PUC Extends Halt on Utility Disconnections

On Monday, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order that would extend the moratorium on involuntary utility disconnections due to nonpayment of electricity, natural gas, and landline phone through May 31st, 2021. Under the previous order, it would have expired this Wednesday.    This is good news. We are grateful…

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Legal Aid and VPIRG lead push to prevent utility shut offs

No Vermonter should have to worry that their utilities could be disconnected during this pandemic because they are unable to make bill payments.  Last March, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order halting all involuntary utility disconnections in the wake of the emerging COVID crisis. That order is set to expire in…

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VPIRG is hiring for the 2021 Summer Canvass!

Ever wish you could get paid to have a meaningful impact on local and state politics? To hopefully (*more on that later*) travel Vermont, bike around some of the most scenic parts of the state, and make a positive impact on the most important public interest issues of our time?…

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Fund the Office of Racial Equity

This morning, the House Committee on Government Operations took testimony on H. 196. This legislation, proposed by Representative Kevin “Coach” Christie of Hartford (and co-sponsored by 36 other House Reps), would create two additional full-time equivalent (FTE) positions to support the work of the Executive Director of Racial Equity in the Administration. The positions as outlined in the bill…

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Burlington: Climate is on the Ballot this Town Meeting Day

This Town Meeting Day, Burlington voters have the opportunity to make a major impact on our city’s climate action future by voting YES on questions 3 and 7. Check out the campaign website here. These two crucial measures will empower the city to do more to transform how buildings in Burlington…

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VT Must Include $5M for Essential Workers Excluded from CARES Act

Se puede leer este artículo en español al final de esta página. In his recent budget proposal, Governor Scott included $2 million for the Immigrant Families Coronavirus Relief Fund which would provide relief to Vermonters who were left out of the federal CARES Act payments this spring. That the White…

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Let’s Talk About Environmental Justice

According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A goal which will be achieved “when everyone enjoys (1) the same…

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VPIRG at UVM!

From left to right: Kora Freeman-Gerlach, Tali Crowley, and Lily Seward — officers of the VPIRG at UVM Student Club. Guest Post from Tali Crowley, UVM Sophomore, VPIRG at UVM Club Co-President, and VPIRG Trustee VPIRG was founded at the University of Vermont in 1972 by a group of student…

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Get Inspired: SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival

Last night, more than 200 Vermonters braved the snowy weather to gather at the sold-out Burlington Premiere of the Climate Action Film Festival, organized by our friends at SunCommon. The Festival features short films from around North America highlighting volunteer conservation work, community solar projects, carbon capture, and nonviolent direct…

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Vermont Youth: “Protect Our Future. Act on Climate.”

On Friday, January 10th, dozens of students representing the Vermont Youth Lobby and the Vermont Youth Climate Congress closed out the first week of the 2020 legislative session — a week already abuzz with calls for bold climate action — by delivering their Young Vermonters United Climate Declaration to our…

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