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Rutland Herald and Times Argus Weigh in on Exit 4 Development

The Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus recently published a powerful editorial about the large, sprawling development proposed for the I-89 interchange at Exit 4 in Randolph. The editorial offers a broad and useful perspective on the issue by underscoring the big, varied, and important reasons we need to be extremely careful about how we develop land in Vermont – reasons that extend well beyond Randolph’s and even Vermont’s borders. The editorial, which ran October 1, captures all the reasons ­­– economic, aesthetic, even cultural – that this proposal is not good for the state.

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival Moved to Spring 2016

Please note that the Wild and Scenic Film Festival has been rescheduled to the Spring of 2016. We’ll be announcing more details this winter.


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VNRC Seeks Energy Program Associate, Membership Associate

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking an Energy Program Community Outreach Associate and a Membership Associate to join our team in Montpelier. The Energy Program Community Outreach Associate will help enhance public understanding of the value of reducing fossil fuel use and to motivate responses to address the challenge.  (This is a full-time, one year position with extension possible.) Read the job description and directions to apply here. The Membership Associate will assist VNRC’s development staff to manage and upgrade our membership data-base and related membership outreach and development. Read the job description and directions to apply here.

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Brian Shupe: Exit 4 Project Should be Denied

In a recently-published op-ed that appeared in the Rutland Herald and Barre- Montpelier Times Argus, VNRC’s executive director Brian Shupe argues that a proposed sprawling development at the Exit 4 Interstate-89 interchange should be denied.

“In this case, the impact on some of Vermont’s best farmland — land that is in high demand for farming in Randolph — and the negative impact on downtown Randolph are too great,” he writes in part.

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Ellen Kahler to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this month for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends. She will receive the award at the 2015 VNRC annual meeting on Thursday, September 24th in Waitsfield.


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Vermont Interfaith Power and Light Conference

Leading Action on Climate!

Vermont Interfaith Power and Light 2015 Conference
Christ Episcopal Church,
64 State Street, Montpelier

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:30 – 3:30

Keynote Speaker: Tim DeChristopher
Climate Activist, Harvard Divinity School Student

Workshops on:
• Congregations divesting from fossil fuel companies
• Energy Independent Vermont campaign for a carbon pollution tax
• Faith leaders – clergy & lay – stepping up as climate leaders
• Lake Champlain – building a culture of clean water

Also includes: catered lunch; sponsors’ displays; book table, and music

Special thanks to our primary sponsors: Building Energy; Efficiency Vermont; The Nature Conservancy; The Preservation Trust of Vermont; VNRC; VPIRG; and VSECU

Register in advance – registration form on the website:

VT Interfaith Power and Light, P.O. Box 209, Richmond, VT 05477
Contact: VTIPL Coordinator, Betsy Hardy, 802-434-3397 or

Start Date: October 17 @ 9:30 am
End Date: October 17 @ 3:30 pm

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October 2014 E-News

Wildlife Double Whammy: Fragmentation of Large Forest Blocks, Climate Change, Pose Threats; Vermont Conservation Voters Scores, Endorses, Lawmakers As Election Day Approaches; Vermonters Urged to Button Up Homes this Saturday to Save Energy, Cash and Climate Pollution; In the Woods: Mammal Tracks and Scat Guide Written by Vermont Forester is Now for Sale; AVCC Annual Meeting/Conservation Summit is this Saturday, November 1, in Montpelier; National Supermarket Chain Whole Foods Now Rating Produce for Environmental Impact

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September 2014 E-News

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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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