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Bill introduced to use VW settlement money for electrification

On January 23, Rep. Mary Sullivan (D-Chittenden-6-5) introduced legislation (H.682) that limits the use of VW funds to electrification projects, including installing charging stations around Vermont, electrifying school and transit buses, and electrifying medium and large trucks. Rep. Sullivan was joined by 40 of her colleagues as cosponsors on the legislation. This follows a decision …

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Hundreds gather for Crossroads Conference in Burlington

On Saturday, November 11th hundreds of Vermonters gathered at Champlain College in Burlington for the 2017 Vermont Crossroads Conference. VPIRG co-hosted the day-long event along with a number of other prominent organizations: ACLU, Main Street Alliance, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Rights and Democracy, Toxics Action Center, VNRC, the Vermont-NEA, Justice for All and …

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2017 Summer Canvass: Most Successful in VPIRG History

At the end of August, the 2017 VPIRG Summer Canvass wrapped up what was the most successful canvassing operation in VPIRG history–by far. Led by ten canvass directors, VPIRG staffed over 100 canvassers throughout the summer, with a peak staff size of 94—the largest in VPIRG history. The campaign, called “Vermont Fights Back,” focused on …

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2017 Legislative Midpoint Overview

Since the start of the 2017 legislative session, VPIRG members and supporters have been more active than ever: signing petitions, calling the State House, sending messages to and meeting with legislators on a wide range of public interest issues. VPIRG has been doing all that we can to fight back against federal attacks on the …

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VPIRG Co-Hosts Climate Webinar with Bernie Sanders

On Wednesday, February 8th, VPIRG and a host of other Vermont environmental organizations co-hosted a webinar featuring Senator Bernie Sanders. The webinar, titled “Moving Forward on Climate without DC,” attracted nearly 1,000 viewers across the state and around the country. Senator Sanders reiterated the importance of climate action, and emphasized the role that states like Vermont …

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Groups and citizens deliver pro-clean energy petition to lawmakers to kick off session

The 2017-2018 legislative session began this week with the swearing in of recently elected candidates and the election of legislative leaders, including a new Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and many other key positions in the legislature. Late this morning, VPIRG delivered a petition to every legislator in the house and senate, as …

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Climate Solutions Summit mobilizes hundreds

On November 19th, nearly 200 Vermonters from all across the state gathered at Main Street Landing in Burlington to push for action to address global warming in the upcoming legislative session. The “Climate Solutions Summit,” – which VPIRG co-hosted with our coalition partners at Energy Independent Vermont – included a variety of panels and workshops …

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