Climate & Energy

Don’t Let Gov. Scott Sink the Environmental Justice Bill

We recently heard that Governor Phil Scott is considering vetoing the environmental justice bill, S.148, which passed with overwhelming tri-partisan support in both the Senate (28-1) and House (109-31). In this last week of the legislative session, and with reports that they will not hold a session where they could override his veto, he can enact …

Don’t Let Gov. Scott Sink the Environmental Justice Bill Read More »

Governor Scott And A Minority Of Lawmakers Stymie Climate Progress

A Win For Big Oil And Keeping Vermonters Tethered To Polluting & Costly Heating Systems After the Vermont House narrowly failed to override the Governor’s veto of the Clean Heat Standard (H.715) on a 99-51 vote,  Vermont has once again delayed essential climate progress. The Clean Heat Standard – a performance-based approach that would require …

Governor Scott And A Minority Of Lawmakers Stymie Climate Progress Read More »

S.148 is Headed to the Governor’s Desk! 

S.148, the environmental justice bill, is headed to the governor’s desk! After initially passing out of the State Senate in late March, the Senate has now concurred with the version of the bill passed resoundingly by the House just days ago. This legislative victory puts Vermont on track to enact its first environmental justice law, …

S.148 is Headed to the Governor’s Desk!  Read More »

Community Leaders & Lawmakers Call for Passage of Environmental Justice Bill

Today, community leaders and legislators gathered in Montpelier to call for passage of the state’s first comprehensive Environmental Justice bill, S.148. Leaders discussed environmental justice issues in Vermont, and the actions being taken to remedy known inequities among impacted populations. Vermont is one of only a handful of states that lacks an environmental justice policy, …

Community Leaders & Lawmakers Call for Passage of Environmental Justice Bill Read More »

VT Senate advances environmental justice

The State Senate just took a major step towards environmental justice (EJ) in Vermont. S.148, which would be the state’s first environmental justice law, passed Tuesday on an overwhelming, tri-partisan 28-1 vote.   We at VPIRG have joined dozens of groups supporting this bill because we see it as an essential step to bring more communities …

VT Senate advances environmental justice Read More »

Big Climate Investments in the FY23 Budget

The FY23 budget includes over $110 million in investments to cut climate pollution, with the significant majority of that funding going to programs aimed at helping low- and moderate-income Vermonters cut their energy bills and fully participate in the transition off of fossil fuels. The House has also already voted to support H.518, the municipal energy …

Big Climate Investments in the FY23 Budget Read More »

2022 Mid-Session Legislative Update

We’re halfway through the 2022 legislative session in Vermont, and though our work continues to look a little different due to the ongoing pandemic, we have made significant progress across the board on our legislative priorities. From the continuing fight for Bottle Bill modernization to advancing a landmark climate legislation, read on to see where …

2022 Mid-Session Legislative Update Read More »

Vermont House Advances Critical Climate Initiative: The Clean Heat Standard

Yesterday, the Vermont House of Representatives advanced H.715, the Clean Heat Standard, with an incredibly strong vote of 96 to 44 on second reading. It will be voted on in the House one more time on Thursday before moving to the State Senate. The Clean Heat Standard – the single largest pollution-reduction plank of the …

Vermont House Advances Critical Climate Initiative: The Clean Heat Standard Read More »

Scroll to Top