Mike Becker, a senior at Vermont Technical College and a Dufresne-Henry employee, has recently been named Student Engineer of the Year by the college.VTC selects one student each year for this honor as part of National Engineers Week. Becker was selected based on his grade point average, performance on projects, and overall willingness to learn and assist his fellow students. He was recently honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Vermont Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies at the Sheraton in South Burlington.Becker is a senior at VTC who will earn his B.S. in architectural engineering technology this May. He has been working for Dufresne-Henry as a computer-aided design and drafting, or CADD, technician since 2000, when he completed a B.A. in visual arts at Marlboro College. He currently lives in Brattleboro but grew up in Springfield.Dufresne-Henry is an engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental sciences firm committed to improving the places in which we live, work and play. The company serves its clients from 16 offices throughout the Northeast and Florida.
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The Organic Trade Association (OTA), which has called Greenfield, MA, home since 1990, today is celebrating the upcoming move of its headquarters to the Graduate Center building in downtown Brattleboro planned for later this fall.“This move by the Organic Trade Association to Vermont is a testament to the importance of organic agriculture in our state and the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit found here. I have long worked with the Organic Trade Association in Washington on organic policy matters and am delighted it has chosen Vermont as its home base and to bring these jobs to Brattleboro,” said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy, now the second most senior member of the U.S. Senate, often is called the ‘father of organic’ because as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee he wrote and passed the Organic Foods Production Act as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. In 2009 he was the first recipient of OTA’s Public Servant Award that recognizes individuals in government who have played key roles in organic agriculture and trade policies.“Marlboro College Graduate Center’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Brattleboro will provide a nice complement to OTA’s Washington, DC, office,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. She added, “It is exciting to be moving to Vermont, well respected for its interest and support for organic agriculture, sustainability, and green initiatives, particularly at this time when OTA is marking its 25th anniversary, and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Organic Foods Production Act.”In fact, despite its size, Vermont is among the leaders of organic agriculture in the United States. According to the 2008 Organic Production Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Vermont ranked tenth of all the states in the amount of organic farms. Meanwhile, its farms’ 2008 organic sales, at nearly $73 million, placed Vermont in eighth position in organic sales by state.The Vermont Economic Progress Council has approved up to $86,300 in Vermont Employment Growth Incentives to enable OTA to move its operations, including membership acquisition and retention, public relations, marketing, regulatory review and tracking, support services for legislative activities and administration of USDA and other grants, to Vermont instead of remaining in Massachusetts or consolidating these operations in Washington, D.C.The Graduate Center building already houses a USDA service center serving all of Windham County. That office includes the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, and Windham County Conservation District.The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the non-profit membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America whose mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy (www.ota.com(link is external)). OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber and textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop.Source: OTA. BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (Sept. 3, 2010)—
The top renewable energy integrator in the northeast United States, Alteris Renewables, Inc., has introduced new financing options available to homeowners throughout the region that offer solar power systems with no money down. As the first renewable energy integrator to offer residential customers in Vermont and eight other states the opportunity to install high quality solar power systems with no money down, Alteris is committed to bringing reliable, sustainable power to the masses.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (USEIA), while solar energy use is on the rise in the United States, it still makes up only 1% of total energy produced. Cost is often cited as one of the key reasons U.S. consumers are resistant to embracing renewable energy. ‘It is more affordable than ever for homeowners to go green with solar power,’ said Ron French, President of Alteris Renewables, ‘By having finance options that allow residential customers to take advantage of state and federal incentives without a significant cash outlay, we are eliminating cost as a hurdle for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their dependence on fossil fuels.’Mr. French points out that the company passionately believes that expanding the use of clean and renewable energy will help build our economy, and create a better, more sustainable lifestyle for us all. “Imagine how significant