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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 humanities’ 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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VNRC Hires Keil Corey as Membership and Outreach Coordinator

Keil Corey of Montpelier will be joining the staff of the Vermont Natural Resources Council as Membership and Outreach Coordinator. Keil, who grew up in Bristol, will start in his new position in mid-August. For almost two years, Keil has been an AmeriCorps member, working in the VNRC offices as a community energy and climate action organizer.

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EPA, Citing VNRC Work, Releases Tool to Make Communities Flood-Resilient

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a new tool to help communities prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater. The underlying EPA resilience report cites VNRC’s work in this area several times.

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: Is it Worth the Wetlands?

The natural gas pipeline proposed by Vermont Gas for the western part of Vermont has come under criticism for a range of reasons. It will commit us to more fossil fuel use and will ship fracked gas, for instance. Not as well-known is the fact the line will also have a big impact on Vermont’s wetlands. Kim Greenwood, VNRC’s water program director/staff scientist, offers her view on the wetlands issue in a recent op-ed published in VTDigger.

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VNRC Releases a New Subdivision Trends Report and the Forest Fragmentation Action Plan

VNRC continues to make the connection between incremental subdivision and forest fragmentation in Vermont. After publishing a study in 2010 of subdivision trends in eight communities, VNRC decided to track the issue in fourteen additional towns. In May, VNRC also published a Forest Fragmentation Action Plan - a menu of nine priority strategies that, if implemented, can reduce forest fragmentation at the local, regional, and state levels.

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VNRC Annual Meeting

Dear Members, Activists, and Friends,

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on September 18 from 5:30pm-7pm at the beautiful Old Lantern Inn and Barn in Charlotte.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and hear from Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, David Mears, who will discuss recent gains for the environment and where we are heading on the long-overdue cleanup of lake champlain.

We will also be approving new board members – names to be announced soon – and presenting this year’s Art Gibb Award to Andrea Morgante for long history of community leadership In the Town of Hinesburg and Chittenden County.

Please RSVP by emailing Keil at kcorey@vnrc.org

~There is a suggested $10 donation.~

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you September 18!

The VNRC Team

Start Date: September 18, 2014 5:30 pm
End Date: September 18, 2014 7:00 pm

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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, the theme of this year’s event is Protecting Wilderness 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. Stay tuned for more information, including film trailers and a link to the silent auction online!

 

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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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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March 2014 E-News

Lawmakers are back at it after the Town Meeting break, spending lots of time on the floors of both the House and Senate, passing bills. With about six weeks left in the session, it’s fair to say that things are very busy under the Golden Dome. 

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