Governor announces 14 climate change grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program. All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.“It’s inspiring to see such strong grass-roots interest in energy efficiency and for doing Vermont’s part to combat climate change,” the Governor said.  “From Shrewsbury to Strafford, Vermonters are making improvements that will not only keep CO2 out of the air, but will also save individuals and taxpayers money.”In one project, Harwood Union High School is teaming up with Freeaire Refrigeration Systems of Warren to significantly reduce the cost and energy needed for the cafeteria’s refrigerators.Freeaire taps into the greatest source of refrigeration ever created: winter.  It uses cold outside air to cool a space, simply by using what nature has so kindly made available, to give the entire compressor system a winter vacation.  The high school expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 10.5 tons per year.Other projects include:Village of Essex Junction: $11,000 for a methane gas recapture system for the wastewater facility, which will provide heat and hot water for the facility. Annual emissions reduction – 9.5 tons.Town of Shrewsbury: $10,832 to upgrade and weatherize the town office and emergency shelter. Annual emissions reduction – 7 tons.Town of South Hero: $9,684 to replace the heating system, upgrade lighting and replace exterior doors at the town office building. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Town of Underhill: $12,000 seal and insulate the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 11.5 tons.Plainfield Fire & Rescue: $12,000 to weatherize the 1854 squad building. Annual emissions reduction – 10 tons.Lamoille Union School District: $12,000 to install photovoltaic panels to power the storage garage for the cross country trails.  Career center students will build the structure and net metering will generate credits for the campus. Annual emissions reduction – 2 tons.Richford Town School District: $12,000 to replace lighting at the high school gym. Annual emissions reduction – 16 tons.Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Warren: $11,850 to install a solar hot water system and create a demonstration project. Annual emissions reduction – 3 tons.Leicester School District: $8204 for lighting upgrades. Annual emissions reduction – 4 tons.Town of Moretown: $12,000 for weatherization and lighting upgrades at the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 6 tons.Town of Waitsfield: $6515 to insulate and weatherize the Joslin Library. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Worcester Historical Society: $9753 to weatherize and insulate the building. Annual emissions reduction – 2.5 tons.United Church of Strafford: $11,810 to install energy efficient lighting and weatherize the parish hall, including “the Ark,” an outdoor playground structure which doubles as a mini-stage for performances. Annual emissions reduction – 4.5 tons. Source: Governor’s office. 9/4/2009last_img read more

WanderLove Is Calling You to Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VA

first_imgEnjoy a post adventure drink at one of the 35 wineries in the area. They are the perfect spot to sit back in wide-open spaces and take in the views while sipping your favorite Virginia wines. Indian Summer Guide Service offers horseback riding tours through seven of the vineyards, complete with knowledgeable guides and a tasting at the end. Visit IX Art Park to take a photo with the LOVE sculpture designed by two area artists. Stick around for live music or step into The Looking Glass for an interactive art museum experience. Or view the LOVEwork at the Shops at Stonefield before browsing the storefronts and dining at one of the many available options. Get the most out of your trip to Charlottesville with a multi-day stay at one of the area’s comfy lodging options. From upscale properties with a resort feel to chain hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and campgrounds, you’re sure to find a place that fits your getaway style. Go Outside and Play You’ll need to keep your energy up for a full day of outdoor fun. Stop at Crozet Pizza, named best pizza in the world by National Geographic, for a taste of their epic homemade dough and sauce. Bodo’s Bagels serves up some legendary bagels that lure visitors back time and time again. The historic pedestrian Downtown Mall offers plenty of al-fresco dining options and boutique shops. It’s also the perfect spot to go for a post meal walk during this time of year. Starting at Kemper Park with an arboretum of native flora, the Saunders-Monticello Trail winds two miles through hardwood forests and deep ravines to the visitor center at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The path is open for hikers, cyclists, and those in a wheelchair. Or walk the new Highland Rustic Trails at James Monroe’s home for views of the historic property and working farm. Parks in the area, including Walnut Creek, Riverview, and Ragged Mountain Natural Area, provide a variety of walking, running, and biking trails.  Half an hour from city limits, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park meet for endless hiking and sightseeing. October is peak season for enjoying the fall colors from the trails or the winding country roads. Take your pick of hikes featuring waterfalls and stream crossings or panoramic views of the region. Although it’s a steep and strenuous climb, the views from the top of Humpback Rocks are worth it. WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience peaceful rivers, relaxing wineries, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip through Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va. Relax and Unwind Several outfitters offer hot air balloon rides for a thrilling float above the area. Fall is the perfect time to take in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the changing leaves from the air. LOVEworks Fuel Up The greater Charlottesville area offers outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds a place to get outside, from city and national parks to two nearby rivers.  At the southern border of the county, the James River passes by Scottsville for rafting and floating trips. Or you can head out for a day of excellent smallmouth bass fishing. A mile from downtown, enjoy a scenic float through the area on the Rivanna River. Both rivers are serviced by outfitters if you need to rent a boat for a few hours. Hidden Gems Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just a short drive from our nation’s capital, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful vistas and endless outdoor adventures. After a day soaking up the sun, kick back at one of the unique culinary and spirit experiences in the area. Discover the best spots to play, eat, and stay in this guide to Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va. Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside. last_img read more

New, like new or newly renovated, check out Brisbane’s latest hot property listings

first_img58 Newmarket St, Hendra. Picture: realestate.com.auNEW, like new or newly renovated, check out Brisbane’s latest hot property listings.If it is Hamptons’ style you are after this home at 58 Newmarket St, Hendra has it.The newly built home has five bedrooms three bathrooms and a large kitchen off the living and dining area.The bedrooms are upstairs where there is also an entertainment zone.The master bedroom has an ensuite with separate “wash stations’’ and an extra large shower. There is a swimming pool and landscaped gardens as well.At 40 Fanny St, Annerley an offer in the mid to high $800,000s will secure you this four-bedroom, four-bathroom house.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago40 Fanny St, Annerley. Picture: realestate.com.auThe fully restored Queenslander has views of Mt Cootha.Inside the kitchen has been done up with 40mm stone benches, SMEG gas cooktop and appliances.Despite the restoration it still retains original character through stained glass features, VJ walls, feature arches and original floors.This home at 283 Rode Rd, Wavell Heights is described at industrial chic meets contemporary class. 283 Rode Rd, Wavell Heights. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has five bedrooms and uses recycled bricks and cool metal tones to give a contemporary feel.The home has an additional pod at the front complete with a chef’s kitchen, ensuite and sweeping city views.last_img read more