Clean Energy & Climate Action

VNRC takes a multi-pronged approach to help Vermonters combat the increasingly urgent climate crisis. From digging in at the local level with committed Vermonters to helping to advance strong state policy and in between, we combine exhaustive research, communications, public engagement, and policy advocacy to ensure Vermont embraces bold, equitable, job-creating clean energy solutions. We fundamentally believe that to change everything, we will need everyone. That means you!

For questions or inquiries:

Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director

802-223-2328 x112

Dan Fingas, Climate Action Coordinator

802-223-2328 ext: 118

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At A Glance

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Global Warming Solutions Act: Climate Council

Get updates on the Climate Council's work to ensure Vermont meets our emissions reduction goals.

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Modernizing Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard

This legislative session, VNRC is advocating for critical reforms to Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and position Vermont for a successful clean energy future.

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Clean Energy and Efficiency

Helping Vermont save money, reduce pollution, and create jobs by reducing the energy needed to heat homes and businesses

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Climate Action News

Three Things: Huge Success for the Environment! Historic Veto Overrides of the Act 250 Modernization Bill, Renewable Energy Standard, and Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban!

Three Things: In a record-setting veto override session, three of VNRC’s top priorities made it into law in a historic year for Vermont’s commitment to the environment and sustainable communities….

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Landmark 100% Renewable Energy Standard Enacted – Vermont General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto

Montpelier, VT — The Vermont General Assembly voted today to overwhelminglyendorse H.289 to modernize the Renewable Energy Standard and set Vermont utilitieson track to deliver 100% renewable electricity by 2035…

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Two Things: Veto Overrides and the State of the Lake

Two Things: A legislative update as the veto override session approaches, and the 2024 State of the Lake Report. Stay informed, stay connected – two things. Key Bills Head for…

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Climate Dispatch

Wondering what's happening at the State House and how you can make your voice heard?
Tune into timely, big conversations – and opportunities to influence them – by following the #ActOnClimateVT hashtag on social media. Watch our weekly legislative update posted shortly after 12PM every Friday during the legislative session.
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Community Action

Town Energy & Climate Action Committees

In 2005, VNRC co-founded the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network – VECAN – which is a collaborative of organizations working to start and strengthen community energy committees. We support grassroots efforts to implement local energy innovation projects and help the state make progress towards our necessarily ambitious clean energy and climate action goals.

As of 2019, there are over 120 town energy committees across Vermont. We support their inspiring work by offering networking, communications, capacity building, and direct technical assistance, which includes providing turnkey resources (like model solar contracts) that energy committees can use to move projects forward more easily.

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