Turning the Lights Out on Fluorescents

Coalition Calls for Phase Out of Mercury in Lighting in Vermont A new report released today by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, the Mercury Policy Project and the Clean Lighting Coalition highlights the environmental and health risks posed when fluorescent lamps break, especially to vulnerable populations. The report provides concrete steps government,…

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Open Letter to the Vermont Climate Council

On Monday, October 4th, 2021 VPIRG and other organizations in the #ActOnClimateVT coalition delivered a letter to the Vermont Climate Council reflecting the principles that it sees as vital to the success of the Council’s Climate Action Plan. As the December deadline for the Vermont Climate Action Plan fast approaches,…

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Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan

Recently, VPIRG’s own Ben Edgerly Walsh moderated the latest entry in the Climate Action Works webinar series, What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan. Ben was joined by officially appointed Vermont Climate Council members, who shared the latest updates about the work being done in each of…

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5 Priorities for Vermont’s Climate Action Plan

The Vermont Climate Council is hard at work drafting their initial Climate Action Plan to get us on track to meet our climate pollution reduction goals – the plan is due December 1st. Their public engagement team is currently seeking public input from Vermonters, and you can get involved by…

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The VT Climate Council wants to hear from YOU!

The December deadline for the Vermont Climate Action Plan is fast approaching, and the Vermont Climate Council wants your input!  VPIRG members came out in force this past week to attend the Council’s in-person hearings at state parks across Vermont. If you were able to attend in person, thank you…

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That’s a Wrap on the 2021 Summer Canvass!

For the second straight year, it was a summer unlike any other at VPIRG. Last week we wrapped up our first-ever “hybrid” canvass, one year after running our first ever 100% virtual canvass. Once again, we faced the many challenges of operating a grassroots community engagement effort in the middle of…

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Legislative Reapportionment: the Survey Results are in!

Later this week the U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed data on Vermont’s current population, and with that information, the once-in-a-decade effort to redraw the state’s legislative district boundaries will really begin. Since the district maps will influence Vermont’s elections, politicians, and policies for the next 10 years, we believe…

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We’re headed down to Windham!

Camping at Fort Dummer in Brattleboro to canvass in Windham County is an age-old tradition for the VPIRG summer canvass (see the full office sending off our canvass day in 2019 in the featured photo on the left). This week, although we won’t be able to pull off our office-wide…

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Make Polluters Pay: Support a Climate Superfund

When you were a kid I bet someone told you that, “When you make a mess, you help clean it up.” And my guess is – since you are a VPIRG member – that you’ve been doing your best to live by that standard. It’s not always easy, but it’s…

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Governor Signs Community Broadband Bill Into Law

With the governor signing H.360 into law, Vermont has enacted the most significant investment in state history to provide world-class broadband internet service to every Vermont resident. Perhaps most importantly, instead of directing precious resources to the same large telecoms that have failed to deliver universal access to Vermonters, this…

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