Fighting the climate crisis, repowering Vermont, and saving Vermonters money with local, green energy solutions.
VPIRG is one of Vermont’s leading advocacy groups when it comes to fighting the climate crisis. Our strength comes from the thousands of Vermonters who have chosen to stand up for our future over the years, from establishing Efficiency Vermont, the first-of-its-kind energy efficiency utility in 1999, to retiring Vermont Yankee in 2014 after decades of organizing, banning fracking in 2012, and passing the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020. We’re dedicated to this ongoing work, because we know that the climate crisis is upon us and it’s going to take far more bold action to overcome it.
The threat posed by global warming is an injustice unlike any other our world has ever faced, because we know that if serious steps are not taken to address it, the poorest and most marginalized among us will face the brunt of its impact. In fact, they already are. That’s why our climate team at VPIRG is committed to considering equity in every policy decision we make – asking ourselves questions like “Who will benefit from this policy?”, “What are the long term impacts for our children and future generations?”, and “What populations are already suffering, and how can we address that need first?”
We need to completely modernize our energy sector in Vermont and move towards carbon neutral alternatives for transportation, home heating, and more – and we have to do it in a way that lifts up and includes all Vermonters.
The passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020 marked a turning point in Vermont’s climate landscape. This bill sets the foundation for future action by creating the VT Climate Council, which consists of 23 members, who are tasked with putting forward a plan to reduce our carbon pollution and build the resilience of our communities to the effects of the climate crisis. [Read more below.]
But there is still change to be made in the legislature. We must move to modernize Vermont’s transportation system, making investments that will save Vermonters money while making reliable transportation options more accessible and cutting carbon pollution at the same time. To advance those goals, funding the investments outlined in the Transportation Modernization Act is among our top priorities in the 2021 legislative session. We also need to harness the resources and strength of our energy efficiency utilities, expanding their work on efficiency and electrification. And we must continue to expand our in-state renewable energy portfolio in order to reduce our carbon footprint, create jobs for Vermonters, and keep our energy dollars circulating in our own economy.
You can find out more about each of these priorities below, and be sure to stay tuned to our emails and social media platforms for ways to get involved.
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Recent Climate & Energy News
When you were a kid I bet someone told you that, “When you make a mess, you help clean it up.” And my guess is – since you are a VPIRG member – that you’ve been doing your best to live by that standard. It’s not always easy, but it’s the responsible and fair thing ...Read More
The Vermont legislature has officially wrapped up its work for the session, and once again VPIRG’s research, member engagement, and advocacy efforts paid off. We were incredibly successful in this “virtual” session, going toe-to-toe against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the state. We’re pleased to announce that a number of our top ...Read More
A top priority of ours for the 2021 legislative session was the Transportation Modernization Package in the Transportation Bill (H.433) – a host of policies that would save Vermonters millions of dollars while reducing climate pollution. Championed by a host of legislators, VPIRG’s amazing members, and our many allies, this year’s Transportation Bill contains the most ...Read More
The Vermont legislature wrapped up its 2021 session Friday, and it was one for the history books. One big winner? Action on the climate crisis. We’ll be sharing a full recap of the legislative session soon, but first we wanted to share some highlights from the state budget. In the middle of a pandemic unlike any ...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
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
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
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