Our Work

Moving Forward on Climate Without Washington Hosts

Audubon Vermont

Audubon Vermont is the state program of the National Audubon Society; our mission is to protect birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. Climate change is the biggest threat to birds in Vermont. Audubon has a variety of resources and programs to help homeowners and landowners manage their properties to create a more resilient landscape.  We also are working to promote renewable energy siting that minimizes its impacts on bird habitat so Vermont can reach our energy goals and maintain healthy habitats and bird populations. Contact Jim Shallow, Managing Director, at vermont@audubon.org or visit www.vt.audubon.org.

Conservation Law Foundation

Conservation Law Foundation forges lasting solutions to environmental challenges for the people of New England. For 50 years, CLF has taken on powerful opponents who would pollute our air and water and squander our resources. CLF’s deep local knowledge, legal acumen, and policy expertise make CLF a prime mover and key partner for communities, organizations and lawmakers in building our clean energy future, countering climate change, and safeguarding our communities. We never give up and go home because we are home. Go online at www.clf.org.

Energy Independent Vermont

Energy Independent Vermont is the growing coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations, health care professionals, low-income advocates, students, athletes, clergy, economists and Town Energy Committees working together to address climate change and strengthen Vermont’s economy by pricing carbon pollution. Learn more and join the effort. Visit http://www.energyindependentvt.org/volunteer/ or contact Adam Maxwell at amaxwell@vnrc.org.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation works to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our Northeast Regional Office, based in Montpelier, works on a variety of clean energy and climate issues from New Jersey to Maine. Our primary focus in Vermont is protecting Lake Champlain from the transportation of dangerous and dirty oil by rail along the Lake Champlain corridor. To learn more or get involved in this work, e-mail Zach Cockrum at Cockrumz@nwf.org, and go online at www.nwf.org.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Grassroots Fund supports local groups working on community sustainability initiatives across New England through direct financial support, capacity building trainings, and resources. The Grassroots Fund’s Grow Grant deadline for funding of up to $3,500 is coming up on March 15th. Groups (including ad-hoc, volunteer run groups) working on energy & climate, local food, environmental health, land & water, or the new economy that are building community and addressing issues of social equity are welcome to apply. The Grassroots Fund also invites you to participate in the RootSkills Training Series, which offers webinars and workshops for grassroots leaders on topics that are directly relevant to your work such as fundraising, communications, and group governance. Contact Leigh Cameron at leigh@grassrootsfund.org or 603-905-9915 with questions or to discuss a potential grant application, and go online at www.grassrootsfund.org.

Renewable Energy Vermont

Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont.  Vermont’s clean energy economy supports at least 17,700 sustainable jobs at 2,519 businesses, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, Vermont can achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) by 2050. For more information or to get involved, contact Olivia Campbell Andersen at Olivia@revermont.org or www.revermont.org.

Rights & Democracy

Rights & Democracy is a grassroots organization that started in 2015 to organize across movements to win meaningful change at the local and state level and impact elections. In addition to working on many interconnected issues of social and economic justice, we are working with our partners to build a clean water economy, renewable energy systems and expand energy democracy. In the coming months we are hosting community action meetings around the state to keep people engaged in the political revolution, and to cultivate community leaders to run for elected office at all levels.

Contact Elise Greaves at Elise@radvt.org, and go online at www.radvt.org.

The Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club

The Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer led affiliate of the national Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation. Contact Chapter Conservation Program Manager Robb Kidd at robb.kidd@sierraclub.org or visit https://vermont.sierraclub.org/.

Toxics Action Center

We work side-by-side community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites, reduce industrial pollution, curb pesticide use, ensure healthy land use, replace dangerous chemicals with safer alternatives, and oppose dangerous waste, energy, and industrial facilities. We work on issues where environmental pollution threatens our health by providing information, networking, and community organizing assistance. Learn more about our Local Environmental Action Conference coming up on Sunday, March 5th at www.localenvironmentalaction.org. Contact Shaina Kasper at shaina@toxicsaction.org, and go online at www.toxicsaction.org.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. To learn more, contact Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow at danielb@vbsr.org or visit www.vbsr.org.

Vermont Conservation Voters

Vermont Conservation Voters serves as the political action arm of Vermont’s environmental community. VCV advocates for climate action and other environmental priorities, works to hold lawmakers accountable, and helps elect pro-environmental lawmakers. Contact Lauren Hierl, Political Director, at lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org, and visit www.vermontconservationvoters.org to learn more and join now!

Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network

VECAN is the growing network of over 100 town energy committees and organizations in Vermont working to help people and communities stop wasting energy and start transitioning to clean, renewable energy supplies. These all-volunteer grassroots groups are making real, money-saving clean energy projects happen in Vermont and, increasingly, policymakers are looking to the experience of those grassroots efforts to inform their work too. Join an existing energy committee or start a committee in your community. Find out more at www.vecan.net or contact Katie Emerson at kemerson@vnrc.org or 802-223-2328 ext. 118.

Vermont Energy Education Program

VEEP supports energy and climate education in K-12 classrooms around the state of Vermont and in some parts of New Hampshire. Please contact us for more information on supporting these subjects in school education, or bringing educational programming into your local schools. Contact Cara Robechek at cara@veep.org, and go online at www.veep.org.

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

VTIPL is a statewide nonprofit that’s taking action on the climate crisis with faith/spiritual communities and individuals. We hold an annual conference, help faith communities make their buildings more energy efficient; have educational programs such as documentary film showings, and more. Contact Betsy Hardy at info@vtipl.org, and go online at www.vtipl.org.

Vermont Natural Resources Council

VNRC works from the grassroots to the Legislature to build broad support for policies, programs and practices that protect Vermont’s environment and grow a strong, efficient, renewable energy economy. As the coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), VNRC works closely with Vermont’s solutions-oriented town energy committees with the goal of ensuring state policy aligns with and supports the efficiency, renewable energy, transportation and climate goals of Vermonters. Contact Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112, and go online at www.vnrc.org.

Vermont Public Interest Research Group

The mission of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) is to promote and protect the health of Vermont’s people, environment and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens statewide. Founded in 1972, VPIRG is the largest nonprofit consumer and environmental advocacy organization in Vermont, with over 40,000 members and supporters. For 45 years, VPIRG has brought the voice of average Vermont citizens to public policy debates concerning the environment, health care, consumer protection and democracy. To learn more, join and help today visit www.vpirg.org or contact eschoenberg@vprig.org.

Vital Communities

Vital Communities is a nonprofit organization serving 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Our programs bring people together to take on issues where a regional approach and an independent voice are essential, including efforts toward Vermont’s goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050. Contact Sarah Brock at Sarah@vitalcommunities.org and go online at www.vitalcommunities.org to get involved or borrow from our proven models for local energy action.

350VT

350VT is uniting a movement for bold solutions that both lift up Vermonters and cut down carbon. We believe that everyone has a right to a secure, healthy and ecologically sound environment. To achieve this we must act in solidarity with the communities most immediately affected by the climate crisis, working for a just transition to a renewable society, and challenging inequalities rooted in race, class and gender dynamics. We are hosting a Climate Justice Leadership training program on April 7th-9th at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, VT. Learn more on our site at www.350Vermont.org or contact Jen Lazar at jen@350vt.org.