Climate Dispatch

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 posted shortly after 12PM on Fridays during the legislative session.


2019 CLIMATE DISPATCH


Week 20: May 24, 2019 – Featuring Abby White from Efficiency Vermont

#ClimateDispatch: Week 20. On what is likely to be the last day of the legislative session, we're joined by Abby White from Efficiency Vermont. She'll be talking about the important investments in weatherization that came out of the legislature this year.#ActonClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 24, 2019

Week 19: May 17 2019 – Featuring Rep. Kathleen James

In today's Climate Dispatch, we're joined by Kathleen James VT State Representative and Ben Edgerly Walsh of VPIRG for an update on climate action as we near the end of the legislative session. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 17, 2019

Week 18: May 10, 2019 – Featuring Rep. Mari Cordes

#ClimateDispatch: Week 18. We're live with Rep. Mari Cordes, newly elected to a leadership role in the climate solutions caucus, talking about climate legislation this week, including votes on weatherization funding.Call to action: contact your lawmakers and urge them to do everything they can on climate as the session ends.#ActonClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 10, 2019

Week 17: May 3, 2019 – Featuring Sen. Chris Bray

#ClimateDispatch: Week 17. We're live with Senator Christopher Bray, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy committee. We'll discuss the status of climate bills in the Senate, including the "weatherization for all" bill, H.63.Call to action: Call the Vermont Sergeant at Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Senators urging them to support doubling funding for weatherization, electric vehicles, and support H.63. #ActonClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 3, 2019

Week 16: April 26 2019

#ClimateDispatch: Week 16. We're live with VNRC Community Organizer Ian Hitchcock and Vermont Conservation Voters Executive Director Lauren Hierl. This week, we saw overwhelming support for a legislation to limit the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont during a public hearing. #vtpoli #ActonClimateVTCall to action: Join Vermont youth from accross the state calling for action on climate, jobs, and Justice at the Rally for the Planet on May 1st! More info at this link: http://bit.ly/2XJdWAP

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 26, 2019

Week 15: April 19 2019 – Featuring Sen. Becca Balint

#ClimateDispatch: Week 15. We're live with Senator Becca Balint, who will talk about the status of climate bills in the Vermont Senate.Call to action: Attend a public hearing on April 23rd about fossil fuel infrastructure, and the May 1 rally for the planet. More info in the comments.#ActonClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 19, 2019

 

Week 14: April 12 2019

#ClimateDispatch week 14: VNRC's Johanna Miller and VCVs's Lauren Hierl give an update on the status of this year's Climate Action Plan, including work on weatherization and Electric Vehicles (EV's).Call to action: call hour state senator to urge them to support increased funding for low income weatherization and $4.5 million for EV incentives#vtpoli #ActonClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 12, 2019

 

Week 13: April 4 2019 – Featuring Senator Allison Clarkson

#ClimateDispatch week 13. We're live with Senator Allison Clarkson, who recently introduced the Global Warming Solutions Act in the Vermont Senate. Plus, VCV Executive Director Lauren Heirl gives an update on weatherization and electric vehicles. Call to action: Contact your Senators and urge them to support weatherization funding in the Senate!

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 5, 2019

Week 12: Mar. 29 2019 – Featuring Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas

#ClimateDispatch: Week 12. We're live with Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, chair of the House Committee on Government Operations and leading member of the Climate Solutions Caucus. We'll be discussing the passage of increased weatherization funding, analysis of commuter rail, and an overview of what's coming. Call to action: See how your House representatives voted on the weatherization funding bill and thank those who supported it! Find info on the vote here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/hj190327.pdf#page=14 Bonus: Attend a transportation forum in White River Junction on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at The Engine Room in White River Junction. For information here: https://vtdigger.org/2019/03/25/save-the-date-transportation-forum-tuesday-april-9-white-river-junciton/#vtpoli #actonclimatevt

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 29, 2019

Week 11: Mar. 22 2019 – Featuring Erhard Mahnke from the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

