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VNRC, VTTU Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and the Vermont State Council of Trout Unlimited (VTTU) announced that they have filed a cross appeal in the on-going appeal of the water quality certificate issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to Morrisville Water and Light (MWL) for the operation of its Morrisville Hydroelectric facilities.
The facilities include four dams and three hydroelectric power plants on the Lamoille River, Elmore Brook and the Green River, the latter creating Green River Reservoir. MWL appealed the water quality certificate earlier this month, and in the media has cited concerns about the cost of complying with conditions of the certificate and the impact of the operating regime on energy generation, especially at the Green River facility.


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Act 174 Public Comments Due 10/20

VNRC’s Brian Shupe highlights the important (and often missing) why in Vermont’s energy transition — and the importance of getting Act 174 implementation right. Weigh in! Submit written comments by Oct. 20 or attend a hearing TONIGHT (Oct. 11) in Randolph. All details here.


Burlington Town Center Supports Smart Growth

On the November 8th ballot, Burlington residents will be asked two questions related to the the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center that will affect how this project moves forward. Read on for VNRC’s letter of support.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is a statewide environmental organization founded over 50 years ago that has always cared deeply about building strong human communities. We want places where we can we live and thrive, and VNRC works to accommodate change in ways that respect our environment and Vermont’s character.

One approach to shaping our future Vermont is to prevent poorly planned development, and over the years VNRC has fought plenty of sprawling, scattered development proposals. However, we think it’s just as important to stand up in support of development that is located in the right places and brings multiple benefits.


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Elisabeth Kulas, Head of Housing Trust of Rutland County, to Receive 2016 Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership

Elisabeth Kulas, the executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County, will be recognized next week for promoting smart growth, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strong communities through the development of affordable housing.

Kulas, of Clarendon, will receive the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources Council at VNRC’s annual meeting Thursday, September 29 at the Inn at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. (more…)

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Director Brian Shupe Explains The Missing “Why” in Energy Transition

The Times Argus recently featured Director Brian Shupe’s commentary on the importance of Vermont’s energy transition.

“Virtually all of the energy we use to drive our cars, trucks and buses is imported into the state, as is the vast majority of the energy we use to heat our homes and businesses. And we remain significantly reliant on other states and nations to generate the electric power we need to light our homes, charge our computers, run our many appliances.

How Vermont embraces this new energy transition matters. A lot. That’s why (VNRC) has worked with communities across Vermont to implement conservation and efficiency programs, undertake projects that give people transportation choices, and advance community-owned and well-sited renewable generation.

We have also worked from the local level to the highest levels of government to promote and craft plans that will help achieve the most strategic, well-supported approaches to transitioning off of fossil fuels. We believe strongly that, to succeed, Vermonters must be actively engaged in our energy transition.”


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Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

Save the date for the 9th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will take place on December 3 at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, VT. This year’s theme is: Local Leadership, Local Action: Partnering to Get to 90 by 2050 and will again highlight programs and opportunities leaders can implement locally – town energy committee members in particular – as well frame the opportunities Vermonters, together, can seize to take needed climate action. This year’s keynote speaker will be Soren Hermansen, the director of the Energy Academy on the Danish island of Samsø, and a driving force behind the island achieving a 100 percent renewable electric grid. To learn more, click here.

Start Date: December 3 @ 8:00 am
End Date: December 3 @ 5:00 pm

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September 2016

Headlines: VNRC Active in Working Group to Maintain Forests, VNRC AmeriCorps Members Pass the Baton, Kulas Recognized with Arthur Gibb Award, Thanks to our Summer Help, VCV to Release Lawmaker Scorecard, Dam Removal in Randolph, VNRC Weighs in on Slate of Water Quality Issues, New Poll Finds Growing Support for National Carbon Pollution Tax, VNRC Supports Smart Growth Mall Redevelopment and Calls for Improvements, In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent of the Earth’s Wilderness, VNRC Annual Meeting, Events.

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Fifth Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene

Headlines: Progress on Safeguarding our Waters, Forests Play Key Role in Climate Resilience, VNRC Creates Natural Resources Course for Local Leaders, A Price on Carbon Pollution, Save the Date: VNRC Annual Meeting, Events.

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July 2016

Headlines: Vermont Forest Roundtable 10th Anniversary, Net Metering Rule Would Slow Progress, VNRC Intervenes in Swanton Dam FERC License Request, VNRC Continues Legacy of Mollie Beattie, Poll: Vermonters Support Action to Address Global Warming, Stronger Rules Neede to Address Farm Pollution, Addressing Threats to Vermont’s Groundwater, Buckley Appointed to Downtown Board as Smart Growth Rep, VEIC Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Hartford and VEIC: Energy Planning and Implementation Initiative, Events, Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Exxon Mobil Ramps up Support of Cabon Pollution Tax.

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June 2016

Headlines:  Gov Candidates Debate on Environmental Issues a Succes; First Annual Vermont Gives Day a Success; VNRC, VECAN Seeking AmeriCorps Member; Hooper Recognized by National Wildlife Federation; Energy Independent Vermont Webinar Series; Keeping Vermont Forest Strong; VNRC Monitors Proposed New Vista Project in Upper Valley; EPA Releases Lake Champlain Pollution Clean-up Plan; Rutland Solar Project Receives Accolades, National Interest; Stronger Water Quality Standards Needed on Farms; Vermont Leads Nation in Clean Energy Jobs; Conservation Funding Open to Forest Landowners in Connecticut River Watershed; Zero Energy Now Helps Homeowners Save Money.

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May 2016

Headlines: VNRC and Partners Launch FreeVtRivers.org to Highlight Benefits of Dam Removal; Vermont Gubernatorial Debate on Environmental Issues; Staying Connected Initiative Video; VNRC Weighs in on Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Protection Rules; VNRC Talks Smart Growth at Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Meeting; VNRC Sees Pros and Cons of State Dam Ownership; Trainings Continue to Help Landowners Conserve Forests; VNRC Meets with Jay Peak, State to Improve Water Quality at Resort; Opportunity to Weigh in on Farming Practices for Clean Water; Join the Vermont Climate Economy Partnership; Vermont Youth Lobby Day; Bike Service Now Available on Vermont Amtrak; Vermonters Now Storing Renewable Energy at Home; World Bank, IMF Call for Price on Carbon Pollution;

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