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Clean Air – Cool Planet Energy and Climate Solutions Conference

The focus of the Conference is to discuss the challenges of climate change and to hear where the presidential candidates stand on energy policies for the future. More information is available at cleanair-coolplanet.org.

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Community Matters Conference

There is still time to register for the 2007 Community Matters Conference, hosted by the Orton Family Foundation and PlaceMatters. The Conference will include panels on planning successes and challenges, as well as re-development and sustainable building techniques. The conference keynote speakers are James Surowiecki, author of the national bestselling book, The Wisdom of Crowds […]

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Community Spotlight: Springfield

Home to the Simpsons? According to the Hometown Challenge, this small Vermont town beat out 13 other Springfields from around the country. The recent national attention has put Springfield, Vermont on the map. The town was chartered in 1761, and became the center of the Precision Valley, home of the Vermont machine tool industry. Since […]

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2007 Smart Growth Award Winners Announced

On September 13th, more than 130 people gathered on Burlington’s waterfront to celebrate Vermont projects that create economic opportunities, housing and a sense of community in a way that respects our unique landscape. Our 2007 Smart Growth Awards honor those individuals, projects or plans that demonstrate that smart growth is a viable development option for […]

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VNRC Helps Block Short-Sighted Septic Measure

Sepetmber 2007 ANR Provision Would Have Put Ponds and Lakes at Risk of Septic Pollution Thanks to a handful of vigilant and dedicated lawmakers and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Agency of Natural Resources recently removed an environmentally harmful loophole in its proposed rule governing septic systems. This important move, which will help prevent […]

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VNRC Succeeds in Securing Protections for Farmland

August 31, 2007 At VNRC’s urging, a key legislative committee recently blocked a state agency proposal that would have weakened protections for some of Vermont’s best farm soils. On August 29 the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) told the Natural Resources Board (NRB) to rethink its proposed rule change to Act 250 — Vermont’s […]

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New Name Reflects Land Use Solutions

The Vermont Forum on Sprawl is pleased to announce we have adopted a new name – Smart Growth Vermont. “Since the Forum was founded in 1998, our focus has naturally evolved from raising public awareness about the issue to providing the tools and assistance communities need to engage in smart growth initiatives,” said Executive Director, […]

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Regrouping on Global Warming and Energy

July 2007 The recent demise of the forward-thinking energy bill, H.520, is a deep disappointment. While the outcome is not surprising, it is troubling. Hundreds of Vermonters turned out July 11 to support this legislation, and thousands of Vermonters want real action now on this pressing issue. But Vermont’s failure to act decisively on this […]

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VNRC Urges Vermonters to “Take Back the Tap”

VNRC Co-Releases National Report Detailing Health, Safety, Environmental Concerns with Bottled Water June 28, 2007 Montpelier– Choosing tap water over bottled water is better for consumers’ health, their pocketbooks, and the environment, according to a new report written by the Washington, DC-based Food & Water Watch. Today, Food & Water Watch’s Vermont partners – the […]

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Water Bottling Company Sets Sights on East Montpelier Spring

FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS STORY AND VNRC’S GROUNDWATER GOALS, CLICK HERE. May 2007 A  large-scale commercial bottled water operation is being proposed in central Vermont. The Montpelier Spring Water Company has, in recent weeks, approached the East Montpelier selectboard and the Montpelier City Council for general statements of approval and right-of-way permissions for the […]

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