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VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe on Governor Scott’s Inaugural Address

“The Vermont Natural Resources Council commends Governor Phil Scott on the inclusive nature of his speech and willingness to work across party lines to achieve shared goals.


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VNRC Fills Bus to Women’s March on Washington

Our members, activists, and friends have told us loud and clear how concerned they are about the fate of the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other interconnected issues under the incoming Trump Administration. So we decided to do something about it by getting a bus and inviting friends and members to join us and hundreds of thousands of Americans expected in solidarity at the Women’s March on Washington later this month. We will also be celebrating the birthday of our colleague Nancy, who led the effort in organizing the bus as a way to celebrate the special day.

Executive Director Brian Shupe recently talked with Local 44 about why VNRC is going to the march. Watch the story here.

Within an hour of announcing open registration, we had filled the bus and now have a long waitlist. If you’re interested in going, there are still options to help you get there. Read more and find links about the options below.


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VNRC Applauds Reappointments of Commissioners Snyder, Porter


January 6, 2017 (more…)

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VNRC’s Jon Groveman on Our Nature

VNRC’s Jon Groveman and Sierra Club Vermont Chapter’s Rob Kidd discuss outlook for Vermont’s environment under new state leadership, priority environmental issues, and more on Our Nature with James Elhers on WDEV.

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VNRC Applauds Appointment of Katie Buckley to Head Department of Housing and Community Development

VNRC’s commends Governor Scott’s appointment of Katie Buckley to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. According VNRC’s Sustainable Communities Program Director Kate McCarthy, “Katie brings an understanding of all the benefits that smart growth can bring for communities, but even more importantly, from her work in her home community in Guilford and her service as the smart growth representative on the Downtown Board, she knows that it takes to get it done. We look forward to collaborating with her on smart growth approaches that support Vermont’s downtowns and villages.”

Read the news brief about Katie Buckley’s appointment to the Downtown Development Board here.

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Seward Weber Lecture: The Importance of Old-growth Forests

The Importance of Old-Growth Forests

Old-growth forests are an important part of our natural heritage in the Northeast, and allowing old growth to return to the landscape is integral to our efforts to improve the ecological integrity of the region. At this year’s Seward Weber Lecture, Tom Wessels, faculty emeritus at Antioch University New England and author of a number of books, including Reading the Forested Landscape, will discuss the importance of old-growth forests as a functional part of our regional landscape—one that is presently under-represented. Wessels will explore the role of old growth forests using the principle of self-organization and its relationship to ecological succession, as well as our current understanding of soils.


Start Date: January 26 @ 7:00 am
End Date: January 26 @ 8:00 pm

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Forests & Wildlife

December 2016

Headlines: VNRC Welcomes New Member to the Team, VECAN Conference Recap and Resources, Vermont Utilities to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use, Increase Energy Innovation, Addressing Small Box Sprawl, VNRC Joins Climate Economy Gorup, Federal Ethanol Mandate Destroys Wildlife Habitat, Impacts Climate, Vermont College Joins Carbon Neutrality Effort, Leriche: Housing Solutions Not So Simple, VNRC Board Member’s Maple Goes Interstellar.

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November 2016

Headlines: VCV Recaps Vermont Elections, What it Means for the Environment; Charting Vermont’s Energy Future at the Regional Level; Required Agricultural Practices Adopted; Working Group Expands Toxic Pollution Safeguards; Wetland Rules to be Updated; VECAN Conference.

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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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