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Tune In: Saving Our Waters

Get out the popcorn!  We’re tuning into Vermont PBS at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the premier of Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary series examining the state of the Lake Champlain Basin today with an eye toward practical solutions to keeping Vermont’s waterways clean in an age of extreme weather events.

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Vermont Natural Resources Council opposes proposed usage rule for Great Hosmer Pond

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) announced their opposition to the draft proposed Vermont Use of Public Waters (VUPW) Rule for Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury and Albany VT. In a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), VNRC requested the immediate withdrawal of the VUPW rule based on significant concerns regarding the proposed rule’s legality.

Legislative Internship Opportunity with VNRC & VCV

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to help us move forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in early 2018.
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Action: Don’t let the Scott administration rollback our commitment to clean water

You’ve seen the news: Lake Carmi closed because of a toxic algae bloom likely caused by phosphorus-laden silt, similar closures of North Beach and Oakledge Cove in Burlington, and the ongoing threat to Lake Champlain as federal funding for clean-up efforts hangs in the balance.

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Art Gibb Award winner draws attention to environmental challenges

By Yvette Shi, Addison Independent

MIDDLEBURY — Facing President Donald Trump’s agressive agenda against environmental policies, it’s fitting the Vermont Natural Resources Council honored  Ripton resident Warren King for his lifetime of environmental stewardship this past Thursday.

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White River Junction – Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative public meeting

In June, Governor Scott launched the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to engage stakeholders in a public conversation about recreation, the Vermont economy, and stewardship of our natural resources.

Now, VOREC is looking to hear from you! They are hosting a series of public meetings throughout Vermont and we hope you’ll join us on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m. at Hartford Town Hall (171 Bride St.) for the White River Junction area public meeting.

It is important that this Collaborative hear from Vermonters like you about the importance of investing in our communities, protecting our forests, water, and climate, and strengthening outdoor recreation economy:

  • Healthy and intact forestlands are vital to maintaining quality recreational opportunities and our outdoor tourism economy.
  • Safeguard our natural resources and infrastructure through strategic conservation of more public and private land that is fundamental to Vermont’s economic vitality.
  • Permanently protect local, regional, and statewide trail networks to give communities, organizations, and volunteers the security to invest time and money into their stewardship.
  • Make a greater investment of public and private dollars to the stewardship of our public lands and trail networks.
  • Make sure all Vermonters have safe, local access to recreational opportunities and open space.
  • Vermont’s economy benefits from our shared love of the outdoors, but climate change threatens the future of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy. Vermont needs to take substantive action on climate to support our tourism economy and protect investments already made in recreation facilities.
  • Many of our Vermont communities are dependent upon thriving local recreation economies. This means making sure there are places that are permanently around for people to bike, hike, bird watch, and more.

Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Start Date: October 23 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 23 @ 8:00 pm

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Arlington – Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative public meeting

In June, Governor Scott launched the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to engage stakeholders in a public conversation about recreation, the Vermont economy, and stewardship of our natural resources.

Now, VOREC is looking to hear from you! They are hosting a series of public meetings throughout Vermont and we hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. at West Mountain Inn (144 West Mountain Inn Rd.) for the Arlington area public meeting.

It is important that this Collaborative hear from Vermonters like you about the importance of investing in our communities, protecting our forests, water, and climate, and strengthening outdoor recreation economy:

  • Healthy and intact forestlands are vital to maintaining quality recreational opportunities and our outdoor tourism economy.
  • Safeguard our natural resources and infrastructure through strategic conservation of more public and private land that is fundamental to Vermont’s economic vitality.
  • Permanently protect local, regional, and statewide trail networks to give communities, organizations, and volunteers the security to invest time and money into their stewardship.
  • Make a greater investment of public and private dollars to the stewardship of our public lands and trail networks.
  • Make sure all Vermonters have safe, local access to recreational opportunities and open space.
  • Vermont’s economy benefits from our shared love of the outdoors, but climate change threatens the future of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy. Vermont needs to take substantive action on climate to support our tourism economy and protect investments already made in recreation facilities.
  • Many of our Vermont communities are dependent upon thriving local recreation economies. This means making sure there are places that are permanently around for people to bike, hike, bird watch, and more.

Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Start Date: October 24 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 24 @ 8:00 pm

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Middlebury: Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action – Panel & Conversation

Climate change may be the biggest economic development opportunity Vermont – and the world – has ever seen. But only if we act now to make sure our response is strong, equitable and done right.

We need your help to make sure Vermont acts on climate. Join us for a panel discussion and audience-engaging conversation about how Vermonters can seize the economic opportunities in climate change. Hear from a respected Vermont business owner, a low-income advocate, and legislators about the kind of equitable and exciting opportunities climate action provides. Speakers will include:

  • Representative Amy Sheldon (Middlebury)
  • Senator Chris Bray (Addison)
  • Bram Kleppner, Danforth Pewter
  • Karen Lafayette, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council
  • Dan Barlow, VBSR
  • Johanna Miller, VNRC

This event is hosted by the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Panelists will frame the current context of climate (in)action in Vermont and outline the policy responses they are working to advance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, grow our economy, and ensure all Vermonters benefit from the transition off of fossil fuels. By attending the event, you can offer input, ask questions, and find meaningful ways to engage.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. RSVP, submit a question for the panelists in advance, and find more information at: http://bit.ly/MiddleburyRSVP

Start Date: October 30 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: October 30 @ 8:00 pm

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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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