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
Just a few weeks ago Bill McKibben told our legislators – the issue on which we will all be judged 50 years hence is how quickly and how boldly we moved to address the greatest challenge humans have ever faced. This Thursday, March 21st – “Energy Independence Day” – is your chance to ensure your legislators follow through ...Read More
Legislation that would make it more difficult to build renewable energy projects in Vermont could make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote next week. Groups interested in preserving the state’s natural resources and promoting cleaner alternatives to polluting fossil fuels and other dirty energy sources expressed their opposition to ...Read More
We’re feeling the impacts of climate change. Many of us are thinking more and more about the legacy that we will leave our kids and grandkids. We understand that the magnitude of the problem we leave them will be determined by how swiftly and boldly we act. Waiting will only make the ...Read More
You might have heard about VPIRG’s effort to weatherize one in four Vermont homes, save Vermonters hundreds of millions of dollars and prevent millions of tons of global warming pollution from being pumped into our atmosphere, all the while creating jobs and growing Vermont’s economy. That plan is on the ropes, but your help could revive ...Read More
The Big Clean Energy Bill–as we’re now affectionately calling H.216–contains some funding for reaching our weatherization goals and helping Vermont families and businesses switch to clean, local sources of heat like solar hot water, geothermal and wood pellets. So we’re happy to report H.216 also contains critical support for the CEDF! But we need your help to ...Read More
You might have heard about VPIRG’s plan to weatherize one in four Vermont homes, save Vermonters hundreds of millions of dollars and prevent millions of tons of global warming pollution from being pumped into our atmosphere, all the while creating jobs and growing Vermont’s economy. That plan is on the ropes, but your help could revive ...Read More
We’ve had enough of Entergy’s lies and leaks, and that’s why VPIRG is continuing to fight to make sure the plant is shuttered for good. Right now, we feel our best chance rests with the case currently pending before the PSB. As this phase of Public Service Board (PSB) hearings on Vermont Yankee wrapped up ...Read More
In communities across Vermont, citizens are bringing solutions to town. Whether its town meeting resolutions to keep Vermont free of tar sands oil or spreading critical information about upcoming changes to health care, check to see what’s on the docket in your community.Read More