PFAS Ban Bill Passes Senate in Unanimous Vote

In a huge win for the health of Vermont’s people and environment, the Vermont Senate unanimously passed S.295 today, a bill banning PFAS in certain products including firefighting foam, carpets/rugs, and food packaging. The term ‘PFAS’ refers to a very large (and ever growing, with more research being done all…

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VPIRG and Allies Send Vote-By-Mail Petition to Governor; SOS

Last week VPIRG and a coalition of allies sent the following letter to Governor Phil Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos calling on them to immediately institute a vote-by-mail system in Vermont. The letter was accompanied by a petition signed by just over 1,180 Vermonters in support of this…

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WEBINAR: Community Organizing & Volunteer Opportunities around COVID-19

Event Details: Wednesday, April 1, 4pm VPIRG’s Maeve Power facilitates this conversation with Jenna Koloski (Vermont Council for Rural Development), Carrie Baker Stahler (Green Mountain United Way), Rebecca Sanborn Stone (organizer in the White River Valley), and Monique Priestly (organizer in the Upper Valley). Tune in for information on how…

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Climate Action Film Festival Goes Digital in Response to COVID-19

You may have heard some buzz recently about SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival, featuring short films from near and far profiling inspiring individuals and communities working to take action to address the climate crisis. Many screenings have already taken place across the state, and several more were planned for the coming weeks.…

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Global Warming Solutions Act Passes on House Floor

In a HUGE win for climate action, the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688, passed through the House of Representatives this afternoon in a 105-37 vote, sending it to the Senate with a strong message of support. (Check out how your rep voted here!) The success of the Solutions Act in the…

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Faith Community Demands Climate Action in 2020

Faith leaders and activists from all over the state convened at the State House on Thursday, February 20th to urge law makers to prioritize climate action and to support the four major bills of the Climate Solutions Caucus 2020 platform. Notably, these members of the religious community called on legislators…

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Breaking Down the Global Warming Solutions Act

The climate crisis is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, punishing heat waves and growing tick populations are just some of the impacts. Since 2006, Vermont has had statutory goals to cut carbon pollution and do our part to…

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EV Incentive Program Moves to Senate

The electric vehicle incentive program made it into the budget and out of the House late last month, with Representatives allocating $1.5 million to the program. This is a far cry from the $4.5 million VPIRG and our allies have advocated for this session. As it moves on for consideration…

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VT House Votes to Boost Low-Income Weatherization Funding

In a win for climate action, H.439, a bill to increase the funding of weatherization efforts in Vermont, passed the House and now moves onto the Senate. The bill increases the fuels tax by 2 cents a gallon, which will bring in $4.5 million more in revenue for weatherization projects…

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