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
On Sunday afternoon, more than 170 student delegates from 43 schools (as well as several Vermont homeschoolers!) united at the State House in Montpelier for the first-ever Vermont Youth Climate Congress, where they passed the most moving climate declaration Vermont has ever seen. They were joined by a number of Vermont’s elected leaders, including members ...Read More
Weatherization is one of the most effective ways for Vermonters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Home heating contributes to a third of our energy consumption, and weatherization ensures that residents are not wasting a dime because of leaky homes or lackluster insulation. And while weatherization saves homeowners far more money over time than it costs, ...Read More
Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation. As we saw during the youth-led Global Climate Strikes on September 20th, Vermonters are demanding a response to climate change commensurate ...Read More
This fall, we’re taking some time to visit businesses across Vermont to learn about how they’re responding to the climate crisis. We’ll be chatting with business owners about why climate action is a priority for them, and learning about the specific steps their businesses are taking to minimize their carbon footprint while maximizing both profits ...Read More
Have you heard the news? Yesterday, automakers Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and several others announced they’re siding with President Trump in his effort to strip California of its ability to regulate tailpipe emissions. That’s right, as California is ablaze with wildfires made worse by the climate crisis, these automakers are selfishly making matters worse by ...Read More
Climate change is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, deadly heat waves and growing tick populations are just some of the impacts. Since 2006, Vermont has had statutory goals to cut carbon pollution and do our part to combat this global crisis. Unfortunately, we ...Read More
Think electrification is just for cars? Think again! Check out our roundup of some of the latest types of vehicles to go electric! “This Huge Electric Dump Truck Needs to Plug In:” This new dump truck, weighing 45 tons, never needs to plug in. A beefed-up version of the “regenerative braking” all EVs use converts kinetic energy ...Read More
The Global Warming Solutions Act will cut carbon pollution, help rebuild our economy, build healthy and resilient communities, promote the use of our natural and working lands to capture and store carbon, and adapt to our already-changing climate. How Will it Benefit Vermonters? As we look to rebuild from COVID-19, the Solutions Act will help accelerate our ...Read More