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

Growing the Next Generation of Vermont Farmers

Growing the Next Generation of Vermont Farmers

May 21, 2020By Shane RogersStaff Articles

Young Farmers in Vermont Met with Challenges and Opportunities By Shane Rogers, Farm to Plate Communications Manager at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund The landscape of farming is changing throughout the country, and Vermont agriculture is by no means an exception. To see this borne out, one only has to look to the dairy industry … Read More

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

April 29, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

One of Vermont’s oldest manufacturers shifts from wood products to personal protective equipment.   By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. As stay-at-home orders rippled through Vermont’s business community last month, one of the state’s oldest manufacturers, J.K. Adams began to experiment with cutting plastic instead of wood. “We have … Read More

Communications During COVID-19

Communications During COVID-19

April 13, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Considerations and Tips for Communicating with External and Internal Audiences During COVID-19 By Kelly Nottermann, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Communications Director We are all connected and, now more than ever, we depend on one another for understanding, support and partnership to get through a worldwide event that none of us has ever experienced before. Some … Read More

DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 business accelerator selects cohort and kicks off with virtual sprint

DeltaClimeVT Energy 2020 business accelerator selects cohort and kicks off with virtual sprint

April 10, 2020By Kelly NottermannPress Releases

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announces the selection of the Energy 2020 cohort of the DeltaClimeVT  climate economy business accelerator. Nine early-stage energy companies from across the U.S. and Canada will work with climate economy leaders, industry experts, potential partners and investment professionals over the next three months while completing an intensive curriculum, developed by … Read More

For Vermont Entrepreneur, Wood Heat Fits Like a Glove

For Vermont Entrepreneur, Wood Heat Fits Like a Glove

February 17, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund As a young entrepreneur, Sam Hooper carefully considers every decision he makes for his business, and every dollar he spends. So when Hooper, who bought the hundred-year-old Vermont Glove last year, was faced with replacing the building’s ancient heating system, he did his homework. “We … Read More

Local Planning for Food Access: A Toolkit for Vermont’s Communities

Local Planning for Food Access: A Toolkit for Vermont’s Communities

January 27, 2020By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

Supporting the economic viability of local farms and increasing food access for all community members are often treated as separate, or even conflicting, objectives. The Farm to Plate Network, however, works to address these issues simultaneously, as both are necessary for economic stability and thriving communities. While models can be developed and sometimes implemented by … Read More

Vermont Farm to Plate Achieving Intended Outcomes

Vermont Farm to Plate Achieving Intended Outcomes

January 21, 2020By Jake ClaroStaff Articles

A Letter from Farm to Plate Director Jake Claro to the Vermont General Assembly and Governor Phil Scott: This year’s Vermont Farm to Plate Annual Report features highlights of key projects from 2019, including grass-fed beef industry development, local planning for food access, wholesale markets, and small-scale on-farm composting. You will also see how Rooted … Read More

Lumberjills Gain Skills, Confidence in Game of Logging

Lumberjills Gain Skills, Confidence in Game of Logging

January 20, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Women-only trainings target growing number of female landowners in Vermont. By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund “Learning to use a chainsaw was the most empowering thing I have ever done,” said Caitlin Gosciminski, a natural resources major at the University of Vermont. Gosciminski was among ten women who participated in the … Read More

DeltaClimeVT Founder Story: EVmatch – Pilot Programs Expand EV Charging in VT

DeltaClimeVT Founder Story: EVmatch – Pilot Programs Expand EV Charging in VT

January 14, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power working with start-up EVmatch to reduce “range anxiety” for Vermont EV owners. Electric vehicles (commonly known as EVs), are widely seen as one of the most promising ways to move away from fossil fuels, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and move Vermont closer to its clean energy goals. Reliable … Read More