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Environmental, Business and Farm Groups Call for Strong Action on Governor’s Inaugural Goals

A coalition of leading environmental, business, and farm organizations gathered at the Vermont State House January 14 to call on the legislature to move aggressively on the renewable energy and clean water goals laid out by the Governor in last week’s inaugural address. “The Governor was very clear, and we agree, that pursuing a clean energy agenda is a significant economic opportunity for Vermont, and pursuing an aggressive clean water agenda is an economic imperative for the state.,” said Brian Shupe, VNRC’s executive director. “We look forward to working with his administration, our partners, and the legislature to achieve our shared goals.”

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Gov. Shumlin Delivers Speech Promising Focus on Clean Energy, Water Quality

In his 2015 Inaugural Address, Gov. Peter Shumlin called for new and innovative incentives to add even more clean energy in Vermont and at the same time cut greenhouse gas emissions. He also announced a bold, new proposal – with specific policy ideas – for cleaning up Lake Champlain. Read his speech by clicking on “Read more” below.

 

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VNRC Water Caucus Meeting on January 15

The next VNRC Water Caucus meeting will be held in Montpelier at the Kellog-Hubbard Library on Thursday, January 15 at 3pm.

The agenda will include legislation that is being keyed up for this session:  dam inspection legislation, funding for Lake Champlain and others.  It will also include a discussion about water and energy:  how energy and water policy interact – and sometimes conflict – in Vermont.  Lastly, we’ll talk about recent rule updates related to water that are completed or under way.

As always, please let me know if you’re coming but don’t let a lack of RSVP keep you away.  All are welcomed, please forward to partners interested in clean water policy.

Contact Kim Greenwood (kgreenwood@vnrc.org) for the agenda.

Mission of the Water Caucus

The mission of the VNRC Water Caucus is to better involve the environmental community in the development and implementation of sound water policy and legislation in Vermont. The Caucus will bring relevant information to watershed organizations and other interested parties to enable them to engage on these issues in a constructive, efficient and effective manner.

For more information on the Water Caucus, click here.

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VNRC, VPA Seeking Legislative Intern for 2015

Be a part of the action under the Golden Dome this winter! The Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Planners Association are seeking a legislative intern to assist at the Vermont State House from January – May 2015. The intern, which will be shared between VNRC and the VPA, will help track relevant legislation that is moving through the Legislature during the 2015 legislative year. Duties will include monitoring State House hearings and reporting to VNRC and VPA staff on results of those hearings; tracking the movements of and changes made to specific bills VNRC and VPA are following.

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VNRC Goes Solar, Buying Electricity from Nearby Array

VNRC and the Vermont Land Trust, with offices across the street from each other but with no space to put up their own panels, recently teamed up with Green Mountain Power to buy solar energy from a nearby array, lowering both organizations’ energy bills and greening their electric energy footprint. This exciting collaboration allows these organizations to power their offices with clean, local, renewable energy.

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Save the Date: Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change Summit, February 18th

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is launching the Vermont Climate Economy Council at the “Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change Summit” on February 18th at Vermont Technical College. The conference is built on the premise that, confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism to the states that lead. Attendees will be asked: “Where is the economic opportunity for sector and cluster development in Vermont that can be a foundation for future prosperity? What practical actions or policy directions make most sense for us to advance today?”

Start Date: December 15, 2014 8:00 am
End Date: February 17, 2015 5:00 pm

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LEAP Energy Fair

Save the Date
9th LEAP Energy Fair
Saturday, April 11, 2015    
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT
Please mark your calendars for the 9th LEAP Energy Fair on Saturday, April 11.  We would like to invite your organization to have an exhibit at this Fair.   Last year we had:
  • 75 exhibitors + 700 attendees
  • This is one of the largest energy fairs in all of Vermont!
The LEAP Energy Fair focuses entirely on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, and other topics related to green energy.  Attendees are coming to learn more, and most are ready to take action and move forward. Exhibitors get many strong leads from this fair.
Please note that exhibit space sells out every year!  If you would like to reserve an exhibit table, let me know and I can hold one for you.  I will be sending more information including table prices in soon.  LEAP subsidizes the cost so the exhibit prices are among the lowest in Vermont.
Below are some photos from recent LEAP Energy Fairs.  If you have questions, feel free to contact me at this e-mail or at 802-244-7829.   We hope to see you on April 11, 2014!

Start Date: April 11, 2015 9:00 am
End Date: April 11, 2015 3:00 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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July 2014 E-News

It’s been a really busy summer at VNRC! We’ve had staff changes, plenty of policy work, exciting family expansions, and we’re now getting ready for several fall events including our annual meeting. (Pictured at left are VNRC’s Johanna Miller and Jamey Fidel at last year’s annual meeting.) Please, read on for more details about all of this and more . . .

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June 2014 E-News

This summer, VNRC is walking the walk – literally! Last Thursday, we received the Way to Go! Carbon Cup award for the small business with the highest number of participants who signed up to walk, car share, telecommute, bike, or ride public transportation during a single week in spring. The annual challenge is a great way to help us think about how we can lower our commuting impact, so we cut down on fuel use and air pollution and – for those of us who can walk or bike to work – get some exercise.

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May 2014 E-News – Special Legislative Wrap Up

Lawmakers wrapped up their work for 2014 last weekend, and overall, the news is good! From VNRC’s perspective, legislators made several very important gains on the environmental, smart growth, and energy fronts. They put in place new protections for shorelands, provisions to promote better development outside Vermont’s downtowns, and they gave a boost to solar power.


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April 2014 E-News

With legislative adjournment about three weeks away, several important conservation-related bills are moving into the home stretch. VNRC staff is tracking and testifying regularly now on a range of bills – most of which represent – for now – at least moderate gains for Vermont’s natural resources and communities.


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