Combined Heat and Power at Allard Lumber Saves Money, Jobs, and Environment

Combined Heat and Power at Allard Lumber Saves Money, Jobs, and Environment

February 24, 2021By Christine McGowanPress Releases, Staff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund When the water pump on Allard Lumber’s boiler went a few years back, Trevor Allard finally had the excuse he needed to begin building the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that he had been considering for years. “I couldn’t justify throwing out … Read More

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

December 4, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Resourceful Vermonters have long looked to the forest for wood heat, building materials, and furniture, but Jim Lovinsky, owner of Sylvacurl in East Hardwick, may be among the first to see an alternative to plastic packing peanuts. The company produces wood curls that … Read More

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

November 19, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

By Geoff Robertson, Business Assistance Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Her business vanished virtually overnight, but with creativity and coaching, Sugarsnap Catering is back stronger than ever and optimistic about 2021. Over a seven-day period that she refers to as “Twilight Zone Week,” Abbey Duke, owner of Sugarsnap Catering in Burlington went from a full … Read More

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

September 1, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund In every industry, there are individuals who set the bar. In Vermont’s forest products industry, two of those individuals are Brian Lafoe and his son-in-law, Stan Parker, owners of Lafoe Logging. Last year, Lafoe Logging was named “Northeast Region Outstanding Logger” by The … Read More

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

August 5, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

The Cold Hollow Carbon project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the first co-op model in the country to successfully enter a voluntary carbon market. By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Long valued for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and solace, Vermont’s forests are being recognized for providing another, more global, … Read More

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

COVID-19, Community, and Curbside Pick-Up

June 10, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Upper Valley Produce Responds to New Needs of Vermont’s Food System By Geoff Robertson, Business Assistance Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund It’s no secret that the food industry has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. The pandemic forced producers, farmers, and restaurants to adapt their business models—or close their doors—virtually overnight. In the middle … Read More

Farm to Plate Statement of Solidarity

Farm to Plate Statement of Solidarity

June 8, 2020By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

The Farm to Plate team at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund stands in solidarity with the Black and African American community in condemning the murders of and demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.

New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

May 26, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Start-Up Whiteout Solutions Piloting Forest Inventory and Mapping Technology in Northeast Kingdom By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Vermont’s first sawmill opened in 1738, nearly a century before the first chainsaw was invented, not to mention cars or telephones. And it was at least 150 years before that sawmill … Read More