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Local Leadership, Local Action: Partnering to Get to 90 by 2050

Don’t miss VECAN’s 9th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference, which takes place Saturday, December 3rd at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. This is a can’t-miss event with a theme this year focused on Local Leadership, Local Action: Partnering to Get to 90 by 2050 and a stellar keynote – Soren Hermansen from the 100 percent renewably powered island of Samso, Denmark.


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Landmark Decision on Land Use

By Brian Shupe

A recent decision of the Vermont Supreme Court made news by effectively stopping a proposed development at Interstate 89’s Exit 1 in the town of Hartford. But there is much more to the story than a single court decision affecting an individual development proposal.

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Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Can Bring Environmental Benefits

By Brian Shupe

Environmental advocacy organizations aren’t typically known for standing up for development projects, so it surprised some when the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) spoke favorably about the redevelopment concept for the Burlington Town Center.

VNRC has a long history of promoting community planning, downtown revitalization, and the protection of the state’s working lands and natural areas. This has included recognizing the value of dozens of smart growth projects over the years and the environmental benefits they provide.


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Big Victory for Regional Planning, Act 250

The Vermont Supreme Court issued a decision today overturning a Vermont Environmental Court decision that approved a large, multi-use development project adjacent to I-89’s Exit 1 in Hartford.   The Environmental Court approved the project on appeal after the District 3 Environmental Commission denied the project, finding that it did not conform to the Regional Plan.


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VNRC, VTTU Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and the Vermont State Council of Trout Unlimited (VTTU) announced that they have filed a cross appeal in the on-going appeal of the water quality certificate issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to Morrisville Water and Light (MWL) for the operation of its Morrisville Hydroelectric facilities.
The facilities include four dams and three hydroelectric power plants on the Lamoille River, Elmore Brook and the Green River, the latter creating Green River Reservoir. MWL appealed the water quality certificate earlier this month, and in the media has cited concerns about the cost of complying with conditions of the certificate and the impact of the operating regime on energy generation, especially at the Green River facility.


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October 2016

Headlines: VNRC, VTTU Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydro Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation, VNRC, PTV Support Efforts to Block Proposed NewVista Development, Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Supports Smart Growth, Button Up Vermont Day November 12th, VCV Releases Endorsements, Interactive Scorecard, Act 174 Public Comments, South Burlington Landfill to Go Solar, Defunct Dams Still Damage Rivers, Staying Connected Initiative Receives Bi-National Support, Nations Reach Landmark Deal to Reduce Powerful Greenhouse Gas, Canada Announces Plans for a National Carbon Pollution Tax, Conservation Done the Vermont Way!, Racing Extinction at Vermont International Film Festival, Save the Date: VECAN Annual Conference on December 3rd.

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September 2016

Headlines: VNRC Active in Working Group to Maintain Forests, VNRC AmeriCorps Members Pass the Baton, Kulas Recognized with Arthur Gibb Award, Thanks to our Summer Help, VCV to Release Lawmaker Scorecard, Dam Removal in Randolph, VNRC Weighs in on Slate of Water Quality Issues, New Poll Finds Growing Support for National Carbon Pollution Tax, VNRC Supports Smart Growth Mall Redevelopment and Calls for Improvements, In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent of the Earth’s Wilderness, VNRC Annual Meeting, Events.

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Fifth Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene

Headlines: Progress on Safeguarding our Waters, Forests Play Key Role in Climate Resilience, VNRC Creates Natural Resources Course for Local Leaders, A Price on Carbon Pollution, Save the Date: VNRC Annual Meeting, Events.

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July 2016

Headlines: Vermont Forest Roundtable 10th Anniversary, Net Metering Rule Would Slow Progress, VNRC Intervenes in Swanton Dam FERC License Request, VNRC Continues Legacy of Mollie Beattie, Poll: Vermonters Support Action to Address Global Warming, Stronger Rules Neede to Address Farm Pollution, Addressing Threats to Vermont’s Groundwater, Buckley Appointed to Downtown Board as Smart Growth Rep, VEIC Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Hartford and VEIC: Energy Planning and Implementation Initiative, Events, Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Exxon Mobil Ramps up Support of Cabon Pollution Tax.

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June 2016

Headlines:  Gov Candidates Debate on Environmental Issues a Succes; First Annual Vermont Gives Day a Success; VNRC, VECAN Seeking AmeriCorps Member; Hooper Recognized by National Wildlife Federation; Energy Independent Vermont Webinar Series; Keeping Vermont Forest Strong; VNRC Monitors Proposed New Vista Project in Upper Valley; EPA Releases Lake Champlain Pollution Clean-up Plan; Rutland Solar Project Receives Accolades, National Interest; Stronger Water Quality Standards Needed on Farms; Vermont Leads Nation in Clean Energy Jobs; Conservation Funding Open to Forest Landowners in Connecticut River Watershed; Zero Energy Now Helps Homeowners Save Money.

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