#ClimateDispatch: Week 11. We're live with Erhard Mahnke from the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. He will be talking about H.439, a bill that would double Vermont's investment in weatherization.Call to action: contact your representatives in the Vermont House and urge them to support the weatherization bill when it comes up for a vote next week. Find your lawmakers here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ #ActonClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 22, 2019

Week 10: Mar. 15 2019 – Featuring Rep. Becca White

#ClimateDispatch: Week 10. We're live with Rep. Becca White. She serves on the House Transportation Committee, and is one of many young climate champions recently elected to the legislature.Call to Action: Help amplify the voices of Vermont Young people engaging in today's #YouthClimateStrike by calling House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and urging her to prioritize climate action in the legislaure. Call (802) 828-2245 to contact the Speaker.

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 15, 2019

 

Week 9: Mar. 1, 2019 – Featuring Rep. Diana Gonzalez

#ClimateDispatch Week 9! We're live with Rep. Diana Gonzalez and Tom Hughes of Energy Independent Vermont. They'll be discussing H.477, the Vermont Equity and Infrastructure Act. This bill is the most ambitious climate proposal to come out of the legislature this year. Call to action: contact your lawmakers are urge them to support H.477. bonus: join us for a webinar at next Monday at noon on why this is so important. #ActonClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 1, 2019

Week 8: Feb. 22, 2019 – Featuring Senator Dick McCormack

#ClimateDispatch week 8. We're live with Senator Dick McCormack, co chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and member of the Senate Appropriations committee, and Vermont Conservation Voters Executive Director Lauren Heirl talking about upcoming budget hearings. Call to action: attend a public hearing on the proposed budget next Monday and tell lawmakers to support increased funding for weatherization (particularly low income) and electrifying transportation as part of a climate package in the budget! #ActonClimateVTFind a hearing near you here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Announcement-Uploads/Press_Release_FY20_Community-Based_Public_Hearings.pdf

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Week 7: Feb. 15, 2019 – Featuring Rep. David Yacovone

#ClimateDispatch week 7! We're live with Rep. David Yacovone, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and VPIRG Climate and Energy Program Director Ben Edgerly Walsh. We'll be discussing the proposed budget and it's implications for climate action. Call to Action: Attend a public hearing on the proposed budget on Mon. Feb 25th, and tell VT lawmakers to support the Climate Package in this year's budget. Find a hearing near you here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/home/noteworthy/announcements/#vtpoli #ActonClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 15, 2019

Week 6: Feb. 8, 2019 – Featuring Rep. Selene Colburn

#ClimateDispatch week 6! We're live with Vermont Conservation Voters Executive Director Lauren Heirl and Rep Selene Colburn, who will discuss the work of the Climate Solutions Caucus and legislative activity this week, including the no new fossil fuels infrastructure bills.#vtpoli #ActonClimateVTCall to action: reach out to your lawmakers to make sure that there are real investments on climate in the budget, including investing in EV infrastructure and mass transit!

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 8, 2019

 

Week 5: Feb. 1, 2019 – Featuring Lt. Governor David Zuckerman

#ClimateDispatch: Week 5. We're live with VT Lt. Governor David Zuckerman to talk about how he would like to see us #ActonClimateVT this session. Call to action: ask your lawmakers what they are doing this year to address the climate crisis. #vtpoli VT Lt. Gov. Zuckerman

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 1, 2019

 

Week 4: Jan. 25, 2019 – Featuring Sen. Chris Pearson

Week 3: Jan. 18, 2019 – Featuring Rep. Tim Briglin, new Chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee

#ClimateDispatch: Week 3! We're live with the new chair of the House Committee on Energy and Technology, Tim Briglin, who will give an overview of his priorities for the work of the committee and an update about what is coming. Call to action: join us (or tune in online) to our press conference to roll out our climate action platform at 11am in the Cedar Creek room at the Statehouse next Wednesday, January 23rd.#Actonclimatevt #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 18, 2019

 

