Air source heat pumps: Even better than gas?

At a time when Vermont can and should take action to cut the pollution we contribute to worsening climate change, the results of a VPIRG-commissioned study should come as no surprise. Even using the most conservative measures possible (we didn’t, for example, take into account all of the methane pollution…

Read More

Memo: Constitutionality of Labeling GMOs

Vermont Law School’s Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic assembled the following thorough memorandum on the constitutionality of labeling genetically engineered foods. Click here to view the memo.

Read More

RELEASE: Vermont Earns A- in Spending Transparency

New Report: Vermont Receives an “A-” in Transparency of Government Spending Montpelier – Vermont received a grade of A- today on government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the fifth annual report of its kind…

Read More

McCutcheon Money

If you liked Citizens United, you’re going to love McCutcheon The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020…

Read More

‘Chem Fatale’ Report Highlights Dangers in Feminine Care Products

Hormone disruptors, carcinogens, among toxic chemicals found in tampons, douches, wipes and more A new report “Chem Fatale” by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes. This report provides yet another…

Read More

Apples to Twinkies 2013

One Billion Tax Dollars per Year Subsidize Junk Food Ingredients, Fuel Obesity Epidemic Montpelier, VT – Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high-fructose corn syrup, at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each American taxpayer every year, according to USPIRG’s new report, “Apples…

Read More

VPIRG Report: A Clean and Green Vermont

Vermont’s Bottle Bill is our state’s most successful recycling program and a model we can build on to help move Vermont toward a zero-waste future. A Clean and Green Vermont: A Special Report on the Environmental and Economical Benefits of Vermont’s Bottle Bill, released by VPIRG and the Container Recycling…

Read More

Study: Naptime Nightmares

A new report, Naptime Nightmares: Toxic Flame Retardants in Child Care Nap Mats, shows that nap mats used in daycares throughout Vermont and nationwide contain harmful flame retardant chemicals. These unnecessary and ineffective chemicals expose our children to substances that can cause cancer and have been linked to developmental problems,…

Read More

2012 Trouble in Toyland Report

The Trouble in Toyland report provides a list of dangerous toys that surveyors found on toy store shelves within the past month. The list includes a dangerous magnet toy, a plastic food set that is a choking hazard and a toy guitar that is harmful to little ears. Each year, thousands of…

Read More