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Irene’s Anniversary and Vermont’s Resilience

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the catastrophic flooding that is devastating Louisiana is the eighth “once-every-500-year weather event” to strike the United States in the past 15 months.

As we approach the five-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene – the most recent 500-year storm to strike Vermont – it is an appropriate time to take stock of the progress that Vermont has made in preparing for similar storm events in the future. And, we need to be honest that more progress is critically needed.


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VNRC Recommendations for Vermont’s New Energy Planning Framework

Working with legislators this session, VNRC, our partners, and activists succeeded in passing S.230 – now Act 174 – to continue the state’s efforts to help combat climate change and meet our renewable energy goals in ways that work better for communities. Specifically, Act 174 creates a new, enhanced planning framework that empowers regions and towns to submit a local energy plan that outlines steps to meet the state’s renewable energy goals and receive “substantial deference” in regulatory proceedings on energy projects before the Public Service Board.

Right now, the Department of Public Service is now seeking public input to help inform their recommendations for regional and local energy planning standards.


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VNRC/VECAN Seeking Energy and Climate Action AmeriCorps Member

Do you want to work with diverse stakeholders and local leaders to help Vermont transition to a clean energy future? What about someone you know? The Vermont Natural Resources Council, coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with interest and expertise in community outreach, communications and clean energy. This position will support VECAN’s work in particular to inform, mobilize and strengthen the work of solutions-oriented, grassroots energy committees in Vermont.



Four Environmental Groups Formally Oppose the Licensing of Swanton Dam as a Hydroelectric Facility

July 18th, 2016–Today, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Lake Champlain International (LCI) and Trout Unlimited (TU), formally lodged their objection to the licensing of the Swanton Dam as a hydroelectric facility, citing the dam’s significant impact on fisheries and water quality.


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VNRC Comments on Licensing of Swanton Dam as a Hydroelectric Facility

These comments were to the United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionon July 18th, 2016.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council, Lake Champlain International, Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Council of Trout Unlimited herein file comments on the Application for a Preliminary Permit (Application) for the Lower Swanton Dam Hydroelectric Project (Project), as filed for in the above proceeding and noticed by the Commission on May 17, 2016.

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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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May 2016

Headlines: VNRC and Partners Launch FreeVtRivers.org to Highlight Benefits of Dam Removal; Vermont Gubernatorial Debate on Environmental Issues; Staying Connected Initiative Video; VNRC Weighs in on Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Protection Rules; VNRC Talks Smart Growth at Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Meeting; VNRC Sees Pros and Cons of State Dam Ownership; Trainings Continue to Help Landowners Conserve Forests; VNRC Meets with Jay Peak, State to Improve Water Quality at Resort; Opportunity to Weigh in on Farming Practices for Clean Water; Join the Vermont Climate Economy Partnership; Vermont Youth Lobby Day; Bike Service Now Available on Vermont Amtrak; Vermonters Now Storing Renewable Energy at Home; World Bank, IMF Call for Price on Carbon Pollution;

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April 2016

Headlines: Spring VER; Groundwater Contamination in Vermont; Net Metering Update; Pricing Carbon Pollution; Oil Trains and Lake Champlain; VNRC and VHCB AmeriCorps member Ben Civiletti; VNRC Benefit Bake; Art Gibb Nominations; Wild & Scenic Recap; Dam News; AARP Downtown Revitalization Grant; Resilient Vermont Conference; Exxon Trial Presentation at Vermont Law School; Peabody Energy Goes Bankrupt.

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March 2016

Headlines: Groveman and Naughton Join VNRC Staff; Developer Withdraws Exit 4 Proposal in Randolph; Stewarding Vermont’s Forests; VNRC’s Shupe to Receive Highest Honor for Planning Professionals; Moving Beyond Conflict; Nation’s Greenest Federal Delegation; Wild & Scenic Silent Auction; Art Gibb Nominations; Working Lands Report; State Released Planning Manual Update; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Cultivating ClimateReslience Summit.

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January/February 2015

Headlines: Huber and Hayes join VNRC Staff; AVCC Success Stories; VECAN Conference Recap; Stewarding Vermont’s Forest Resources; McCarthy to Present at Burlington Business Summit; VCV Releases 2016 Vermont Environmental Scorecard; New Interactive Mapping Tool to Help Forest Stewardship’ East Montpelier Adopts Groundwater Protections; Vermonters Become Energy Independent; DamNation on the Road; Vermont Climate Economy Summit; Symposium on the Future of Vermont’s Pollinators; Proof that a Carbon Pollution Tax Works.

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