Job Announcement: Clean Energy Advocate

VPIRG is looking for an exceptional advocate to join our team. Vermont, in significant part because of VPIRG’s work, is a national leader on clean energy and efficiency. And yet, we are far from on track to achieve the rapid reductions in carbon pollution and transition to 100% renewable energy that we must. Your job ...

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VPIRG members thank No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge signers

Back in August, we at VPIRG began asking candidates in the upcoming elections to sign on to our No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, taking a stand against the influence of dirty money in their candidacy and our democracy. Since then, close to 80 candidates from across the state have signed on, choosing to prioritize the ...

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VPIRG co-signs letter in response to Rep. Kiah Morris’ re-election withdrawal

Following Rep. Kiah Morris’ decision to withdraw her candidacy for a third term as a state representative from Bennington, VPIRG signed on to the following letter along with Main Street Alliance of Vermont, Toxic Action Center, The Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence, Justice for All, Voices for Vermont’s Children, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, Planned Parenthood ...

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Climate “Action” Commission Misses the Mark

In July 2017, Governor Phil Scott established the Vermont Climate Action Commission, tasked with creating an actionable plan for helping Vermont meet our climate and energy commitments. The commission recently released its final report, and unsurprisingly — it’s a 119 page disappointment. The report fails for three reasons: First, Governor Scott corrupted the process by allowing ...

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VT Candidates Take No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

Now more than ever, Vermonters need elected officials who are willing to take bold action towards reducing our dependence on dirty energy and fossil fuels. Despite broad consensus that we must transition away from dirty fossil fuels, Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. From reduced snowfall, to extreme weather events and increased energy costs, ...

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On the 1 year anniversary of the Climate Action Commission…

It’s been one year since Gov. Phil Scott established his hand-picked Climate Action Commission. This anniversary follows on the heels of the release of the most recent Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory report two weeks ago — a sobering report detailing how Vermont climate progress is accelerating in the wrong direction, with climate pollution 16% above 1990 ...

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Vermont’s climate pollution steadily on the rise

On July 5th, while Vermonters were suffering through a deadly heatwave, Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation released the latest Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory — and it’s scary stuff. Detailing Vermont’s greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from 1990-2015, this report highlights a troubling trend: Vermont’s climate pollution is up 16% from 1990 levels. Vermont’s climate pollution has been ...

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VPIRG launches Straws Upon Request campaign

Earlier today, VPIRG stood alongside business owners and environmentalists in the kick off for the Straws Upon Request Pledge, a statewide campaign aimed at reducing the number of single-use plastic straws used and thrown away in Vermont. The idea is pretty simple: businesses that take the pledge will make straws available to their customers only upon ...

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