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
Right now, all Vermonters who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who are 16 or older, are eligible to register for vaccination, along with everyone living in their household. Anyone who falls into that category can register to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine here. Prior to this stage, Vermont set up vaccination clinics for the members of households ...Read More
Late yesterday, Gov. Phil Scott released his proposal for the over $1 billion in funds Vermont will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. Included in his proposal is $200 million over the next four years in energy affordability and climate investments. This is an important down payment on the strategic investments necessary for Vermont to ...Read More
Our democracy is under attack right now in states across the country. In fact, more than 250 anti-voter bills have been introduced in at least 43 states. The new Georgia law (which, among other things, makes it a crime to give food and water to a voter standing in line at the polls) is so ...Read More
In a unanimous final vote on Thursday, April 1, the Vermont Senate passed H.10, a bill that allows candidates to use campaign funds to cover the expense of dependent care while running for office. Having passed final reading in the House on March 17th, H.10 will now head to the Governor’s desk. While Vermont has ...Read More
We’re past the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session, and even though we released a legislative update just four weeks ago, we’ve already made amazing progress on a wide range of key public interest initiatives. From advancing the most comprehensive PFAS legislation to addressing Vermont’s digital divide to passing much needed reforms to our democracy ...Read More
On Monday, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order that would extend the moratorium on involuntary utility disconnections due to nonpayment of electricity, natural gas, and landline phone through May 31st, 2021. Under the previous order, it would have expired this Wednesday. This is good news. We are grateful that the PUC has decided to ...Read More
Going into this legislative session, one of our key priorities was a set of policies designed to advance modernizing Vermont’s transportation infrastructure – to give Vermonters better access to affordable transportation, and to cut our climate pollution. Just past the halfway point in the session, we just hit a major milestone in advancing that goal. Just ...Read More
Cultural liaisons are a go-between for families (primarily those with limited English proficiency, LEP) and school and town staff. They have been brought on in both the Burlington and Winooski school districts, and they have been hard at work helping families with everything from filing taxes to accessing social services and building trust in our government to getting kids to class on time. Liaisons are a vital component of our communities working with LEP families all year long, bringing them together with ...Read More