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

30 Vermont Groups Present a 2020 Plan for Climate Action

30 Vermont Groups Present a 2020 Plan for Climate Action

Today at the Vermont State House, 30 Vermont organizations representing business, youth, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and other diverse interests presented a policy plan for climate action in 2020. You can find the plan at www.actonclimatevt.org/s/2020-Climate-Platform.pdf. The plan proposes a concise and essential platform for Vermont to do its part on climate change, while supporting a ...

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Vermont Youth: “Protect Our Future. Act on Climate.”

Vermont Youth: “Protect Our Future. Act on Climate."

On Friday, January 10th, dozens of students representing the Vermont Youth Lobby and the Vermont Youth Climate Congress closed out the first week of the 2020 legislative session — a week already abuzz with calls for bold climate action — by delivering their Young Vermonters United Climate Declaration to our elected leaders. The Climate Declaration was ...

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Webinar: Climate Change in the 2020 Vermont Legislature

Webinar: Climate Change in the 2020 Vermont Legislature

The 2020 legislative session begins this coming Tuesday, and as you can imagine, things are pretty busy in the VPIRG offices. We have big plans for climate action this year, and we want to make sure you’re up to date on our priorities – that’s why we’re hoping you’ll tune in to a webinar we’ll be co-hosting ...

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Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont: November 2019

Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont: November 2019

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  November alone, more ...

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The TCI MOU is out. Here’s what that means…

The TCI MOU is out. Here's what that means...

On Tuesday, December 17th, Vermont joined other New England and mid-Atlantic states, along with Washington, DC, in issuing a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Modeled on the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that Vermont joined under the Douglas Administration, the draft MOU outlines a proposed framework for TCI that ...

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VTrans announces new electric vehicle incentives

VTrans announces new electric vehicle incentives

This week, Vermont’s Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced the launch of a new statewide electric vehicle (EV) incentive program as legislatively mandated through a VPIRG-backed provision in the 2019 Transportation Bill. This new incentive program will help low to moderate income Vermonters make the much-needed transition from internal combustion engines to cleaner vehicles, helping to ...

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Poll: Vermonters Worried About Global Warming, Want to See Action

Poll: Vermonters Worried About Global Warming, Want to See Action

An overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution. That’s according to poll commissioned by VPIRG and Vermont Conservation Voters – released on Wednesday. The alarming news (or at least the news about people being alarmed): 76% of Vermonters said they are either very ...

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Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont: October 2019

  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 October alone, more ...

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