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 banning fracking in 2012, retiring Vermont Yankee in 2014 after decades of organizing, and passing the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020. 

Today, our Climate & Energy work is driven by the understanding that we must fully decarbonize both Vermont and the nation, and that everyone deserves access to clean and affordable energy and transportation. Breaking down barriers contributing to rural, BIPOC, and low-income communities being left behind in this transition is a core part of our efforts. 

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. 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.


Recent Climate & Energy News

Our Thoughts on Gov Scott’s Veto of The Solutions Act

Our Thoughts on Gov Scott's Veto of The Solutions Act

Update: You can find our take on Gov Scott’s veto below. As the House was preparing for its ultimately successful override vote on Thursday, however, the chair and vice chair of House Energy, Reps Tim Briglin (D-Norwich) and Laura Sibilia (I-Dover) spoke eloquently and in detail as to why, in their view, the Governor was ...

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Gov. Scott Vetoes Landmark Climate Bill

Gov. Scott Vetoes Landmark Climate Bill

VPIRG Joins Broad Coalition of Groups Calling on Legislature to Override Governor’s Veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act Governor Scott has vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by both the Vermont House and Senate. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community ...

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Vermont Legislature Passes Groundbreaking Climate Bill

Vermont Legislature Passes Groundbreaking Climate Bill

On Wednesday, the Vermont House passed the finalized version of the Global Warming Solutions Act, officially sending it the Governor’s desk for final approval. The Solutions Act is the first major piece of climate legislation to pass in the VT legislature in years. It will effectively create a roadmap for Vermont to take bold climate action while creating ...

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Let’s Talk About Environmental Justice

Let's Talk About Environmental Justice

According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A goal which will be achieved “when everyone enjoys (1) the same degree of protection from environmental ...

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VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

Today the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act. After the final reading, the bill heads back to the House for final approval, before being sent to the Governor for his signature. We are grateful to President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman Senator Bray, members of the Senate ...

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Coalition Thanks Lawmakers for COVID Work; Continuing Climate Work

Coalition Thanks Lawmakers for COVID Work; Continuing Climate Work

Today VPIRG joined with more than 40 Vermont businesses and organizations and over 600 individual Vermonters to deliver a letter to Vermont lawmakers thanking them for their work thus far to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont and for continuing to make action on the climate crisis a priority this year. Over the past two ...

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Climate Action Back in Focus in VT Legislature

Climate Action Back in Focus in VT Legislature

Over the past two plus months, the legislature has been hard at work addressing the immediate needs of Vermonters as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded. Legislators have passed or dug into putting a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, directing hazard pay to essential workers, enabling safe elections during the pandemic, addressing financial strains on our ...

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The role of the Global Warming Solutions Act in a resilient recovery

The role of the Global Warming Solutions Act in a resilient recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many sobering realities. It has exposed the dire consequences of failing to listen to science and experts. It has highlighted that the communities most impacted by the coronavirus are also most at risk of experiencing climate disasters. It has also exposed extreme inequalities in safeguards for our communities and demonstrated that ...

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