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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Vote YES on Vermont amendment

When you cast your vote in the next few days you’ll notice a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.  VPIRG encourages you to Vote YES on this amendment. The amendment would allow young men and women who are citizens of Vermont and who will be 18 years old on or…

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Environmental groups endorse wind energy, big and small

On Thursday the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Vermont League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (VLCV-EF), Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) issued a statement in support of the development of wind energy in Vermont. This collective statement of support for wind and other renewable energy…

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Great Video on the facts of the federal Health Care Reform

Still confused about the new health care law? The YouToons are here to help! This short video, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation this week, will help you figure out the basics of the new law, including how it will impact you and your family over the coming months and…

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Weatherization skillshops coming up

An open letter to the VPIRG community from Clay Francis, VPIRG’s new Clean Energy Advocate. Clay will be working with Clean Energy Program Director James Moore on building weatherization, heating fuels efficiency and other clean energy campaigns: I just started as VPIRG’s new Clean Energy Advocate in the middle of…

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VPIRG releases 2010 Legislative Scorecard

 VPIRG produces a scorecard of key votes at the conclusion of each legislative biennium. You can use this year’s scorecard to find out how your representatives in the Vermont House and Senate voted on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and…

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Help for Vermont’s Small Businesses

Vermont’s health care costs are rising by almost $1 million per day – over $350 million a year.  Picking up this tab is already too big a burden for our families, state programs and local economy to bear.  Times are especially tough for small business owners and their employees, who…

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Have an old mercury-containing thermostat? Turn it in and get $5!

 In 2008, VPIRG worked to pass a law that required manufacturers of mercury-containing thermostats to share in the costs and responsibilities of recycling their discarded products.  This law required manufacturers to establish collection programs and provide a $5 incentive for those who turn in a mercury thermostat for recycling. That…

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Nothing pretty about toxic cosmetics

What are all those chemicals in your shampoo? Your lipstick? Your aftershave? And what do they have to do with asthma, breast cancer and learning disabilities? Learn, share and help change this toxic mess: Watch The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute film exposing the ugly truth about personal care products…

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