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Proposals for Tax Reform and Climate Action Announced by Lawmakers

Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Diana Gonzalez, Johannah Leddy Donovan, and Martin LaLonde introduced four bills to the Legislature this month that focus on tax reform and putting a price on carbon pollution. Each proposal offers a different revenue neutral tax reform paired with a gradually rising fee on carbon pollution paid by the companies that […]

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Vermont College Joins Carbon Neutrality Effort

This month, Middlebury College announced that it had achieved a net zero carbon footprint, a goal the college has been working towards for years. Carbon neutrality means the college has balanced the measured amount of carbon pollution it produces with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Key steps to reaching this goal included transitioning nearly […]

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Federal Ethanol Mandate Destroys Wildlife Habitat, Impacts Climate

A new report by the National Wildlife Federation – VNRC’s national affiliate – details how the federal Renewable Fuel Standard has caused more harm than good to both wildlife habitat and the climate. In Vermont alone, the policy has resulted in nearly 6,500 acres of wildlife habitat loss between 2008 and 2012 – the equivalent […]

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Vermont Utilities to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use, Increase Energy Innovation

The law, Act 56, will require Vermont utilities to help their customers reduce their fossil fuel through Energy Innovation Projects. Additionally, the law requires utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy in their portfolios by 75 percent by 2032, including meeting 10 percent of that requirement through small, distributed generation. “Act 56 sets a […]

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VECAN Conference Offers Skills, Resources for Local Climate Action

Nearly 300 people attended the 9th annual VECAN Conference to explore local leadership opportunities aimed at advancing the state’s goal of reaching 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. As speakers and many attendees noted throughout the day, now – more than ever – local clean energy and climate action is where progress, innovation and economic […]

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Director Brian Shupe’s Commentary on Why Vermont’s Energy Transition Matters

Original article featured in The Times Argus, September 18, 2016. Vermonters use a lot of energy to heat our homes, power our lives and transport us where we need to go. Virtually all of the energy we use to drive our cars, trucks and buses is imported into the state, as is the vast majority […]

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VNRC Seeks Energy Program Associate

Energy Program Community Outreach Associate

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Ellen Kahler to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

TWEET: Ellen Kahler receives @VNRCorg Art Gibb Award for sustainable #VT #Farm & #Forestry economic growth via @VTFarm2Plate @VTBioenergy efforts Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this month for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural […]

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Join Us for an Energy Conservation Home Tour

You are invited to join Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) staff for a special energy conservation tour with board member Richard Czaplinski at his home and orchard in Adamant/East Montpelier on Saturday, October 3. Each tour is free but any donation or membership to VNRC will be matched up to $1000! With freshly pressed apple […]

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ANR Unveils New Report on Forest Fragmentation

Sign On Letter to Support Vermont’s Forests Forests press release final FOREST FRAGMENTATION_FINAL-1

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