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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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Growing state leadership from Montpelier to Minneapolis

From Amber Collett, VNRC Communications Director Every year, state environmental advocates from across the country come together to connect, share resources, and encourage each other’s professional development. The State Environmental Leaders Conference (also called SELP, short for State Environmental Leaders Program – its original name) celebrated its 30th year in November 2018. Johanna Miller, VNRC’s […]

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The ESSEX Plan: Pricing pollution to boost Vermont’s economy

(Originally published by John Walters, Seven Days) An impressive group of business leaders, academics and policy experts has released a new proposal to lower Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. The ESSEX Plan was unveiled at a climate summit meeting last week in Burlington. (ESSEX is an almost-acronym for “an Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange.”) And, yes, it does […]

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Register now for the 10th annual Community Energy & Climate Action Conference

Register today! VECAN and the University of Vermont Extension are pleased to host the 10th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – a day-long event aimed at inspiring, supporting, and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in helping our state meet our efficiency, renewable energy, and […]

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Broad new transportation advocacy coalition launches, committed to increasing affordability, access, and sustainability

A diverse group of organizations, businesses, and institutions today announced the formation of a new coalition to advocate for a more sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation system in Vermont. “Transportation for Vermonters, or T4VT for short, is unique in Vermont because our focus is on advancing transportation programs and investments that go beyond getting from […]

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The Economy of the Future

From Brian Shupe, executive director. Originally published in the Rutland Herald.  This past September, more than 500 entrepreneurs, investors, public officials and business leaders gathered in Burlington to explore economic opportunity in the changing and uncertain world of climate change. The three-day Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit, organized by the Vermont Council on Rural […]

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Talking Smart Growth from Montpelier to Washington D.C.

From Kate McCarthy, VNRC Sustainable Communities Program Director Each year state and regional smart growth leaders from across the country gather for leadership development, to discuss smart growth issues, and to share innovations from our own work. This year, the ‘Smart Growth Caucus’ met in Washington, D.C. where we discussed rural and urban approaches to […]

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Share your story with the Climate Action Commission

If you haven’t already shared your perspectives with the Governor’s Climate Action Commission, you still can, and we want to make sure you know: as clean energy advocates, your story and recommendations are particularly valuable and important. Background: The Vermont Climate Action Commission was created by Governor Scott this July, and it was charged to develop […]

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Legislative Internship Opportunity with VNRC & VCV

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to help us move forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in early 2018. The intern will assist VNRC and our partner, Vermont Conservation Voters, in tracking legislation moving through the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative year (January through early May). Duties will include: […]

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