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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Two amazing conferences in December on Energy Policy

  This December there will be two conferences held both here in Vermont and in our nation’s capital to discuss and forge plans going forward for energy policy. The first conference is happening this Saturday, December 4 — VPIRG is co-hosting the annual Community Energy and Climate ActionConference where Governor…

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5th annual Environmental Action Conference a huge success

Last Saturday, over 200 Vermonters came together in Randolph for the 5th annual Environmental Action Conference. At the conference, people attended workshops ranging from Launch a New Era of Vermont Energy Policy to Working with the media. In addition, addresses were given by state leaders in the environmental movement such…

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Vermont Yankee springs new leak, forced to shut down

 It happened again,  Vermont Yankee sprang a serious radioactive leak, forcing the plant to shut down.  It’s clear that no matter how many leaks they have, no matter how unsafe Yankee becomes, Entergy is going to charge full steam ahead.    New legislators were elected from around that state last…

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VPIRG endorsed constitutional amendment passed

  On election day, Vermonters voted overwhelming in favor of the constitutional amendment that would allow 17 year olds to vote in the primaries if they turn 18 by the general election.  Vermont now stands with 18 other states around the country in a continuing effort to increase voter participation…

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