Climate & Energy

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The FY23 Transportation Bill Makes Makes Essential and Innovative Investments to Reach Vermont’s Climate Targets

Today, the Vermont House Committee on Transportation unanimously passed the FY23 Transportation Bill with a suite of investments that are essential to meeting Vermont’s climate pollution reduction requirements. The transportation sector is Vermont’s most carbon-intensive sector, and we’re encouraged to see the committee make investments at the scale and scope required to do our part …

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The Opportunity of a Clean Heat Standard: Cost Savings, Cost Certainty and Carbon-Reductions

On the same day that Russia invaded Ukraine, the Vermont House Energy and Technology Committee voted to advance this year’s most consequential legislation to address climate change and move us off fossil fuels: The Clean Heat Standard (H.715).  The implications of Russia’s unprovoked attack are hitting home – especially for Vermonters with lower incomes already …

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Summer Jobs for Change: VPIRG is Hiring for the 2022 Canvass

Apply online today at www.vpirg.org/2022CanvassApp Do you care about the environment, climate justice and democracy? Do you want to make a difference in how Vermont responds to these issues, all while getting paid to travel VT, biking around the most scenic parts of the state, and camping with friends? If you answered yes, VPIRG has …

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Clean Heat Standard Passes Out of Committee

Recently, after weeks of heated testimony the House Energy and Technology Committee approved a new “clean heat standard” program on a 7-2 vote. This bill, H.715, is the most consequential piece of climate legislation being debated in Vermont this session. Heating accounts for over 30% of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, and reforms in this sector …

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VPIRG Launches \”Keep Vermont Cool\” Campaign

Compared to America as a whole, Vermonters are substantially more concerned about climate change, yet only a small percentage are currently taking political action to address the issue.   Those are the findings of a new poll conducted by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and FM3 Research, and the basis of a new climate …

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33 groups support EJ bill

VPIRG organized 32 groups — including organizations working to end poverty, promote racial and social justice, protect our environment, and make our communities more vibrant — to submit a letter to members of the Vermont State Senate supporting S.148, an act relating to environmental justice. The letter outlines some background on environmental justice work in …

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