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Water Quality Standards

Good News About Groundwater

With so much bad news circulating about our society’s – and our governments’ – inability to confront the enormous environmental challenges that we face, it is important to recognize the good news when the system works as it should and laws that were passed to protect the health and safety of citizens are put to good use. (Click “read more” below to see the rest of this op-ed by VNRC executive director Brian Shupe.)

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VNRC Honors Andrea Morgante with Art Gibb Award

VNRC recently recognized Andrea Morgante of Hinesburg with the Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership for her community conservation efforts. Andrea received the award at VNRC’s annual meeting September 18.

“Andrea is a tireless advocate for natural resources and strong communities who has been able to build bridges among many different constituencies,” said Brian Shupe, VNRC’s executive director. “It is an honor to recognize her with this award.”

 

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Climate March: Why VNRC’s Keil Corey is Going

VNRC’s Keil Corey, in a recent interview with the Burlington Free Press, describes why he is going to The People’s Climate March in New York City September 21. The event, which will likely be the largest climate rally in history, could draw as many as 1,000 Vermonters to the Big Apple. “Climate change is the biggest issue of our time,” Keil says. Read more here.

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AmeriCorps Member Ben Civiletti Joins VNRC

A new AmeriCorps member is joining the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Starting September 2, Ben Civiletti of Burlington will support VNRC’s energy program and primarily serve to support the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, or VECAN, whose mission is to start, support and strengthen town energy committees across Vermont.

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A Path to Action on Climate

Other than nuclear war, I can’t imagine a single, overarching global issue that will do more to shape the 21st century (and future centuries) than humanity’s collective response to climate change.

We’ve all heard the scientific reports, which I admit to tuning out as much as the next person. After all, who wants to get bummed out on bad news and seemingly insurmountable challenges? Especially in the middle of one of the sweetest Vermont summers in recent memory, with clear, warm days providing ample opportunity for great hiking, paddling and fishing.

 

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7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join VNRC and Patagonia Burlington for the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 45th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the theme of this year’s event is Protecting Wilderness and Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change. We’ll feature films about wilderness, land use, and natural communities, with a special focus on activism and how individuals or groups of people can make a difference. Whatever your own causes are, we are sure you’ll leave the festival feeling inspired to go out into your own community and make a difference.

As in the past, the evening-long festival will feature environmental and adventure-based films, food and drinks catered by Skinny Pancake, and a robust silent auction. 

 

Start Date: October 23, 2014 5:30 pm
End Date: October 23, 2014 9:00 pm

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Button Up Vermont Day of Action

Many Vermonters waste heat – and a ton of money – because our homes and businesses aren’t properly weatherized. This year’s second annual, statewide “Button Up Vermont Day of Action” is aimed at sealing the leaks and helping people save energy and money.

Vermonters always “Green Up” in the spring. Let’s stop the waste and start an annual tradition of “Buttoning Up” in the fall. For further details visit www.vecan.net (organized by the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, Efficiency Vermont, Central Vermont Community Action, Vermont Energy Education Program and NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad.)

Start Date: November 1, 2014 12:00 am
End Date: November 1, 2014 11:59 pm

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VECAN’s 7th Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

This one-day conference emphasizes clean energy and climate action strategies that Vermonters can help implement.

Designed to inspire, support and grow the statewide network of town energy committees and other energy-ambitious Vermonters, this is a “can’t miss” event if you’re interested in energy efficiency, transportation choices, renewable generation and building greater public and political support for needed energy action. For details visit vecan.net.

Start Date: December 6, 2014 9:00 am
End Date: December 6, 2014 5:00 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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