Take Action for Earth Day!

As Washington D.C. continues to roll back progress on climate action and environmental protection, there’s a growing urgency to protect our planet for generations to come. This Earth Day, you can take three simple and timely actions to move Vermont forward on climate action and environmental protection: Support climate action…

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Vermont Pension Fund’s New Path Towards Low-Carbon Future

VPIRG has been working with partners including 350VT and the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club in efforts to transition our state pension investments towards a low or no carbon future, in line with our state renewable energy goals. On Thursday, February 8th, 2017, Treasurer Beth Pearce released a letter…

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Healthy Soil = Healthy Planet

Today our advocate Falko Schilling testified in favor of S. 159, a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that would establish a state-level certification program for products produced using regenerative agricultural processes.   We support this bill for a few important reasons: It will help to legitimize and support regenerative agriculture, which has…

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Government Operations Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Dental Care

This week the Government Operations Committee voted 4-1 to pass legislation to allow mid-level dental providers (called dental therapists) to expand the dental team in Vermont. The Committee took testimony a wide range of stakeholders including advocates, and oral health professionals from across the country. Some of the most compelling…

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Important First Day for Vermont’s Bill to Ban Microbeads

This morning, the legislative push to ban microbeads from being sold in Vermont began with testimony to the Fish and Wildlife Committee. House members David Deene (D) Windham-4, Jill Krowinski (D) Chittenden 6-3, and Patti Komline (R) Bennington-Rutland, are cosponsors of the legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in…

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VPIRG Legal Brief Blasts Vermont Gas

On December 29, VPIRG filed a legal motion asking the Public Service Board to reject Vermont Gas’ extraordinary request to indefinitely delay proceedings on the Phase II of the company’s fracked gas pipeline project. Specifically, VPIRG asked the Board to dismiss Vermont Gas’ Petition without prejudice, but with specific conditions…

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