Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

April 23, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont forests a critical part of global bird conservation effort This spring, when the Black-throated Blue Warblers, Wood Thrush, and Scarlet Tanagers make their annual return to Vermont from Central and South America, they will find new habitats for nesting and breeding in Vermont thanks … Read More

Slow Money Vermont Announces New Leadership

Slow Money Vermont Announces New Leadership

April 16, 2018By Ellen KahlerPress Releases

For Immediate Release  Longstanding chair, Eric DeLuca, passes the baton to Janice Shade, co-founder of Milk Money Montpelier, VT,–  Slow Money VT recently elected Janice Shade, co-founder of Milk Money to the position of Board Chair.  With Milk Money VT’s Janice Shade taking on this leadership position, Slow Money VT is poised to further integrate … Read More

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

April 13, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund April 13, 2018 While an aging industry struggles with succession, Colleen Goodridge cultivates the next generation through education, relationships. Every industry needs a matriarch, and Vermont’s forest products industry has Colleen Goodridge. Goodridge Lumber, owned and operated by Colleen and her sons, began in 1973 … Read More

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

April 4, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By: Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director Maple: Vermont’s Agricultural Enterprise in the Forest Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont epitomizes both the quaint history and bright future for Vermont’s maple industry. The third generation sugaring operation, now run by siblings Emma and Ira Marvin, stands poised to build on the foundation of botany, forestry … Read More

Connecting our sustainable heritage to economic development and jobs for Vermonters

Connecting our sustainable heritage to economic development and jobs for Vermonters

February 14, 2018By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundStaff Articles

Most Vermonters would agree we live here among the Green Mountains so we can enjoy a quality of life as individuals, families, and businesses that affords us a decent standard of living, our independence, and the use of our natural resources now, and for generations to come. Our deep rooted Yankee ingenuity, inventiveness, drive towards … Read More

Accel-VT to graduate first climate economy business cohort

Accel-VT to graduate first climate economy business cohort

February 6, 2018By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

Eight climate change innovation entrepreneurs participate in business accelerator to help solve distributed energy challenges with the electric grid while honing business models for success in the marketplace Burlington, Vt. – Eight entrepreneurial start-up companies will convene next week at Burlington Electric Department’s Spark Space for the final “sprint” of Accel-VT—a business accelerator providing support, … Read More

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund expands business assistance services

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund expands business assistance services

January 31, 2018By Vermont Sustainable Jobs FundPress Releases

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s economic development approach packaged in a suite of client services, directed by Geoff Robertson The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development, announces the expansion of its suite of services for clients from private sector businesses in the early and growth stages of development. Services have … Read More

Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

January 24, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80-percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont’s culture and heritage. Yet, the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products: high quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and firewood, as well as services such as … Read More

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

Vermont’s workforce dilemma

November 14, 2017By Ellen KahlerStaff Articles

Vermont’s struggle to grow its workforce weakens our economy, inhibits the ability for Vermont businesses to expand their operations, and threatens the ability for Vermonters and future generations to grow and thrive here in the Green Mountains. An aging workforce, stagnant wages in jobs without career ladders, the cost of housing and childcare, the opioid … Read More