VPIRG’s mission is to promote and protect the health of Vermont’s people, environment and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens statewide.


Fighting the climate crisis, repowering Vermont, and saving Vermonters money with clean energy solutions.

Putting people ahead of profits and standing up to powerful special interests on behalf of all Vermonters.

Making government more open, responsive to and reflective of ordinary citizens.

Eliminating toxins from consumer products, drinking water, and our environment.

Working to dismantle systemic racism to ensure equal rights and treatment are afforded to all Vermonters.

Reducing waste to protect the natural environment that is so central to our ecosystem, economy and way of life.


News & Updates

Turning the Lights Out on Fluorescents

Turning the Lights Out on Fluorescents

Coalition Calls for Phase Out of Mercury in Lighting in Vermont A new report released today by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, the Mercury Policy Project and the Clean Lighting Coalition highlights the environmental and health risks posed when fluorescent lamps break, especially to vulnerable populations. The report provides concrete steps government, industry, consumers, and others, like childcare ...

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VPIRG Fall 2021 Field Organizing Internship

VPIRG Fall 2021 Field Organizing Internship

Apply to be a VPIRG intern! Vermonters and people around the world are already feeling the repercussions of the climate crisis, and we know it’s not going away anytime soon. But as the threat rises, so has momentum for action.  We must do everything we can to urge our leaders to act towards promoting a more climate-resilient, ...

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Open Letter to the Vermont Climate Council

Open Letter to the Vermont Climate Council

On Monday, October 4th, 2021 VPIRG and other organizations in the #ActOnClimateVT coalition delivered a letter to the Vermont Climate Council reflecting the principles that it sees as vital to the success of the Council’s Climate Action Plan. As the December deadline for the Vermont Climate Action Plan fast approaches, it is more critical than ...

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Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan

Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan

Recently, VPIRG’s own Ben Edgerly Walsh moderated the latest entry in the Climate Action Works webinar series, What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan. Ben was joined by officially appointed Vermont Climate Council members, who shared the latest updates about the work being done in each of the subcommittees to develop the ...

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5 Priorities for Vermont’s Climate Action Plan

5 Priorities for Vermont's Climate Action Plan

The Vermont Climate Council is hard at work drafting their initial Climate Action Plan to get us on track to meet our climate pollution reduction goals – the plan is due December 1st. Their public engagement team is currently seeking public input from Vermonters, and you can get involved by clicking this link. The Climate ...

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County-wide hearings with Legislative Leadership

County-wide hearings with Legislative Leadership

With the windfall of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, Vermonters have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make investments that will shape the future of our state. The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate want to hear YOUR priorities as they decide exactly how to spend these funds. That’s why we’re hitting the phones and your ...

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The VT Climate Council wants to hear from YOU!

The VT Climate Council wants to hear from YOU!

The December deadline for the Vermont Climate Action Plan is fast approaching, and the Vermont Climate Council wants your input!  VPIRG members came out in force this past week to attend the Council’s in-person hearings at state parks across Vermont. If you were able to attend in person, thank you for making your voice heard! ...

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That’s a Wrap on the 2021 Summer Canvass!

That's a Wrap on the 2021 Summer Canvass!

For the second straight year, it was a summer unlike any other at VPIRG. Last week we wrapped up our first-ever “hybrid” canvass, one year after running our first ever 100% virtual canvass. Once again, we faced the many challenges of operating a grassroots community engagement effort in the middle of a pandemic. Like last summer, out ...

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