VEC’s 2017 Accomplishments
With member support VEC :
- Held our first Networking Mixer at Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center! We plan to hold several a year for future and hope to see “old” and new faces at these events!
- Held VEC Annual Legislative Breakfast in Montpelier in February to help kick off the conversation about green jobs and the environmental business sector during the legislative session.
- Was included in the Green Energy Times article in the October 2017 Issue titled Regional Energy Organizations Lean into the Future with Long-term Goals, by Hope O’Shaughnessy.
- Continued to maintain the Vermont Green Careers Website, funded by the State of Vermont Department of Labor (DOL), providing information on starting or finding a career in the environmental business sector in Vermont (www.vermontgreencareers.org).
- Held two Environmental Career Panel Discussions at the University of Vermont, as well as Norwich University. The panels are comprised of VEC members with diverse professional backgrounds within Vermont’s environmental sector. The panels provide students with a better understanding of the different opportunities in the environmental field, learn firsthand how the career paths of prominent environmental professionals in Vermont have evolved, and give students advice on how best to market themselves to potential employers. We are always looking for additional educational institutions to host future panels so please reach out if this is of interest!
- Exhibited at the Vermont Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in May in Fairlee to update attendees on what VEC was currently working on.
- Held the VEC Spring Conference in partnership with the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) on May 25th, 2017 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. The conference was titled “Evolving Regulations and Emerging Contaminants”, and covered new and proposed regulations related to groundwater, contaminated and Brownfield properties, hazardous waste, aboveground storage tanks, as well as an update on Vermont’s testing and regulation of emerging contaminants, such as PFOA.
- Hired an independent consultant to critically review the VT DEC Background Soil Study.
- Met with VT DEC regulators, provided comments and feedback, and attended several hearings on the Urban Soil Management protocols and standards that are now formalized as Rules.
- Sponsored and exhibited at the White + Burke 4th Annual Vermont Development Conference in November. Several board directors and members were on the planning committee, as well as the speaker panels.
- Continued to provide the latest member information through Facebook, our member VEC website at www.vectogether.org, e-newsletter, and through LinkedIn.
Thank you to all that came out to our December 2017 holiday party and mixer at Rock Art Brewery!