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Jamey Fidel on Vermont Edition: Vermont’s Forest Health

VNRC’s Forest and Wildlife Program Director, Jamey Fidel, spoke on VPR’s Vermont Edition on July 24, 2017 about some of the challenges facing Vermont’s forests. The program explored declines in the forest product markets, changing demographics, and the increasing fragmentation of Vermont’s forests. Jamey spoke about efforts underway to address fragmentation, including H.233, a bill that would update Act 250 to ensure that large subdivisions minimize the effects of fragmentation. Jamey also spoke about the role of municipal planning and working with communities to maintain intact forests and wildlife habitat. If you are interested in learning about the diverse tools that are available to help at the local level please check out VNRC’s Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action.

VNRC’s Johanna Miller to serve on Governor Scott’s Climate Change Commission

Today, Governor Phil Scott will sign an Executive Order creating the Climate Action Commission. With a focus on affordability and the economy, the Commission will identify steps Vermont must take to achieve our renewable energy and greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals.

VNRC is excited to announce that Johanna Miller, VNRC’s Energy & Climate Program Director, will serve on the Commission.

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Smart Growth Summit 2017

On June 16, 2017, VNRC and AARP VT partnered to host the Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. More than 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont gathered to share their insights and learn together during a dynamic and interactive summit aimed at addressing a host of community development challenges and opportunities.

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Seeking ‘Community Energy & Climate Action Coordinator’ AmeriCorps Member

Do you care about clean energy and climate change? Want to help shape Vermont’s energy future?

Vermont Natural Resource Council, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps, has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to work with diverse stakeholders to help transition Vermont communities toward energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy.

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The President’s FY18 Budget: What it Means for Climate, Renewable Energy, and Air Quality

In May 2017, the White House released its full budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The budget proposes severe cuts to programs meant to restore America’s public health, protect our wild places and natural resources, and to climate and renewable energy programming. VNRC believes this proposed budget to be harmful not only to the health and wellbeing of Americans, but to our country’s economic and climate security as well. The National Wildlife Federation released a Budget Fact Sheet – climate air energy FY18 that details what the proposed cuts could mean for climate, renewable energy, and air quality in the U.S.

#ActOnClimate

Join us as we work to ensure every Vermonter benefits from clean energy solutions. Each of us has a unique role to play, but together, we can help Vermont achieve a carbon pollution-free future.

Throughout 2017 these organizations (and many others!) are going to be out in Vermont communities bringing people together to push for bold climate action right here in our state.

Together, we will advocate for Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont General Assembly to take action in 2018 by:

  • Outlining a plan for meeting the greenhouse gas reduction commitments of the Paris Climate Accords and Vermont’s own climate change goals.
  • Putting Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan goal – a 90 percent renewable energy portfolio by 2050 – into law.
  • Turning the challenge of climate change into tax relief and economic opportunity for all by putting a price on carbon pollution.

Learn more by following the hashtag: #ActOnClimateVT – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and wherever you’re online.

Join the conversation by using #ActOnClimateVT when you take action, meet with a legislator, or attend an event.

Finally — use this calendar to check out all #ActOnClimateVT events happening throughout the summer and fall.

Start Date: July 18 @ 8:00 am
End Date: September 30 @ 5:00 pm

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The Economic Opportunity of Climate Action

Join VNRC and VBSR at Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT for a panel discussion about the economic benefits of climate action. #ActOnClimateVT

Start Date: August 24 @ 5:30 pm
End Date: August 24 @ 7:30 pm

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cc:econ Catalysts of the Climate Economy

Join us at the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s cc:econ Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit – a three-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. The event aims to accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change.

Start Date: September 6 @ 8:00 am
End Date: September 8 @ 5:00 pm

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Conservation Into the Future – 2017 AVCC Conservation Summit

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions’ annual Conservation Summit will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Common Ground Center in Starksboro, VT. This year’s theme is “Conservation into the Future” and the all-day conference will feature presentations, trainings, and networking essential to Vermont’s conservation community. The event doubles as the annual meeting for AVCC and is open to the public – we welcome current conservation commissioners, community volunteers, and those interested in becoming more involved in conservation work within their community. Our keynote speaker will be Allan Thompson, Northern Stewards Consulting and Waterbury Conservation Commission, who will speak about work focused on the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Crossing and the innovative partnerships, scientific inquiry, and implementation efforts to maintain wildlife connectivity. Other sessions include Economics of Conservation, Wetlands of VT, a panel on youth engagement & recruitment, Climate Smart Conservation, Vermont Conservation Design, and the Agency of Natural Resources’ NR2 Caring for Natural Resources Taking Action in Your Community training. Register today: http://vtconservation.com/conservation_summit/

Start Date: September 23 @ 8:30 am
End Date: September 23 @ 3:30 pm

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July 2017

Headlines: Fond Farewells and Looking Forward; Staying Connected: Connecting People & Nature; VRC Calls on Governor Scott to Step Up on Climate; Exit 4 Milestone: Preservation Trust of Vermont Officially Takes Ownership; VCV Update: Reflecting on Vermont’s Legislative Session and Next Steps; Let Them Flow Wild and Free: #freeVTrivers; Seeking Community Energy & Climate Action Coordinator AmeriCorps Member; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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June 2017

Headlines: We did it – Exit 4 Land Conserved; Smart Growth Summit a Success; Court Rules in VNRC’s Favor in Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Appeal; VNRC and Northern Forest Center Receive Working Lands Grant; Business, Low income & Environment Groups Ask Gov. Scott for Strong Action on Climate Change; VNRC Staff Provide Important Training for Vermont Attorneys; Welcome to Amber Collett; Vermont News; Upcoming Events

 

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April 2017

Headlines: Big News at Exit 4; Clean Water Day; VNRC Files Petition to Designate LaPlatte River March a Class I Wetland; Annual Seward Weber Lecture, Related News on Old-Growth Forests; Submit Your Nominations for the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership; A Sad but Fond Farewell to Keil Corey; Lawmakers Announce Proposals for Tax Reform and Climate Action; Sears Appointed Smart Growth Rep on Vermont Downtown Development Board; Comprehensive Energy Planning Moves Forward; Vermont AG Donovan, Congressional Delegation Call Out Trump Climate Rollbacks; Vermont Leads Way to Keep Grid Dependable as Renewables Boom.

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March 2017

Headlines: Legislative update; Departing Staff and Seeking Communications Director; VNRC Questions Agency on Black Gum Swamp; VNRC Joins Sen Leahy to Call Out Cuts to EPA; New Vermont Energy Case Studies on Community Energy Dashboard; ecoNews Vermont; Clean Water Day; Youth Climate Lobby Day; LEAP Energy Fair; People’s Climate March.

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February 2017

Headlines: Dam Safety in Spotlight in Vermont; Helping Forest Landowners; Webinar on Climate Action Without Washington; Lawmakers Working to Address Threats of Toxic Chemicals; What Dismantling the EPA Means for Vermont; UVM Leading Project to Improve Electric Grid’s Uptake of Renewables; Seward Weber Lecture; Opportunity to Support Renewable Energy at Event; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Community Writing Workshops; Vermont’s Delegation Continues to Lead on Environmental Issues; Conservative Case for a Price on Carbon Pollution

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