Advancing the Global Warming Solutions Act

In September 2020 the Vermont Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688). It will require Vermont to lower its climate-damaging emissions while creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing burdens for rural and marginalized communities to access clean energy, transportation, heating, and housing. Learn more here about how the Solutions Act can usher in a resilient, green recovery from COVID-19.

The road to passage wasn’t easy. VNRC worked with a diverse 30-member coalition representing environmental, climate justice, low income, business, public health, youth, and faith organizations to advance the legislation, which passed the Vermont Senate and the Vermont House of Representatives, but was vetoed by Governor Scott.

The Global Warming Solutions Act became law on September 22, 2020 after the House (103-47) and Senate (22-8) voted overwhelmingly to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. We thank the legislators who voted YES to seize this critical opportunity for climate action!

Learn more about the Solutions Act at

Our Victories

Honey bee closeup on sunflower

Protecting Pollinators from Harmful Pesticides

Solar Panel on flooded field

Improving Flood Resilience

VCV's Executive Director, Lauren Hierl, speaks at the launch of the Make Big Oil Pay campaign in Burlington

Making Big Oil Pay

Solar panels and sun reflection under dramatic sky

Committing to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

Girl drinking water

Removing Lead Fixtures from Schools

State house in fall with people on lawn

Furthering Environmental Justice

Removing Derelict Dams

Strengthening Act 250

VNRC has been very effective in creating change in this area.

Fighting PFAS and Toxic Contamination

Protecting the Land and Views at Exit 4

Guiding Municipalities to Implement Act 171

Forming and Supporting Energy Committees

Protecting the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Ensuring Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Promoting Statewide Dam Safety

Preserving Downtown Bennington

Convening the Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Securing Clean Water Funding

Maintaining Current Use

Banning Billboards

Declaring Groundwater a Public Trust