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Gov. Signs H.35, the Clean Water Bill

Gov. Shumlin today signed H.35, a bill that sets the state on a course to clean up Lake Champlain and other lakes and rivers.  The bill is a solid advance in water policy but will require extensive follow-through to implement. “You don’t clean up polluted water overnight, but you’ve got to begin somewhere and H.35 offers a solid plan for action,” said VNRCs water program director Kim Greenwood. “Passing this law was a good first step, but a whole lot of work remains to actually implement it. We at VNRC are in this for the long haul, and we look forward to working with the businesses, farmers, municipalities and others that are celebrating today to tackle the really tough work that remains,” Greenwood said.

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Gov. Shumlin Signs Energy Bill to Boost Renewables, Create Jobs, Pull Back on Fossil Fuel Use

Gov. Shumlin recently signed a broad renewable energy bill – one of VNRC’s 2015 legislative priorities – that will require electric utilities get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources, with amounts ramping up over time. The legislation, which is expected to create some 1,000 new jobs, also specifically encourages the creation of more community-scale, distributed electricity generation. The bill also has an innovative provision to help energy customers move off of fossil fuels through building weatherization, promoting efficient wood heat and cold-climate heat pumps, and increasing transportation efficiency.

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VNRC, CLF and Citizens Aim to Protect Productive Farmland, Stem Sprawl at Randolph Interstate Exit

VNRC and other groups  are working alongside local residents to stem a massive proposed development at the Randolph exit (Exit 4) off I-89. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) filed paperwork today seeking to participate in the Act 250 proceeding that will review the project. The proposed development would destroy important farmland and fails to comply with the town and regional plans. This case is an important test for the ability of Act 250 to protect valuable farm resources. Click “Read more” for our press release.

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Legislature Approves Several VNRC Priorities

If you like clean water, want a modern energy system, and you care about Vermont’s forests, you should be very pleased with this year’s legislative results. This year featured the passage of a sweeping water cleanup bill, a measure to support more renewable energy and energy efficiency and legislation designed to support forests and farmland.  “Overall, it was a very productive session from our perspective,” said Brian Shupe, VNRC’s executive director. “We are pleased. Lawmakers made solid gains in a variety of areas and we look forward to working with other organizations, state officials and others to follow up, and implement these important initiatives.” Please stay tuned for further updates.

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ANR Unveils New Report on Forest Fragmentation

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder recently released a new report to the legislature that highlights the troubling fragmentation of Vermont’s forests and makes recommendations for how to protect their integrity.  Also recently, sixty diverse organizations and individuals representing conservation, forestry, and recreation interests delivered a sign-on letter to lawmakers in support of Vermont’s forests. Click below for more information.

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Comprehensive Energy Plan Public Forum – Woodstock

Vermont Public Service Department to Update the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
July Forums Intended to Solicit Public Input on Vermont’s Energy Future

Montpelier ¬– The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

“In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the PSD’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.

The state plan, which was last updated in 2011, will also incorporate some of the findings of the Total Energy Study, completed by the PSD last year. One of the PSD’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The PSD will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in advancing our renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, while keeping energy costs stable and low, and there is still more progress to be made,” said PSD Commissioner Christopher Recchia.

The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations for the regional forums include:
• July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
• July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
• July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
• July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

The events are co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Public Service, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Bennington Regional Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network.

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or jmiller@vnrc.org.

Start Date: July 9 @ 5:30 pm
End Date: July 9 @ 8:00 pm

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Comprehensive Energy Plan Public Forum – Middlebury

Vermont Public Service Department to Update the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
July Forums Intended to Solicit Public Input on Vermont’s Energy Future

Montpelier ¬– The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

“In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the PSD’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.

The state plan, which was last updated in 2011, will also incorporate some of the findings of the Total Energy Study, completed by the PSD last year. One of the PSD’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The PSD will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in advancing our renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, while keeping energy costs stable and low, and there is still more progress to be made,” said PSD Commissioner Christopher Recchia.

The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations for the regional forums include:
• July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
• July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
• July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
• July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

The events are co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Public Service, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Bennington Regional Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network.

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or jmiller@vnrc.org.

Start Date: July 16 @ 5:30 pm
End Date: July 16 @ 8:00 pm

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Comprehensive Energy Plan Forums – Manchester

Vermont Public Service Department to Update the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
July Forums Intended to Solicit Public Input on Vermont’s Energy Future

Montpelier ¬– The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

“In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the PSD’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.

The state plan, which was last updated in 2011, will also incorporate some of the findings of the Total Energy Study, completed by the PSD last year. One of the PSD’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The PSD will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in advancing our renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, while keeping energy costs stable and low, and there is still more progress to be made,” said PSD Commissioner Christopher Recchia.

The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations for the regional forums include:
• July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
• July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
• July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
• July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

The events are co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Public Service, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Bennington Regional Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network.

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or jmiller@vnrc.org.

Start Date: July 20 @ 5:30 pm
End Date: July 20 @ 8:00 pm

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Comprehensive Energy Plan Forums – St. Albans

Vermont Public Service Department to Update the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
July Forums Intended to Solicit Public Input on Vermont’s Energy Future

Montpelier ¬– The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.

“In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the PSD’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.

The state plan, which was last updated in 2011, will also incorporate some of the findings of the Total Energy Study, completed by the PSD last year. One of the PSD’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The PSD will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in advancing our renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, while keeping energy costs stable and low, and there is still more progress to be made,” said PSD Commissioner Christopher Recchia.

The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations for the regional forums include:
• July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
• July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
• July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
• July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

The events are co-hosted by the Vermont Department of Public Service, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Bennington Regional Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network.

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or jmiller@vnrc.org.

Start Date: July 23 @ 5:30 pm
End Date: July 23 @ 8:00 pm

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3rd Annual Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium

Making and Being the Change We Need – Faith-driven climate leadership from the boats, the banks, and the grassroots.

Start Date: August 8 @ 8:00 am
End Date: September 9 @ 5:00 pm

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August 2014 E-News

Fall (yes, it’s on its way) is one of our favorite times of year, for lots of reasons. Fall is a time when we celebrate VNRC, our members, and some of Vermont’s environmental leaders at our Annual Meeting. This year, it’s set for September 18 at the Old Lantern Barn in Charlotte. Please join us!

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