VEC Annual Meeting and Holiday Party announced

On behalf of the VEC Board of Directors, you’re Invited to the VEC Holiday party and Annual meeting!

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 4-6pm at Rock Art Brewery on Historical 100 just off the new By-pass in Morrisville, Vermont! Matt from Rock Art will give us a tour of their 100 % Solar powered facility.

Join us for refreshments and networking! Cash bar.
4:00PM-4:30 PM-annual meeting business & election of officers;
4:30PM-6:00PM-Open house, tour, refreshments, and networking

ADDRESS:
632 Laporte R, Morrisville, VT 05661. http://www.rockartbrewery.com/
Election of officers and Board members will occur at this event. RSVP: Erin Lorentz, info@vectogether.org

We hope to see you there! 

VEC in Green Energy Times, October 2017 issue

Green Energy Times, October 2017 Issue

Regional Energy Organizations Lean into the Future with Long-term Goals

By Hope O’Shaughnessy
A number of regional New England organizations formed to address urgent environmental issues are expanding their mission to include access to renewable energy and sustainable communities. The Vermont Environmental Consortium (VEC) in Rutland, VT led by Miles E. Waite, PhD is another exemplar of energy and
environmental awareness in northern New England. One of the VEC’s signature efforts is to increase awareness of green careers. This fall they are sponsoring several career panels, which are free to members and non-members. The panels will be presented by VEC board members. Read full article here. 

VEC blog posts updated

VEC Monthly News Blog July 2016:
EPA Releases Final Phosphorus Limits for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain. View here.

VEC Monthly News Blog June 2016:
Why it Makes Sense to Conduct a Phase I ESA Before Leasing Commercial Property. View here.

VEC Monthly News Blog: May 2016:
VEC Members Collaborate To Support Disaster Resilience. View here. 

VEC Presents Career Panel at UVM, where will the next one be?

The Vermont Environmental Consortium (VEC) recently presented a panel discussion for University of Vermont students on opportunities in environmental careers for all potential majors and degree programs. The first of these discussions was hosted by UVM in the UVM Career + Experience Hub in Burlington. VEC has designed and is offering these panel discussions free of charge to Vermont universities and colleges to meet the educational outreach component of its mission. The panels will be comprised of VEC members with diverse professional backgrounds in Vermont’s environmental sector.

This program builds on the Vermont Green Careers Website, developed by VEC for the Vermont Department of Labor. A wide variety of “green jobs” and careers can be researched on the website, including: Environmental Protection; Green Building, Manufacturing & Transportation; Green Education & Research; and Energy Production. The website guides a visitor to job description, educational requirements, wages, job trends and projections, specific to each potential job or career choice. A video accompanies each section where people discuss that specific environmental career. The website can be found at: http://www.vermontgreencareers.org/ or under the “Projects” tab of VEC’s member website www.vectogether.org. Career related events will be posted under the News tab on the Green Careers website.

Vermont educational institutions interested in hosting a VEC career panel should contact Kurt Muller at (802) 229-4600 or JKM@jcomail.com to learn more. To hear more about the first panel hosted at UVM please contact; Anna Smiles-Becker, Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator for Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources / University of Vermont at Anna.Smiles-Becker@uvm.edu or 802- 656-3002. Read the full press release here.

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First panel hosted at UVM on March 15, 2016

Sponsorship open for 5th Annual Water Quality Conference

Vermont faces numerous water quality challenges attributable to human activity. Wastewater management, stormwater runoff from impervious surface associated with roads, homes and businesses, drainage from farm fields and logging roads, and historic hydrologic modification of our streams and rivers all impact current surface water conditions. Act 64, Vermont’s 2015 Clean Water Act, validated that healthy waters are essential to our economy, health, property values, recreation, fisheries and wildlife, and the Vermont brand. Vermont Environmental Consortium’s 5th annual Water Quality Conference will highlight the tremendous opportunity for innovation in water quality management by showcasing a wide-range of efforts currently underway in Vermont to protect, restore and enhance clean water.

Support the conference today with a sponsorship

Legislative Breakfast February 2016

The VEC is holding its Annual Legislative Breakfast on 2/5/16 to help kick off the conversation about green jobs and the environmental business sector during the legislative session. We hope you can join us at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier, VT from 7:45AM to 9:30AM. The event is free to those who attend.  Sponsor this event today for $100!

VEC to be involved in White + Burke’s Vermont Development Conference

VEC will be a Silver sponsor of White + Burke’s 2nd annual Vermont Development Conference on November 4, 2015 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. More than 275 development and real estate professionals will gather for a full day of networking, seminars, and workshops. VEC will be on site with a booth so please come by and visit us! Learn more at http://whiteandburke.com/vermont-development-conference.

VEC to hold 2015 Legislative Breakfast

The VEC is holding its Annual Legislative Breakfast to help kick off the conversation about green jobs and the environmental business sector during the legislative session.

Join us at the State House Cafeteria on Tuesday February 10, 2015 from 7:45AM to 9:30AM. The event is free to those who attend. 

VEC Postpones Fall Conference!

Designing a Closed Loop Community Postponed until Spring 2015
“Over-conferenced” this fall? Having a hard time deciding which conferences to attend?  Well, the VEC/ VTC partnership that planned to bring you the conference on “Designing a Closed Loop Community” this November 13 has decided to help you with that decision by postponing that conference until the spring and integrating it with VEC’s “4th Annual Water Quality Conference”. We are doing this because it has become clear to us that (1) anaerobic digestion and composting are important technologies that recycle carbon and other critical nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous that have such an impact on water quality; (2) the organics landfill ban of 2013 (Act 148) makes it critical for Vermont to increase implementation of these technologies along with broader application of nutrient management planning; (3) failure to manage the nutrients ‘liberated’ by the landfill organics ban could amplify Vermont’s water quality challenges; and, (4) EPA has given the State additional time to respond to its expectations about TMDL in Lake Champlain which brings that discussion, too, forward to this Spring.  Stay tuned for date and more details to come shortly.

VEC welcomes new Board Members!

The VEC would like to welcome New Board Members:

Kurt Muller, The Johnson Company

Amelia Coleman, UVM

Shaun Fielder, Vermont Rural Water Association

William “Scott” Buckley, EnPRO

The VEC would like to thank Matt Sayre, Sean Conley, & Pete Chiaravalle for their past service on the VEC Board of Directors!

VEC Legislative Breakfast Feb 4, 2014

The VEC is holding its Annual Legislative Breakfast to help kick off the conversation about green jobs and the environmental business sector during the legislative session.

State House Cafeteria
Tuesday February 4, 2014
7:45AM to 9:30AM
The event is free to those who attend.

Sponsor this event today!

Many thanks to current sponsors Community Investments, Vermont Rural Water Association, and Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc.