Education and Advocacy

There is no state in the nation better positioned to shape its future, including on issues related to how we use and generate energy. In partnership with organizations, businesses, communities, members and concerned citizens, VNRC works to help Vermonters chart a sustainable, clean energy future by raising awareness and motivating meaningful action on energy solutions that:

  • Grow Vermont’s economy.
  • Protect our environment.
  • Combat climate change.

We undertake exhaustive research and analysis and develop, promote and help implement bold, workable clean energy solutions. From digging in at the local level with committed Vermonters to helping to shape state-level policy, our work takes us from the grassroots to the Legislature.

With more Vermonters focused on developing efficient, renewable, homegrown energy solutions, Vermont can turn the state’s energy challenges into opportunity. Find out how you can get involved — including how you can start or join a community energy committee — by contacting VNRC’s Energy Program Director Johanna Miller at or 802-223-2328 ext. 112.

2018 Legislative Session Updates

Curious what is happening at the State House and how you can make your voice heard? Tune into the online conversation by following the #ActOnClimateVT hashtag on social media, and watch our weekly legislative update:

  • Week 1: Jan. 5, 2018 >> Our first dispatch from the State House on climate! Johanna Miller of VNRC and Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters discuss the first week of the 2018 legislative session. This week’s action: Submit your comment about the VW mitigation funds.
  • Week 2: Jan. 12, 2018 >> Climate dispatch from week 2 of the legislative session with VNRC’s Johanna Miller and Rep. Mary Sullivan of Burlington. This week’s action: Contact your legislators and ask them to make sure the VW Mitigation Funds are put to a good use and not to support “clean diesel”, and to support putting a price on carbon pollution.
  • Week 3: Jan. 19, 2018 >> This week’s Climate Dispatch comes from Vermont Conservation Voters‘ Lauren Hierl and Senator Alison Hudnut Clarkson. Take action by calling the Governor’s office at 802-828-3339 and urge the administration to include all five of the Vermont Climate Action Commission’s recommendations in the State’s budget!
  • Week 4: Jan. 26, 2018 >> This week’s Climate Dispatch is brought to you by Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Learn more about the ESSEX Plan here and contact your legislators to let the know you want them to take action on climate this session.
  • Week 5: Feb. 2, 2018 >> Climate Dispatch on week 5 of the legislative session brought to you by Vermont Conservation Voters‘s Lauren Hierl and our Johanna Miller! Today’s action: call the House Speaker Mitzi Johnson at 802.828.2245 and thank her for instructing all of her committees to do something towards climate action.
  • Week 6: Feb. 9, 2018 >> Representative Mollie Burke and VNRC’s Johanna Miller explain what went on this week. Today’s action: Call your legislators and urge them to support both a study on carbon pricing (H.763) and a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure (H.746) in Vermont.