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NWF on climate change, wildlife, and how you can help

Climate change is one of the greatest ecological, economic, and societal challenges the United States has ever faced. Climate pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane, also referred to as greenhouse gases (GHGs), are being released at an alarming rate primarily from fossil fuel use, trapping heat and making our planet warm. While this warming effect […]

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NWF Virtual Wildlife Climate March features Vermonters

On April 29, 2017, the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., sent an important message to our leaders in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of the Interior: Take real action to fight pollution that changes our climate. The time is now to protect clean air, water, and land.   National […]

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Art Gibb Award winner draws attention to environmental challenges

By Yvette Shi, Addison Independent MIDDLEBURY — Facing President Donald Trump’s agressive agenda against environmental policies, it’s fitting the Vermont Natural Resources Council honored  Ripton resident Warren King for his lifetime of environmental stewardship this past Thursday. King, whose career has spanned the globe, now heralds action at the local level as the best course […]

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Vermont: Take Action on Climate Change & Protect Our Outdoor Recreation

This autumn, there are several important opportunities for you to help us let Vermont decision makers know the time is now to take action on climate and steward our natural resources for generations to come. We hope to see you at these public meetings: Vermont Climate Action Commission The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series […]

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Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action

Across Vermont this summer and fall, VNRC and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility are convening panel discussions and audience-engaged conversations about how Vermont can take real action on climate change – and benefit from it. Each event will highlight the current state of climate (in)action in Vermont focus the conversation and recommended actions on the job-creating, […]

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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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