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– RESOURCE EXPLAINED – Example Energy Chapter of Town Plan-Thetford

Thetford, Vermont’s energy component of their town plan offers a good model for smaller, more rural Vermont towns. Check it out here. For more information about what the town of Thetford is doing regarding energy planning and energy and climate action in general, contact Robert Walker of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group.

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Judge Finds Wal-Mart Hearings Biased

September 2006 A recent Environmental Court ruling affirmed citizens’ claims that the Town of St. Albans’ hearings on a proposed 160,000-square-foot Wal-Mart were biased and contaminated by conflict of interest. Members of Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth filed a motion objecting to the fact that one member of the St. Albans Town Development Review Board […]

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VNRC, NWF & Others Join Supreme Court Battle

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 31, 2006) — The National Wildlife Federation filed an amicus brief today on behalf of itself, VNRC and 72 other sporting and conservation organizations, state fish and game departments, professional fish and wildlife societies, zoos and aquariums and religious organizations in a first-ever case involving global warming to be heard by the […]

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Climate Action March a Resounding Success

August 14, 2006 Hundreds of entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, scholars, sugar-makers and concerned citizens from across the political spectrum joined noted author Bill McKibben in a five-day walk from Ripton to Burlington to raise awareness about global warming this past Labor Day weekend. The five-day event, the first of its kind in the nation pressing for […]

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VNRC Hosts Water Activist Maude Barlow

July 2006 VNRC hosted two back-to-back keynote addresses by one of the world’s leading experts on threats to global water resources follow closely on the heels of action in the Vermont Legislature to safeguard the fresh water flowing beneath our feet. On July 12 in Burlington and July 13 in Manchester, VNRC hosted Maude Barlow, […]

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VNRC Wins for Water in the Legislature

April 28, 2006 Protecting Vermont’s drinking water — the fresh, cold water that exists in the aquifers beneath our feet — is one of VNRC’s highest priorities. Today the Legislature delivered a hard won victory for Vermonters by passing legislation designed to safeguard this invaluable resource from depletion and degradation. The final bill represents over […]

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VNRC’s Comment on Recent East Haven Wind Farm Decision

March 30, 2006 A hearing officer at the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) recently proposed an unexpected decision for the East Haven wind project, recommending that the full PSB deny approval of the project. But for the fact that East Haven has not demonstrated that it will not have an undue, adverse impact on birds and […]

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Keeping the Vermont We Love

Are you one of the growing number of Vermonters who sense that we’re losing the Vermont we love? Did you ever wonder what it would take to get you really riled up about the direction Vermont is headed? I mean, what do you think your “last straw” would be, before you’d take serious action to […]

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2005 Report – Tax Reform That Agrees With Vermont

On January 25, 2006, the Vermont Fair Tax Coalition — a coalition of business, consumer and environmental organizations — announced the release of its second report on “Tax Reform That Agrees with Vermont.” The report describes how shifting taxes — not increasing them — can support activities society wants to discourage, such as those that […]

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Climate Change Work Gathers Momentum

January 2006 VNRC Offered Seat on Governor’s Climate Change Commission There is no longer a dispute that the world is warming and that humans are causing it. In December 2005 this stark reality spurred Governor Jim Douglas to announce the creation of a Vermont Climate Change Commission intended to tackle this monumental issue. VNRC’s Policy […]

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