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

Solar

Wind

Carbon Pricing


 

Recent Climate & Energy News

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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Electrify Everything!

Think electrification is just for cars? Think again! Check out our roundup of some of the latest types of vehicles to go electric! “This Huge Electric Dump Truck Needs to Plug In:” This new dump truck, weighing 45 tons, never needs to plug in. A beefed-up version of the “regenerative braking” all EVs use converts kinetic energy ...

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Breaking Down the Global Warming Solutions Act

The climate crisis is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, punishing 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, ...

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Introducing Honey Bunch

Here in the VPIRG office we have some news that we’ve been eager to share with our members for a while: we made a beer! Well actually, our brewing genius friends at The Alchemist made the beer, but VPIRG is thrilled to have helped conceive and promote this awesome new creation. Say hello to Honey Bunch, an ...

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