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. 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

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 ...

Read More

Vermont Electric Vehicle Update

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular throughout the country and there are some exciting opportunities for Vermonters looking to transition to these cars as well! EVs are important in the fight against the climate crisis, they’re cheaper to own and operate than gas-powered vehicles, and it’s encouraging that more stakeholders are looking to expand ...

Read More

Despite Bold Targets, VT’s Climate Pollution Continues to Rise

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 ...

Read More

A Tale of Two Vermonts

This is the tale of two different Vermonts – one of which you’ve likely heard of, and one of which you may not have. The first Vermont is the one that’s repeatedly been named the “greenest” state in the U.S. The quality of our environment, our actions to protect it, and the work we’ve done on ...

Read More

Governor Signs Weatherization Bill Into Law

Weatherizing Vermont’s old housing stock is an essential element of any plan to address our state’s rising greenhouse gas emissions. But the benefits of weatherization extend beyond curbing carbon emissions – other perks include the potential for decreased energy bills, improved health, and more investment in Vermont’s economy. Since heating accounts for a sizable portion of ...

Read More

Old vehicle emissions: Fix them, don’t exempt them

The Transportation bill being debated in the VT legislature creates a program to help Vermonters who are low income repair cars’ emissions control systems, keeping pollution out of our air. Unfortunately, it also lets cars that fail emissions tests off the hook as long as they’re 15 years old or older, allowing them to pollute ...

Read More

EV Incentive Program Moves to Senate

The electric vehicle incentive program made it into the budget and out of the House late last month, with Representatives allocating $1.5 million to the program. This is a far cry from the $4.5 million VPIRG and our allies have advocated for this session. As it moves on for consideration in the Senate, we will continue ...

Read More