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Let your voice be heard on climate action

If you haven’t already shared your perspectives on climate action with the Governor’s Climate Action Commission, please do so by December 14! That’s when Commissioners will be voting on the short-term, initial actions they believe the Governor should move on immediately to turn the tide on our rising greenhouse gas emissions. Ensure your recommendations for action […]

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What is the ESSEX Plan?

Recently, a coalition of business, academic, low income and environmental allies — including VNRC — put forward a proposal to dramatically reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean, renewable heating and transportation options. The proposal, called the ESSEX Plan (an Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange) would put a gradually rising price […]

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VNRC statement on draft plan for VW settlement funds

The $18.7 million in VW Mitigation Trust funds present an exciting opportunity for Vermont to move toward a cleaner transportation system. Done right, we can reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions while also improving public health and strengthening our communities. It’s important to invest these one-time funds in clean, fossil-fuel free technologies – like electric school and […]

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Remembering John Ewing

We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of John Ewing, a friend, advocate, and visionary. As former Executive Director and current VNRC Board Member Elizabeth Courtney noted, John was a “thoughtful, kind, gentle person with a great deal of humility.” John served as a member of VNRC’s advisory committee, and was the founder of Smart Growth […]

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Growing state leadership from Montpelier to Minneapolis

From Amber Collett, VNRC Communications Director Every year, state environmental advocates from across the country come together to connect, share resources, and encourage each other’s professional development. The State Environmental Leaders Conference (also called SELP, short for State Environmental Leaders Program – its original name) celebrated its 30th year in November 2018. Johanna Miller, VNRC’s […]

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VNR joins partners to submit comments to VOREC

This autumn, Governor Scott’s Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) hosted a series of public meetings to engage stakeholders across the state. Thank you to all of the VNRC members and supporters who were able to attend a session in-person or submit comments online. Working in collaboration with a diverse group of organizations representing landowners, […]

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The ESSEX Plan: Pricing pollution to boost Vermont’s economy

(Originally published by John Walters, Seven Days) An impressive group of business leaders, academics and policy experts has released a new proposal to lower Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. The ESSEX Plan was unveiled at a climate summit meeting last week in Burlington. (ESSEX is an almost-acronym for “an Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange.”) And, yes, it does […]

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McCarthy: Changing the way we move in our communities

Kate McCarthy, AICP, is the sustainable communities program director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council and coordinates the Transportation for Vermonters Coalition. What if we could improve our children’s health and our communities’ bottom lines while increasing access to transportation options that are affordable and better for our environment? A proposed solution to those issues […]

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

Register today! 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 […]

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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. “Transportation for Vermonters, or T4VT for short, is unique in Vermont because our focus is on advancing transportation programs and investments that go beyond getting from […]

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