Month: January 2021

Scudder Parker Files for Governors Race

first_imgScudder Parker Files for Governors RaceMONTPELIER, Vt. Scudder Parker, a veteran public servant who grew up onhis familys Vermont dairy farm, emerged as the leading Democraticcandidate for governor on Thursday by filing to enter the 2006 campaign.Parker visited the Vermont Secretary of States office to submit papersofficially indicating his intention to run for governor. A formal campaignannouncement and kickoff will be scheduled in October.A former state senator who also worked for Democratic and Republicangovernors, Parker said his many years of public service and his vision forVermont qualify him to be the states next leader.August in Vermont is a time for family, swimming, baseball and fairs not necessarily politics, said Parker, 62, who lives in Montpelier withhis wife, Susan Sussman. But Vermonters should know that Im now at workpreparing an aggressive and successful campaign to become the effectiveand respectful governor our state deserves.Parker grew up on his familys farm in Danville, and helped manage thefarm s succession between generations after his father died in 1966. Heserved for more than two decades as a Congregational minister in CaledoniaCounty. As the first Democrat elected to the Vermont Senate from CaledoniaCounty in more than 60 years, Parker served eight years in the Senate,half of them in leadership as chair of the powerful Senate FinanceCommittee.Parker worked for 13 years in the administrations of Govs. MadeleineKunin, Richard Snelling and Howard Dean as the director of the EnergyEfficiency Division at the Public Service Department. In that role heprovided innovative leadership in the development of energy policies thathave saved Vermonters millions of dollars on their utility bills.Parkers most recent position was as the Public Policy Coordinator forVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, where he helped increase theparticipation of Vermont businesses in the legislative dialogue on energyand health care policy.Whether I was their minister, neighbor, senator or colleague, Vermonterswho know me recognize that Im independent and care deeply about people,Parker said. A successful leader respects and listens to those whoagree and those who dont.Parkers filing names Will Raap as his campaign treasurer. Raap is thefounder and chief executive officer of Gardeners Supply Company and theIntervale Foundation, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.Im honored to have Will serve as the treasurer of the campaign, Parkersaid. His business success is a powerful example of my own vision forVermonts economy. Here is an independent business that respects itsemployees, improves the environment and competes successfully in the worldeconomy.Vermonters have led our nation and the world in fighting for justice,caring for the land, building strong and resilient communities, anddemonstrating a unique blend of common sense and inventiveness. Myleadership will be informed by these traditions because they are both ourheritage and our hope, said Parker.-30-last_img read more

Vermont mapping software wins national EPA award

first_img# # # The other four winners of the EPA award are:Winner, Best Overall App:  Light Bulb Finder by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of EcoHatchery, Milwaukee, Wis.Winner, Best Student App:  EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C..Runner Up, Best Student App:  Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.Popular Choice Award:  CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J. Winners demonstrated their submissions at the Apps for the Environment forum Nov. 8 in Arlington, Va. The forum included panels on business, technology and government initiatives, breakout sessions by EPA’s program offices, upcoming developer challenges, and future directions about environmental applications. All contestants will retain intellectual property rights over their submissions, though winners agree that their submissions will be available on the EPA website for free use and download by the public for a period of one year following the announcement of the winners.More information about the winners and other submissions: http://appsfortheenvironment.challenge.gov/submissions(link is external)More information about EPA’s Apps for the Environment forum: http://www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment/forum.html(link is external)(Boston, Mass. ‘ November 9, 2011)  A computer mapping program that lets you calculate your carbon footprint and that was developed by a company in Shelburne, Vermont, was recently recognized in a national challenge by the US Environmental Protection Agency.Hootroot, developed by Brighter Planet, was given the overall runner-up award in EPA’s Apps for the Environment challenge, which encourages the development of innovative environmental applications.. The mapping program provides directions and carbon footprints for driving, transit, flight, and human-powered transportation options on any route.According to Brighter Planet’s website, Hootroot ‘helps you navigate efficiently from point A to point B’ and is powered by web services from Brighter Planet, Google Maps, and HopStop. Data for the footprint calculations comes from the EPA’s US Greenhouse Gas Inventory and eGRID database, as well as from other sources. As a web app, it requires no installation.Hootroot was one of five winners in EPA’s challenge, which aimed to engage the software developer community to create new and innovative uses of EPA’s data to address environmental and public health issues. Applications covered a range of topics such as local air quality, contaminants in fish, and games to learn environmental facts. “I am not at all surprised to see a Vermonter create such a useful and innovative application that will help people make good environmental decisions about their everyday actions,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “New England has a long history of smart, creative citizens who care about how to protect our environment and apply green thinking to their lifestyle. This is another link in that long chain.”‘We are witnessing a revolution in finding ways to harness massive amounts of data to empower individuals, companies and governments to make smarter decisions,’ said ‘Andy Rossmeissl, the lead designer on HootRoot. ‘The EPA has emerged as a leader in the push for opening government data and engaging the developer community in creating apps that are innovative as well as user-friendly. This competition really showcases these efforts and we are very honored to be among the winners.’last_img read more