the impact will be as more homeowners embrace clean energy. If less than one percent of the homes in Alteris’ home market took advantage of the Zero Down Solar programs to install solar systems, it would be the equivalent of planting more than 135 million trees.’Source: Alteris Renewables, Inc. Montpelier, VT, September 21, 2010 Alteris Renewables is the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, with more than 25 megawatts installed for over 3,000 customers over the past 30 years and more than a dozen offices across seven states, including two in Vermont. Alteris provides solar electric (photovoltaic or PV), solar thermal, and wind energy solutions for commercial, residential, education, government and institutional clients. The company has industry-leading expertise in engineering, design, project management, performance analysis, project financing and renewable energy credit programs. For more information visit: www.alterisinc.com(link is external)
Capacitor Design Network, a full service graphic design company, whose principal Josh Brown is located in Hinesburg, Vermont, recently designed a new website for Los Angeles based Houndstooth Radio. The URL is http://www.houndstoothradio.com/(link is external)The site is run by Kurt St. Thomas who is an award winning filmmaker, author, and disc jockey. He can currently be heard on the airwaves of 106.7 KROQ in Los Angeles, CA.He worked at the radio station WFNX in Boston from 1987 to 1995 as Production Director, Music Director, and ultimately as Program Director. At 7pm on August 29, 1991, St. Thomas over the WFNX airwaves gave Nirvana’s album Nevermind its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish. The album Nevermind went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US and 26 million copies worldwide. St. Thomas co-authored a book on Nirvana entitled The Chosen Rejects published by St. Martin’s Press of which Capacitor created the jacket design.On January 29, 2008 St. Thomas launched Houndstooth Radio an internet radio station that broadcasts from the garage of his house in Los Angeles. The station features mostly new independent artists. Houndstooth is ranked in the top 200 out of 18,000 of online radio stations (in terms of listenership) listed on live365.com which is one of the main service providers.
The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has teamed up with Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program to offer Green Generalist Online training, an interactive and educational online course that provides awareness of the key environmental issues facing companies and ways to redesign their business practices using environmentally friendly techniques. The Green Generalist Online workshop is appropriate for the entire workforce and all business sectors.Green Generalist Online has seven sections, seven tests, and three interactive simulations. It takes up to four hours to complete. The cost is $175 per person using a special ‘Discount Code’ available through the VMEC website. A Green Generalist Certificate is also available from Purdue TAP upon course completion. Registration is possible through the VMEC website at www.vmec.org(link is external) or www.vmec.org/online-courses(link is external).According to VMEC Director and CEO Bob Zider, ‘Wherever possible, it’s important that manufacturers continue to reduce and manage their energy and raw material use, reduce waste by-products of production, and integrate environmental best practices into company operations and product development. Investing in training, technologies, production methods and business processes that create resource and cost savings is essential to maximize competitive advantage and market share.’ The new Green Generalist Online training complements a full-day Principles of Green 101 workshop that VMEC introduced last year and is now periodically offered around Vermont. At a reasonable cost, the shorter Green Generalist Online course developed by Purdue University provides students with flexibility to learn on their schedule and at their pace, with 24/7 accessibility from any computer location having internet access. To learn more about the Green Generalist Online workshop, visit www.vmec.org(link is external) or call VMEC at 802-728-1432. About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt innovative new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness. 3.25.2011
WCAX-TV,This weekend, WCAX-TV News was awarded a New England Emmy for its series ‘Mission Afghanistan.’ Reporter and Evening News Anchor Darren Perron and photographer Lance MacKenzie accepted the award at the 34th annual Emmy Awards Ceremony on Saturday in Boston. Last summer, Perron and MacKenzie followed members of the Vermont National Guard in Afghanistan, showcasing the mission of the Green Mountain Boys. The deployment to Afghanistan of more than 1500 soldiers was the largest mission for the Vermont National Guard since World War II. ‘This deployment had an enormous impact on Vermont; it was a sacrifice for our soldiers and for their families,’ said Perron.Mackenzie called it ‘an honor to receive the award,’ saying he was ‘proud to be a Vermonter.’‘WCAX-TV News will continue telling the stories of the soldiers and their families’ said News Director Anson Tebbetts. ‘While the mission may be finished in Afghanistan, there are many stories to tell about these veterans and their families as they transition back into the workplace and home, ‘said Tebbetts.The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the premier and most recognized non-profit group dedicated to the advancement of excellence in television.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.