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
119-30 vote indicates the bill will become law this year The Vermont House gave its strong support today to legislation that will require ballots to be mailed to all Vermont voters in general elections moving forward. This policy was put in place as a one-time emergency measure in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic. The ...Read More
Today, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to a nation-leading bill that would restrict the sale of consumer products that contain toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and Vermont Conservation Voters released the following statements in ...Read More
GlobalFoundries, the largest electricity user in Vermont, recently filed for permission from the Public Utility Commission to become a “self-managed utility,” cutting off its reliance on Green Mountain Power for electricity – and requesting special treatment no other company or ratepayer in the state gets in the process. One of the managers of the facility put it this way, “We will only be set up to ...Read More
The legislative session is winding down, and it has been another busy month at VPIRG! We’ve made major progress across the board, from advancing legislation to make universally mailed ballots a permanent feature of Vermont elections, to protecting our health from harmful PFAS chemicals in consumer products, to passing the most comprehensive expansion of the ...Read More
VPIRG members have been pushing for an equitable, substantial Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) for several years. We believe a well-designed program can boost our economy, reduce climate emission, and address inequities in our transportation systems. In December 2020, a bipartisan group of governors and mayors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia announced that they ...Read More
A little less than a year ago, Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd. Today’s verdict, in which Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts, officially recognizes that reality and brings some measure of accountability for this killing. However, this verdict alone does not rectify the deep, systemic issues that led to George Floyd’s death, or those ...Read More
Vermont’s House of Representatives passed an important piece of legislation on Friday that updates the state’s container redemption program known commonly as the Bottle Bill. The legislation, H.175, expands the Bottle Bill program to include wine and non-carbonated drinks like water, iced tea, sports drinks, and juice. Under the current Bottle Bill system, Vermonters pay an ...Read More
Right now, the Vermont State Senate is considering how to invest the over $1 billion in federal stimulus funds the American Rescue Plan is delivering to Vermont. We need to make sure that they understand Vermonters see climate action investments as critical to our state’s ability to build back from the COVID-19 crisis in a ...Read More