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Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects. In a letter to the legislature, the groups voiced their strong support for core provisions […]

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Call for 2018 Art Gibb Award nominations

Nomination forms are now available for the 2018 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. This annual award is presented to a Vermont resident who embodies Arthur Gibb’s leadership skills and ability to balance competing interests in crafting innovative solutions, and who has made a lasting contribution to moving smart growth policies forward in their community, […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) praises Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

VNRC is praising a decision by DEC to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process. VNRC on behalf of its members, […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council seeking applications for Small Grants for Smart Growth Program

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking applications for its 2018 Small Grants for Smart Growth Program. The grant program, launched this year, provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives related to Smart Growth including: (1) advocacy for better land use through municipal planning, regulations, or advocacy in the permit process; (2) initiatives in the […]

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VNRC submits comments on Camel’s Hump Management Unit Long Range Management Plan

Vermont Natural Resources Council, in partnership with Audubon Vermont and The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, recently submitted comments to the Camel’s Hump Management Unit Stewardship Team regarding the Camel’s Hump Management Unit Long Range Management Plan. Camel’s Hump is one of Vermont’s most beloved icons and has been a rallying point for our STate’s values, particularly […]

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VNRC submits comments regarding use of VW Mitigation Trust 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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LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland one step closer to enhanced protections

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has granted the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) Petition to designate the LaPlatte River Marsh as a Class I wetland.  The decision puts the LaPlatte River Marsh one step closer to having the highest level of protection in Vermont. Wetlands provide habitat for a wide […]

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Welcome 2018 legislative session interns!

Each year, VNRC welcomes a select number of interns to our office during the legislative session. Our interns gain hands-on experience working on strategic campaigns and organizational projects that tackle concrete problems and solutions on a state and local level relating to climate action, clean water concerns, forest integrity, environmental policy, thriving and sustainable communities, and more. […]

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We want to hear from you: 2018 member survey

VNRC has been a successful organization for more than 50 years because of the backbone of support we receive from our members and donors. We couldn’t do this work without you! With that in mind, we wanted to check in and hear from you – what tops your list regarding policy priorities, what can we […]

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Elizabeth Courtney: Time for a miracle

This commentary is by Elizabeth Courtney, an author and environmental consultant who is former chair of the Environmental Board and former executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council. She is a volunteer staff at the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition. A version of this was first published in the Times Argus-Rutland Herald on Dec. 30. We […]

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