VPIRG 2020 Legislative Preview

The 2020 Vermont legislative session kicked off today and we’re excited. The challenges we face as a state are greater than ever: An unprecedented climate crisis that demands immediate action. Corporations that put their bottom-line ahead of consumers’ safety and well-being. Toxins in food packaging and a plastic pollution problem…

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Double Your Impact with Patagonia Action Works

Have you heard? For a short time our friends at Patagonia are matching online contributions to the Vermont Public Interest Research & Education Fund! We’re trying to raise $100,000 through Patagonia to ensure that we reach our year-end fundraising goal— and we’re halfway there. Could you help us reach our…

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VPIRG Votes helps drive historic voter turnout

Conventional wisdom suggested that 2018 would be another year of very low voter participation in Vermont. After all, we didn’t have hot races for the US Senate or House, and in the last non-presidential election year – 2014 – Vermont experienced its worst voter turnout in more than 50 years.…

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High Voter Turnout in the 2018 Vermont Primary

Voter turnout in the 2018 Vermont primary was one of the highest in Vermont’s history. Over 107,000 Vermonters voted, yielding an almost 22% voter turnout rate. Compared to a 9% voter turnout in 2014 — the last non-presidential primary year — the results of the 2018 summer election make it…

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On the 1 year anniversary of the Climate Action Commission…

It’s been one year since Gov. Phil Scott established his hand-picked Climate Action Commission. This anniversary follows on the heels of the release of the most recent Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory report two weeks ago — a sobering report detailing how Vermont climate progress is accelerating in the wrong direction, with…

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VPIRG Welcomed to Windham County

Last week, our canvass team was at it again — engaging Vermonters at their doorsteps and making change one conversation at a time. The team of over 70 canvassers, field managers, directors and administrators went truckin’ down to Windham County, where they spent the week working out of Fort Dummer…

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Vermont’s climate pollution steadily on the rise

On July 5th, while Vermonters were suffering through a deadly heatwave, Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation released the latest Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory — and it’s scary stuff. Detailing Vermont’s greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from 1990-2015, this report highlights a troubling trend: Vermont’s climate pollution is up 16% from 1990…

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VPIRG launches Straws Upon Request campaign

Earlier today, VPIRG stood alongside business owners and environmentalists in the kick off for the Straws Upon Request Pledge, a statewide campaign aimed at reducing the number of single-use plastic straws used and thrown away in Vermont. The idea is pretty simple: businesses that take the pledge will make straws…

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U.S. Climate Alliance: 1 Year Anniversary Report

Around this time last year, Governor Phil Scott stood in front of reporters, TV cameras and other onlookers on the waterfront in Burlington to reiterate his alleged support of Vermont’s climate commitments and the Paris Climate Accord, and to announce the creation of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, a voluntary…

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