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Now accepting nominations for the 2019 Arthur Gibb Award

In honor of Vermont legislator Arthur Gibb, who dedicated much of his life to public service to ensure that Vermont is a better place for future generations, VNRC is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership.


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VNRC and CLF: EPA Plan to Address PFAS in Drinking Water Too Little, Too Late

Vermont must take action to clean up toxic chemicals in water

February 14, 2019 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) released the following statement today in response to the announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency plan to address widespread contamination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the U.S. The plan does not commit EPA to take action to protect drinking water, add PFAS to Superfund cleanup laws, prevent new PFAS from entering the marketplace, or require reporting and monitoring of PFAS releases.


The Water Caucus: Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

The Vermont Water Caucus is pleased that Governor Phil Scott recognized that Vermont must establish substantially increased long-term funding to restore and protect water quality in our rivers, streams, lakes and ponds this year.

However, the additional revenue proposed by the Governor appears to fall short of the funding level needed to meet Vermont’s legal obligation to establish water funding that has been outstanding since 2015.


Climate Action Plan for 2019

Today, as part of a coalition of 25 advocacy groups, VNRC revealed a plan for acting on climate change in 2018-19.  (more…)

Sign Up to Receive Our Climate Dispatch

Stay informed about legislative action – or inaction – with VNRC’s Climate Dispatch. In brief live videos, we’ll summarize what’s happening each week in the Vermont Legislature on climate and clean energy. Sign up here.


An Urgent Call for Vermont Leadership on Climate Change

We have a plan for taking action on climate this session. Help us make sure Vermont takes these steps forward. Ask your lawmakers to #ActOnClimateVT!

VNRC Supports Regional Effort to Transform our Transportation Sector

Yesterday, nine states and the District of Columbia, including Vermont, announced their commitment to taking a more serious step forward to tackle carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Find the announcement here.

VRNC Awards $1,500 Small Grant to Hyde Park, VT

VNRC granted the Town of Hyde Park $1,500 through our Small Grants for Smart Growth Program. Hyde Park will use the funds to complete a guide that helps property owners better navigate the local permit process when seeking the permits required to develop their land.


Give back to VNRC by shopping at Outdoor Gear Exchange

For the month of December, Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington will donate 5 cents to VNRC for every customer who declines to take a bag. Makes it easy to support our work while you’re holiday shopping, doesn’t it?

What’s Next for Act 250?

In 2018, the Vermont legislature created the Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years to work on modernizing Act 250, and established VNRC as an advisor to the Commission. In this capacity, we prepared Core Recommendations to Strengthen the Environment, Communities, and the Act 250 Process. Find it here.