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2018 Member Survey: We want to hear from you!

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 can do to improve our work, and how do you like to hear from us? We will use your feedback to help inform our work going forward.


New Year, New Opportunities

From Hannah Huber, Energy & Climate Community Organizer
I’m an organizer at Vermont Natural Resources Council. Over the past two years, my work has focused on supporting Vermont communities as we work towards a new energy future that is more just, sustainable, and solutions-oriented.
My new year’s resolution for 2018 is to see our state chart a bold course to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution emissions, while inspiring hope, action, and results for all Vermonters.


Happy Holidays from VNRC

The snow is here, and over the holidays many Vermonters will head out into our great outdoors to enjoy a long ski or snowshoe in the woods, gather with family and friends to share a meal, renew our community bonds, and celebrate the opportunity brought by a new year.

In 2017, VNRC brought people together to address the challenges our state faces with pragmatism and optimism – from creating a clean energy future, keeping forests as forests, protecting our water resources, to supporting equitable and sustainable communities. Every day, we advocate for the health and wellbeing of Vermont families, environment, and communities.

As we enter 2018, I am extremely grateful for your support of VNRC and our work, and we wish you all the best for a happy holiday season and a joyful new year!

Best Regards,

Brian Shupe
Executive Director

Vermont Climate Action Commission makes five short-term recommendations

From Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director 

The Vermont Climate Action Commission – the 21-member diverse stakeholder group charged by Governor Phil Scott to make recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – recently advanced a set of five short-term recommendations to start doing just that.


We’re hiring: Membership & Outreach Coordinator

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to serve as our Membership & Outreach Coordinator.


New carbon pricing proposal: 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.


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.


Give today: You can help protect Vermont’s environment & communities

With your support, we can continue to protect, restore, and enhance Vermont’s natural environments and thriving communities. From your town hall to your State House, VNRC works to ensure Vermonter’s concerns and ideas about the environment are heard.


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 Energy & Climate Program Director, and I were able to attend the conference in Minneapolis, MN and I wanted to share some of the key takeaways with you.


VNRC 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.