October 23 is Vermont Early Ballot Return Day!

To ensure your voice is heard in this critical election, commit to returning your ballot on or before October 23rd.  RSVP today at https://www.facebook.com/events/1002555240260780/ Burlington residents are invited to join us outside Burlington City Hall on Friday, October 23rd between 2:00 – 5:00 PM to return their ballots at the…

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Toxic chemicals used in take-out food packaging from popular food chains

A new report released today by the Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund (VPIREF), Vermont Conservation Voters, the Mind the Store campaign, Toxic-Free Future, and other partners found that nearly half of all take-out food packaging tested from multiple popular food chains contains potentially toxic chemicals. The new investigation…

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VT Single-Use Plastics Ban Takes Effect

Great news – Vermont’s Single-Use Plastics Ban goes into effect today! Last year, VPIRG worked hard to advocate for the passage of this best-in-the-nation legislation, and we couldn’t have done it without support from our members, supporters, and allies across the state. As you well know, we face a real…

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VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

Today the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act. After the final reading, the bill heads back to the House for final approval, before being sent to the Governor for his signature. We are grateful to President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman…

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Our Priorities Have Shifted…

VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns here. Like so many others, I am working from home, making sure friends and relatives are secure, figuring out how to homeschool our 3rd grader, and trying to adjust. I know I’m lucky. So many Vermonters now find themselves on the front lines: medical professionals,…

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Vermonters Want to Join the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI)

Vermonters support the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) – a bipartisan, regional effort to modernize transportation systems and reduce pollution – and want Gov. Phil Scott to join the compact.  Of the 353 comments submitted by Vermonters through the Scott administration’s TCI portal between April 2019 and February 2020, more than four out of five comments (83%) support the initiative. In addition to…

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2020 Mid-Session Legislative Update

We’re nearly halfway through the 2020 legislative session, and thanks to strong support from our members and allies across the state, we’ve made important progress on a number of pieces of essential legislation.    We’re heartened by our accomplishments thus far, but we know we aren’t the only ones taking…

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ICYMI: Campaign 101 for Climate Champions Webinar

The Vermont House and Senate need more climate champions. Could you be one? As the only state in New England to experience a rise in greenhouse gas pollution since 1990 and the state with the highest per capita emissions, it’s clear that Vermont is moving in the wrong direction. In…

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Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont in 2019

While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in…

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30 Vermont Groups Present a 2020 Plan for Climate Action

Today at the Vermont State House, 30 Vermont organizations representing business, youth, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and other diverse interests presented a policy plan for climate action in 2020. You can find the plan at www.actonclimatevt.org/s/2020-Climate-Platform.pdf. The plan proposes a concise and essential platform for Vermont to do its…

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