Week 2: Jan. 11, 2019 – Featuring Rep. Mary Sullivan, Climate Solutions Caucus Co-Chair and member of the House Transportation Committee

Week 1: Jan. 4, 2019

We're back! In our first Climate Dispatch of 2019, VNRC's Johanna Miller and VCV's Lauren Hierl offer a preview of legislative priorities on climate and energy to #ActOnClimateVT in the upcoming Legislative Session! Call to action: join 350 Vermont and @Rights & Democracy VT for their "Power to the People" Lobby Day on the opening day of the session, January 9th. #vtpoliFind Information about the "Power to the People" Lobby Day here: https://www.facebook.com/events/548487602293066/

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 4, 2019

 


2018 CLIMATE DISPATCH


Week 20

Welcome to our 20th Climate Dispatch! VNRC’s Johanna Miller and Vermont Conservation Voters’ Lauren Hierl review the 2018 legislative session… which is still not finalized. And they give an update on what’s still in play on climate and clean energy. Please like and share! #ActOnClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 18, 2018

 

Week 19: featuring Rep. David Deen

Climate Dispatch Week 19: f. Rep. David Deen

Climate Dispatch Week 19! Our guest today is longtime climate champion Rep. David Deen! We’re in the last minutes of the legislative session, so we need everyone to call the Governor (802.828.3333) and urge him to take his own Climate Action Commission’s recommendations seriously and move them forward! Don’t forget to 👍 and share this video and spread the #ActOnClimateVT message. #birkenstocks

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 11, 2018

 

Week 18: featuring Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe

Climate Dispatch 18: ft. Tim Ashe

Don’t miss today’s 18th Climate Dispatch with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe! Today’s action: call the Governor and ask him to take his Climate Action Commission’s recommendations seriously. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, May 4, 2018

 

Week 17: featuring Senators Dick McCormack and Alice Nitka

Climate Dispatch 17: ft. Dick McCormack & Alice Nitka

Climate Dispatch Week 17! Today we have not two but three dispatchers! Johanna Miller is joined by Senators Dick McCormack and Alice Nitka of Windsor District. Today’s action: call your senators to say thank you for keeping the climate package in the budget! #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 27, 2018

 

Week 16: featuring VNRC and VCV legislative intern Aleks Taylor

Climate Dispatch 16: ft. Aleks Taylor

Climate Dispatch Week 16! Today Vermont Conservation Voters’s Lauren Hierl is joined by VNRC and VCV legislative intern Aleks Taylor! Today’s action: Make sure your senators know to support the climate package in the budget! #ActOnClimateVT #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 20, 2018

 

Week 15: featuring Senator Ginny Lyons

Climate Dispatch: Week 15, w/ Sen. Ginny Lyons

Climate Dispatch Week 15! Lauren Hierl at Vermont Conservation Voters is joined today by Senator Ginny Lyons! Today’s action: ask your senators to support the climate package in the budget and the appliance efficiency standards bill (H.410)! #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 13, 2018

 

Week 14: featuring VNRC Energy & Climate Community Organizer Hannah Huber

Climate Dispatch: Week 14

Climate Dispatch Week 14! Our organizer, Hannah Huber, joins Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters to say thanks! Today’s action: Make sure your senators know (call 1-800-322-5616) you support the climate action package in the budget. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, April 6, 2018

 

Week 13: featuring Rebecca Ramos from the Necrason Group

Climate Dispatch: Week 13

Climate Dispatch Week 13. Today Johanna Miller is with Rebecca Ramos of Necrason Group. Take action by urging your senators to pass the climate section of the State budget! Call 1-800-322-5616 to leave a message with your senators. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 30, 2018

 

Week 12: Town Meeting Week (no Climate Dispatch)

 

Week 11: featuring VPIRG’s Ben Edgerly Walsh

Climate Dispatch: Week 11, 2018: Lots going on in the VT House and Senate on climate and clean energy! Hear from Vermont Conservation Voters' Lauren Hierl and VPIRG's Ben Edgerly Walsh This week's action: Contact your Senators to take up and pass H.410 – improved appliance efficiency standards. #actonclimatevt #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 23, 2018

