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Shupe: Getting there

From Brian Shupe, executive director (originally published in the The Barre Montpelier Times Argus) Last week I found myself driving a rental car with summer tires and rear-wheel drive through a major snowstorm in the Great Smoky Mountains. The first thing that came to mind is that the state of North Carolina doesn’t appear to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Unhappy Birthday: Time to Rethink Ethanol as the Mandate Turns 10

From Jon Groveman, VNRC Policy & Water Program Director When it comes to protecting our environment, the news coming out of Washington D.C. these days has gone from bad to worse. The Trump Administration has rolled out policy after policy that weakens or eliminates protections for public health and our environment. Withdrawing from the Paris […]

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Vermont Climate Action Commission makes five short-term recommendations

From Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director  Yesterday, the Vermont Climate Action Commission – the 21-member diverse stakeholder group charged by Governor Phil Scott to make recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – advanced a set of five short-term recommendations to start doing just that. Beyond recommending initial steps to advance modern wood heating, transportation […]

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Woods. (Photo: Blake Gardner)

Strong Communities

From Kate McCarthy, VNRC Sustainable Communities Director Downtown Montpelier is Vermont Natural Resources Council’s home — we’ve been here for more than 50 years. Some of us live in Montpelier, and some of us just work here, but we all love and appreciate what the place has to offer: walkability, the opportunity to run into […]

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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. Duties include: Engaging with VNRC’s members and partners and representing VNRC in a variety of public settings. Assisting with and coordinating regular fundraising appeals and direct mail campaigns; Maintaining VNRC’s membership database, and […]

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Let your voice be heard on climate action

If you haven’t already shared your perspectives on climate action with the Governor’s Climate Action Commission, please do so by December 14! That’s when Commissioners will be voting on the short-term, initial actions they believe the Governor should move on immediately to turn the tide on our rising greenhouse gas emissions. Ensure your recommendations for action […]

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What is 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. The proposal, called the ESSEX Plan (an Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange) would put a gradually rising price […]

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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. It’s important to invest these one-time funds in clean, fossil-fuel free technologies – like electric school and […]

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