Shupe: Getting there

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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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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 […]

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Unhappy Birthday: Time to Rethink Ethanol as the Mandate Turns 10

From Jon Groveman, VNRC Policy & Water Program Director When it comes to protecting our environment, the news coming out of Washington D.C. these days has gone from bad to worse. The Trump Administration has rolled out policy after policy that weakens or eliminates protections for public health and our environment. Withdrawing from the Paris […]

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Vermont Climate Action Commission makes five short-term recommendations

From Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director  Yesterday, the Vermont Climate Action Commission – the 21-member diverse stakeholder group charged by Governor Phil Scott to make recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – advanced a set of five short-term recommendations to start doing just that. Beyond recommending initial steps to advance modern wood heating, transportation […]

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Let your voice be heard on climate action

If you haven’t already shared your perspectives on climate action with the Governor’s Climate Action Commission, please do so by December 14! That’s when Commissioners will be voting on the short-term, initial actions they believe the Governor should move on immediately to turn the tide on our rising greenhouse gas emissions. Ensure your recommendations for action […]

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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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