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
In Vermont, transportation now contributes 45% of our total climate pollution. In order to meet our emissions reduction goals, we need to get an estimated 90,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025 – Vermont has slightly more than 3,500 today. If we want to get serious about our climate commitments, we must focus ...Read More
Vermonters support the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) – a bipartisan, regional effort to modernize transportation systems and reduce pollution – and want Gov. Phil Scott to join the compact. Of the 353 comments submitted by Vermonters through the Scott administration’s TCI portal between April 2019 and February 2020, more than four out of five comments (83%) support the initiative. In addition to hundreds of citizen submissions, meteorologists, business leaders, and ...Read More
The Vermont House and Senate need more climate champions. Could you be one? As the only state in New England to experience a rise in greenhouse gas pollution since 1990 and the state with the highest per capita emissions, it’s clear that Vermont is moving in the wrong direction. In order to get back on track, ...Read More
While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in the 1970s. In January alone, more ...Read More
In a HUGE win for climate action, the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688, passed through the House of Representatives this afternoon in a 105-37 vote, sending it to the Senate with a strong message of support. (Check out how your rep voted here!) The success of the Solutions Act in the House comes after months of engagement, ...Read More
Faith leaders and activists from all over the state convened at the State House on Thursday, February 20th to urge law makers to prioritize climate action and to support the four major bills of the Climate Solutions Caucus 2020 platform. Notably, these members of the religious community called on legislators to pass the Global Warming ...Read More
Last night, more than 200 Vermonters braved the snowy weather to gather at the sold-out Burlington Premiere of the Climate Action Film Festival, organized by our friends at SunCommon. The Festival features short films from around North America highlighting volunteer conservation work, community solar projects, carbon capture, and nonviolent direct action to block fossil fuels and ...Read More
While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in the 1970s. In 2019, over 250 ...Read More