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It’s time to put a price on carbon pollution
Forest Fragmentation Action Plan
Heating Efficiency Success Stories
Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife
Reading Vermont’s Rivers
Resilient Communities Scorecard
Complete Streets Guide
Greening Vermont
Community Planning Toolbox
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Subdivision Trends & Land Use
Energy Guidebooks for Municipalities
Groundwater Manual for Municipalities
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You can help protect Vermont’s environment & communities

With your support, we can continue to protect, restore, and enhance Vermont’s natural environments and thriving communities. From your town hall to your State House, VNRC works to ensure Vermonter’s concerns and ideas about the environment are heard.


Register now for the 10th annual Community Energy & Climate Action Conference

VECAN and the University of Vermont Extension are pleased to host the 10th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – a day-long event aimed at inspiring, supporting, and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in helping our state meet our efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change goals.


Broad new transportation advocacy coalition launches, committed to increasing affordability, access, and sustainability

A diverse group of organizations, businesses, and institutions today announced the formation of a new coalition to advocate for a more sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation system in Vermont.


The Economy of the Future

From Brian Shupe, executive director. Originally published in the Rutland Herald

This past September, more than 500 entrepreneurs, investors, public officials and business leaders gathered in Burlington to explore economic opportunity in the changing and uncertain world of climate change.

The three-day Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit, organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, was designed to position Vermont as a leader in the climate economy, which the council describes as such key economic sectors as “clean energy development, thermal and electrical efficiencies, sustainable transportation systems, working lands, smart growth development, and many more.”

In effect, the climate economy encompasses those activities that will attempt to mitigate, and help us adapt to, a warming world. It is the economy of the future, whether we respond to it or not.


Talking Smart Growth from Montpelier to Washington D.C.

From Kate McCarthy, VNRC Sustainable Communities Program Director

Each year state and regional smart growth leaders from across the country gather for leadership development, to discuss smart growth issues, and to share innovations from our own work. This year, the ‘Smart Growth Caucus’ met in Washington, D.C. where we discussed rural and urban approaches to smart growth and how the smart growth movement is connected to climate change and social justice initiatives – big conversations that we plan to continue. As VNRC’s Sustainable Communities Program Director, I was excited and honored to attend and connect with colleagues from around the country.


10th Annual VECAN Community Energy & Climate Action Conference

This year, we are celebrating a very exciting milestone--the 10th anniversary of VECAN’s annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. Over the past decade, the workshops, speakers, and networking at the conference has inspired and activated thousands of Vermonters to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

This year’s event will highlight programs and opportunities leaders can implement locally, as well frame the opportunities we, together, can seize to take needed climate action. Once again we’ve secured a great keynote speaker- former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. She will share a needed message of expanding local leadership, advancing big ideas and initiatives and making much-needed progress.

Start Date: December 2 @ 12:00 am
End Date: December 2 @ 11:59 pm

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October 2017

Headlines: VER online and thank you for celebrating Warren King and VNRC; Submit Your Climate Action Comments; Support Vermont’s Backcountry & Recreational Experiences; We’re Putting DEC on Notice: Great Hosmer Pond; Community Planning Toolkit Updated-Strip Development; VCV Update: Children’s Environmental Health Day; VNRC & VCV Seeking a Legislative Intern; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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September 2017

Headlines: Join Us In Celebrating Good Work – And The People Who Make It Possible; Revitalizing Downtown Bennington; Get Out Your Calendars…; Everyone’s Economic Opportunity In Climate Action; Removing Small Dams to Restore Rivers; The Day-to-Day Actions Of Genuine Leaders; VCV Update: Protecting Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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August 2017

Headlines: Taking an Interest & Getting Involved; VNRC’s Johanna Miller to Serve on Vermont Climate Action Commission; ACTION – Help Us Protect the LaPlatte River Natural Area; VNRC on VPR Discussing Vermont’s Forest Health; Exit4: Request for Concepts; VCV Update: Protecting Vermont Communities from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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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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