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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, region or across the state.

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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.

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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 following areas provided they relate to Smart Growth: transportation; housing; conservation, including agriculture, forestry, and historic preservation; downtown and/or village center development or revitalization.

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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.

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LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland one step closer to enhanced protections

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.

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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.

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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 chart a bold course to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution emissions, while inspiring hope, action, and results for all Vermonters.

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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 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.

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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.

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