 

Week 10: featuring Rep. Matthew Trieber

Climate Dispatch Week 10: VNRC's Johanna Miller speaks with Rep Matt Trieber who offers an overview of the package of climate action priorities – all of which were recommendations of the Governor's Climate Action Commission #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 16, 2018

 

Week 9: featuring Rep. Michael Yantachka

Climate Dispatch: Week 9, 2018

Representative Michael Yantachka and Vermont Conservation Voters' Lauren Hierl give a pre-Town Meeting Day update on a miscellaneous energy bill, changes to Efficiency Vermont's program, and the carbon pricing study effort. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, March 2, 2018

 

Week 8: featuring VPIRG’s Sarah Wolfe

Climate Dispatch: Week 8

Climate Dispatch: Week 8! Our Johanna Miller is joined today by VPIRG’s Sarah Wolfe! A carbon pricing study bill begins to move forward, while Efficiency Vermont's budget is threatened… Take action: call your legislators to ask them to help the study bill continue to move, and to defend Efficiency Vermont's budget. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 23, 2018

 

Week 7: Featuring Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman

Climate Dispatch: Week 7

Happy Climate Dispatch Friday! Today Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters talks with VT Lt. Gov. Zuckerman! Take action: Call the Governor at 802-828-3333 to ask him to follow the recommendations of his own climate action commission and support policies to tackle the issue. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 16, 2018

 

Week 6: featuring Rep. Mollie Burke

Climate Dispatch: Week 6, 2018

Happy Climate Dispatch Friday! Mollie S. Burke – Vermont State Representative and our 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. #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 9, 2018

 

Week 5

Climate Dispatch: Week 5, 2018

Happy Friday! Here’s your Climate Dispatch on week 5 of the legislative session brought to you by VCV’s Lauren Hierl and our Johanna Miller! Today’s action: call the House Speaker Mitzi Johnson at 802.828.2245 and thank her for her commitment to #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, February 2, 2018

 

Week 4: featuring Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas and VBSR’s Dan Barlow

Climate Dispatch: Week 4, 2018

Climate Dispatch on week 4 of the legislative session brought to you by Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)’s Daniel William Barlow! Share this video! #ActOnClimateVT

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 26, 2018

 

Week 3: featuring Sen. Alison Clarkson

Climate Dispatch: Week 3, 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 802.828.3333 and urging the administration to include all five (see below) of the Vermont Climate Action Commission’s recommendations in the State’s budget! #ActOnClimateVTThe Vermont Climate Action Commission, created by Governor Phil Scott, recommends the administration:1. Support Advanced Wood Heat 2. Increase Pace of Weatherization 3. Study All Regulatory and Market Decarbonization Mechanisms 4. Foster the Climate Economy 5. Electrify the Transportation System

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 19, 2018

 

Week 2: featuring Rep. Mary Sullivan

Climate Dispatch: Week 2, 2018

Climate Dispatch on week 2 of the legislative session from VNRC’s Johanna Miller and Representative Mary Sullivan of Burlington! Engage in the #ActOnClimateVT conversation and contact 📞💻📱📝 your legislators! (Find your legislators’ contact info at legislature.vermont.gov.)350 Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), VPIRG, Energy Independent Vermont, Renewable Energy Vermont, Conservation Law Foundation, Rights & Democracy VT, Capstone Community Action, Sierra Club – Vermont Chapter, Toxics Action Center, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light, Vermont Council on Rural Development, VERA Renewables

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 12, 2018

 

Week 1

Climate Dispatch: Week 1, 2018

Our first dispatch from the State House on climate! Johanna Miller of VNRC and Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters here on how the first week of the 2018 legislative session went. Follow the #ActOnClimateVT conversation and stay tuned for another update next Friday. Submit your comment about the VW mitigation funds here: http://vermontconservationvoters.com/actions/submit-comment-vw-mitigation-funds/ #vtpoli

Posted by Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) on Friday, January 5, 2018