Fighting global warming, repowering Vermont, and saving Vermonters money with local, green energy solutions.

Vermont seems to take climate change seriously. Our legislature set goals to significantly reduce global warming pollution, and we declared “We’re Still In” after Trump abandoned the Paris Climate Accord.

And yet Vermont’s climate pollution has increased 16% since 1990. Why?

The answer is simple. Goals are nice, but without requiring action they don’t result in much.

That’s why VPIRG is working to pass the Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act (follow this link to find out more about the GWSA). It’s time to require that Vermont’s government make measurable progress each year toward our climate targets, just as other New England states have done.

To help meet these ambitious targets and make Vermont an even better place to live, VPIRG is working to help shift Vermont away from dirty energy and towards clean alternatives. We all know the costs of dirty energy – global warming, health risks, air and water pollution, and an unstable economic future. On top of all that, Vermonters send over a billion dollars out of state – out of the local economy – every year to pay for fossil fuels. That’s money we could be keeping in our state.

The good news is, we have better options available now. To help create a better Vermont for our kids and grandkids, and save Vermonters money over the long run, VPIRG is working to ensure the continued growth of wind and solar in Vermont, improve and expand our clean energy programs, and put a price on carbon pollution in a way that boosts the local economy and supports Vermonters with low-incomes. We’re also educating Vermonters about the many options they have available right now to cut their energy bills and carbon pollution, from weatherization to cold climate heat pumps to solar power.

Learn more about some of our key climate & energy campaigns below:

Efficiency & Electrification



Carbon Pricing


Recent Climate & Energy News

Poll: Vermonters Worried About Global Warming, Want to See Action

An overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution. That’s according to poll commissioned by VPIRG and Vermont Conservation Voters – released on Wednesday. The alarming news (or at least the news about people being alarmed): 76% of Vermonters said they are either very ...

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Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont: October 2019

  While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in the 1970s. In October alone, more ...

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Students Demand Bold Climate Action at Vermont Youth Climate Congress

On Sunday afternoon, more than 170 student delegates from 43 schools (as well as several Vermont homeschoolers!) united at the State House in Montpelier for the first-ever Vermont Youth Climate Congress, where they passed the most moving climate declaration Vermont has ever seen. They were joined by a number of Vermont’s elected leaders, including members ...

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Wondering if you’re eligible for weatherization incentives?

Weatherization is one of the most effective ways for Vermonters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Home heating contributes to a third of our energy consumption, and weatherization ensures that residents are not wasting a dime because of leaky homes or lackluster insulation. And while weatherization saves homeowners far more money over time than it costs, ...

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Climate Solutions Caucus Holding Forums Statewide

Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation. As we saw during the youth-led Global Climate Strikes on September 20th, Vermonters are demanding a response to climate change commensurate ...

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Celebrating Climate-Conscious Vermont Businesses

This fall, we’re taking some time to visit businesses across Vermont to learn about how they’re responding to the climate crisis. We’ll be chatting with business owners about why climate action is a priority for them, and learning about the specific steps their businesses are taking to minimize their carbon footprint while maximizing both profits ...

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Outrageous! Toyota, GM & others side with Trump

Have you heard the news? Yesterday, automakers Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and several others announced they’re siding with President Trump in his effort to strip California of its ability to regulate tailpipe emissions. That’s right, as California is ablaze with wildfires made worse by the climate crisis, these automakers are selfishly making matters worse by ...

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2020 Vision: VPIRG’s Climate Agenda

Climate change is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, deadly heat waves and growing tick populations are just some of the impacts. Since 2006, Vermont has had statutory goals to cut carbon pollution and do our part to combat this global crisis. Unfortunately, we ...

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