenergy educational and networking activities through the REV newsletter, local media articles and public awareness efforts. In addition, Vermont’s renewable energy trade association provided industry support through its Biofuels Working Group, made substantive website improvements, and continues to include biomass and bioenergy topics in its annual Fall Conference.
Named a local Vermont food treasure in a recent Boston Globe article, touted by Gourmet magazine as having a “pepperoni that makes a delightful hors d’oeuvre”, and featured on the Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys, Vermont Smoke and Cure (VSC) has been generating a lot of buzz lately.
A passion for Vermont and community, a drive to use technology to help their customers leverage the power of the internet, and a philosophy that creative, hard working people are a businesses’ greatest asset led three enterprising young partners to form Union Street Media (USM) in a dorm room at Middlebury College in 1999.
As a chemistry professor, Scott Gordon brought his expertise to bear at the University of Vermont by building a 60 gallon prototype biodiesel processor in 2004. Gordon soon branched out on his own with Green Technologies, Inc., a waste vegetable oil biodiesel producer.
Scattered among 4 buildings in Morrisville and Hyde Park, the employees of Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (MSI) assemble a myriad of products for customers such as Concept 2’s rowers and blades and components of Blodgett ovens, in a LEAN manufacturing environment. Started in 1996 by Garret Hirchak and his wife Beth Salvas, MSI has become one of Morrisville’s largest employers with over 77 employees.
In 2002, the passage of the National Organic Certification Law fueled an increase in the demand for certified organic seed. Seed companies nationwide were desperate to find organic seed to meet this increased demand.
Autumn oak. Maple smoked Gouda. Cider smoked Plymouth. No, these are not the orange, simulated “cheeses” that many of us were raised on. The Vermont Cheese Council represents a transition from commodity to value-added agricultural production, which yields a higher rate of return for farmers and a more diverse range of products for consumers.
Many of Vermont’s entrepreneurs are closing in on retirement and they’re looking for options to exit their business – such as selling to another Vermont owner, employee ownership, or passing it on to a family member. The Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) is one organization in Vermont dedicated to helping Vermont companies move successfully into employee ownership and stay in Vermont.
The Vermont Builds Greener Program, an initiative of Building for Social Responsibility, certifies that residential buildings are constructed to sustainable standards for citing and land use, building design, quality and durability, energy use, resource impacts, occupant health and education.
The On-Farm Seed Oil Study was a research and development project designed to understand the production of oilseeds in Vermont’s cold climate. The purpose of the project was to help detail the costs and benefits for farmers interested in increasing their energy security using their own resources.