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Times Argus: Words and Actions

Originally published by The Times Argus The gulf between words and action on the part of the Scott administration is a growing concern among those focused on environmental issues. One of the issues subject to the policy of delay is the cleanup of Lake Champlain, and now the problem for Gov. Phil Scott has gotten […]

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Vermont joins nine state coalition to advance carbon pricing legislation

Focus on growing jobs, helping all participate in the clean energy transformation Montpelier, VT – Sen. Chris Pearson, Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Rep. David Deen, and advocates from the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition today announced Vermont’s participation in the Carbon Costs Coalition. This multi-state coalition is focused on reducing carbon emissions, ensuring equity in policy proposals, […]

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Governor Scott’s response to Climate Commission recommendations disappoints, misses the mark

From Johanna Miller is the Energy & Climate Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council and a Climate Action Commission Appointee. Reach her at jmiller@vnrc.org or 802-223-2328 ext. 112. When Governor Scott established a Climate Action Commission in July 2017, he charged the 21 members he appointed with recommending at least three short term actions that […]

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Statement from VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe on State Budget Address

“We were encouraged to hear Gov. Scott note in his State Budget Address the importance of clean water, climate action, and investing in the future of Vermont,” said Brian Shupe, Vermont Natural Resources Council Executive Director. “However, we are deeply concerned that his statements lacked specificity or commitment to putting adequate resources behind these important […]

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In-depth legislative lowdown & look forward on climate action in Vermont

January 22, 2018 Update Despite consensus in Vermont from the highest levels of state government on down that we must tackle the challenge of climate change, our state’s carbon pollution is rising. Our rhetoric far outpaces our actions. There is no time to waste in changing this trajectory – and significant job-creation opportunities for everyone […]

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

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Welcome 2018 legislative session interns!

Each year, VNRC welcomes a select number of interns to our office during the legislative session. Our interns gain hands-on experience working on strategic campaigns and organizational projects that tackle concrete problems and solutions on a state and local level relating to climate action, clean water concerns, forest integrity, environmental policy, thriving and sustainable communities, and more. […]

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We want to hear from you: 2018 member survey

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 […]

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Elizabeth Courtney: Time for a miracle

This commentary is by Elizabeth Courtney, an author and environmental consultant who is former chair of the Environmental Board and former executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council. She is a volunteer staff at the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition. A version of this was first published in the Times Argus-Rutland Herald on Dec. 30. We […]

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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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