• DeltaClimeVT Energy 2021 cohort selected; virtual programming kicks off

    Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announces the selection of the Energy 2021 cohort of the DeltaClimeVT climate economy business accelerator. Seven 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...

  • A Vermonter’s Approach to Sustainable, Affordable Housing

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Ten years ago this summer, Hurricane Irene tore through Vermont, leaving massive destruction and flooding in its wake. Among the hardest hit were mobile home parks, where many residents lost everything they owned—including the...

  • Rugged Ridge Grows Sugarbush, Business in Pace with the Forest

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund It’s often said in business that “bigger is better,” but for Josh Seidman, steward of Rugged Ridge Forest, “better” is making the highest-quality maple syrup sustainably. A 2010 University of Vermont graduate, Seidman became interested...

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

    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...

  • New Plan to Strengthen Vermont’s Agriculture and Food System Released

    The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund through its Farm to Plate Initiative, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) have released the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. [caption id="attachment_4914" align="alignright" width="318"] The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund through its Farm to Plate...

  • DeltaClimeVT Seeks Entrepreneurs for Energy 2021

    The DeltaClimeVT climate economy business accelerator seeks entrepreneurs for the Energy 2021 program. Startup ventures that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy-related products or services for residential and small business customers must submit applications for Energy 2021 by Feb. 19, 2021. Selection will...

  • Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed with Advisory Board Video Series

    The Farm to Plate Network, managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), just released a new video series to help raise awareness and use of advisory boards among Vermont entrepreneurs. “Advisory boards help entrepreneurs optimize resilience and innovation for themselves and their businesses,” said Jake...

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

    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...

  • Maple Landmark, America’s “Local Toy Company,” Rooted in Family, Forest

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Mike Rainville, founder and owner of Maple Landmark, landed his first wholesale account at age 15, when a traveling salesman noticed the wooden tic tac toe boards Mike had for sale at the Lincoln...

  • The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

    Her business vanished virtually overnight, but with creativity and coaching, Sugarsnap Catering is back stronger than ever and optimistic about 2021. By Kelly Nottermann, Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Over a seven-day period that she refers to as “Twilight Zone Week,” Abbey Duke, owner of Sugarsnap...

  • “New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply” Project Launches

    New England State Food System Planners Partnership New Regional Partnership Aims to Prepare New England for Future Food Supply Disruptions The New England State Food System Planners Partnership, a network of food system leaders from all six New England states, has launched the "New England Feeding New...

  • Loggers and Lagers: How Healthy Forests Help Brew a Better Pint

    By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund The story of von Trapp Brewing begins fifty years ago in the forested hills behind the resort, where a natural spring bubbles clear water up to the surface of the earth. The spring is...