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Environmental Groups Fight to Ensure Morrisville Hydroelectric Project Protects Water Quality, Fish Habitat and Recreation

  Environmental Groups 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 […]

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New Report Shows Energy Efficiency Supporting Millions of U.S. Jobs

A new report released earlier this month shows the energy efficiency industry is already supporting at least 1.9 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8,600 Vermont jobs (Vermont info on page 114 of the report). The report uses the same methodology as the U.S. government uses to produce labor statistics and is the most comprehensive report […]

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Governor Scott Affirms His Commitment to a Clean Energy Transition

On his first day in office, VNRC and partner organizations presented Gov. Scott with a letter urging him to not back away from the state’s commitment to clean energy. Encouragingly, days later, Gov. Scott convened his first press conference to celebrate SunCommon’s innovative, new solar canopy and affirmed his support of the state’s goal of […]

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McCarthy to Talk Implications of New Vistas Development

Since coming to light at the beginning of 2016, Utah developer David Hall’s proposed New Vistas development has garnered much media and local attention – and rightly so. The proposed 20,000-person community would extend into the towns of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, and Tunbridge, and Hall has already started purchasing land in these communities. Concerned citizens […]

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Buckley Appointed to Downtown Board as Smart Growth Rep

Katie Buckley, town administrator for Guilford, was recently appointed to Vermont’s Downtown Development Board. This board oversees the state designation programs – including downtown development districts, village centers and growth centers – that have been an essential part of channeling growth and investment into villages and downtowns. Nominated by VNRC and the Preservation Trust of […]

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2017 Legislative Preview

Yesterday, Vermont lawmakers rolled into Montpelier to kick off the 2017-2018 biennium. Committee makeup and assignments were announced, Governor Shumlin gave his farewell address, and VNRC staff rolled up our sleeves for the months ahead. With the U.S. on the cusp of swearing in a climate-denying President – who has nominated several anti-environment, climate science […]

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VNRC Board Member’s Maple Goes Interstellar

VNRC Board Member Ira Marvin of Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville recently learned that his maple syrup had traveled to the International Space Station. A French astronaut posted pictures of their meal and among the condiments was a bottle of Butternut Mountain Farm syrup. The Marvins have done a number of things to enhance their […]

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Leriche: Housing Solutions Not So Simple

The Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Lucy Leriche recently penned a commentary in the Burlington Free Press that looks at the impact – or lack of impact – of state and local regulations on housing. She writes, “Getting regulation right means striking a healthy balance between development, environmental quality and economic […]

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Vermont College Joins Carbon Neutrality Effort

This month, Middlebury College announced that it had achieved a net zero carbon footprint, a goal the college has been working towards for years. Carbon neutrality means the college has balanced the measured amount of carbon pollution it produces with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Key steps to reaching this goal included transitioning nearly […]

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Federal Ethanol Mandate Destroys Wildlife Habitat, Impacts Climate

A new report by the National Wildlife Federation – VNRC’s national affiliate – details how the federal Renewable Fuel Standard has caused more harm than good to both wildlife habitat and the climate. In Vermont alone, the policy has resulted in nearly 6,500 acres of wildlife habitat loss between 2008 and 2012 – the equivalent […]

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Vermont Utilities to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use, Increase Energy Innovation

The law, Act 56, will require Vermont utilities to help their customers reduce their fossil fuel through Energy Innovation Projects. Additionally, the law requires utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy in their portfolios by 75 percent by 2032, including meeting 10 percent of that requirement through small, distributed generation. “Act 56 sets a […]

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