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VNRC submits letter with VLCT on H.663

Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns recently submitted a letter summarizing their shared position on H.663, an act relating to municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses. Read the full letter here.

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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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Call for 2018 Art Gibb Award nominations

Nomination forms are now available for the 2018 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. This annual award is presented to a Vermont resident who embodies Arthur Gibb’s leadership skills and ability to balance competing interests in crafting innovative solutions, and who has made a lasting contribution to moving smart growth policies forward in their community, […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council seeking applications for Small Grants for Smart Growth Program

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking applications for its 2018 Small Grants for Smart Growth Program. The grant program, launched this year, provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives related to Smart Growth including: (1) advocacy for better land use through municipal planning, regulations, or advocacy in the permit process; (2) initiatives in the […]

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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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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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Woods. (Photo: Blake Gardner)

Strong Communities

From Kate McCarthy, VNRC Sustainable Communities Director Downtown Montpelier is Vermont Natural Resources Council’s home — we’ve been here for more than 50 years. Some of us live in Montpelier, and some of us just work here, but we all love and appreciate what the place has to offer: walkability, the opportunity to run into […]

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We’re hiring: Membership & Outreach Coordinator

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to serve as our Membership & Outreach Coordinator. Duties include: Engaging with VNRC’s members and partners and representing VNRC in a variety of public settings. Assisting with and coordinating regular fundraising appeals and direct mail campaigns; Maintaining VNRC’s membership database, and […]

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