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Randolph Exit 4 Act 250 Case Heats Up

A controversial plan to develop about 70 acres of agricultural soils at an interchange off I-89 in Randolph hit a high pitch this month with the region’s Act 250 district commission recently hearing arguments from various witnesses, including VNRC working in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  Several  media outlets including VPR covered a recent hearing. For more detail, you can read a summary of VNRC’c case by clicking “read more” below.

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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.

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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Water Works Fair

VNRC is partnering with The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center for the Water Works Fair on Sunday, August 8 from 10am-2pm to celebrate and learn about Lake Champlain. This event will observe the ecology and experiences of Vermont’s greatest natural resource with hands-on educational activities and fun for all ages. Experiential education provides the critical link to our lake and develops future stewards for its health and future generations. We hope to see you there! More information can be found at:

Start Date: August 9 @ 10:00 am
End Date: August 9 @ 2:00 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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