VNRC keeps a daily presence at the State House to provide expertise and advocate for legislation that promotes the quality of Vermont's environment. Throughout our history we have been responsible for passage of some of Vermont’s landmark environmental laws. On this page, you'll find a summary of current bills we're working with, what they mean, and where they stand in the Legislature.

Legislative News

Governor Scott’s Veto of Landmark Renewable Energy Bill is Short-Sighted

Montpelier, VT — In a dismaying attempt to obstruct Vermont’s environmental and economic progress, today Governor Scott vetoed compromise legislation aimed at modernizing the Renewable Energy Standard and setting the state…

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Two Things: Legislative Wrap-Up and Collaborating on Community Climate Solutions

Two Things: Recapping policy progress as the Legislature has adjourned, and inviting you to join VECAN for a summit to collaborate on community climate solutions.  Stay informed, stay connected – two things.  That’s a…

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Climate Superfund Act Passes Vermont Legislature, Heads to Governor Phil Scott

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Senate gave final approval today to landmark legislation that holds the largest fossil fuel companies financially accountable for a portion of the costs of climate…

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Act 250

Act 250

The legislation that has protected Vermont for 50 years.

Act 250 has helped shape the Vermont we love today. But, the program is more than 50 years old and should be updated to meet all of today’s challenges, including climate change, forest fragmentation, and increasing the availability of affordable, smart growth housing. It is time to consider how Act 250 can be reformed to better support help address our housing crisis while simultaneously protecting our natural resources and communities. Solutions to these issues can go hand in hand. In 2024, VNRC is looking forward to working with legislators, and partners such as planning commission leaders, housing developers, The Forest Partnership, climate advocates, and many more, to advance Act 250 reform that can strengthen Vermont’s environment, communities, and the overall quality of life in our state.

Click here to read more about how VNRC is working to modernize Act 250 in 2024.

Resilience Policies

Protecting our waterways and strengthening our communities

As Vermont experienced firsthand this summer, the climate crisis is already threatening our communities through increasingly severe weather events and flooding. The Legislature must work swiftly and strategically to advance policies that strengthen our resilience, protect critical natural resources and waterways, and support our communities in adapting to climate change. Learn more about the importance of protecting our wetlands and riparian areas, and the key resilience recommendations VNRC is advocating for this Legislative session, below.

Learn more about our key resilience recommendations for 2024.
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