2017 Summer Canvass: Most Successful in VPIRG History

At the end of August, the 2017 VPIRG Summer Canvass wrapped up what was the most successful canvassing operation in VPIRG history–by far. Led by ten canvass directors, VPIRG staffed over 100 canvassers throughout the summer, with a peak staff size of 94—the largest in VPIRG history. The campaign, called “Vermont Fights Back,” focused on ...

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Get Your Tickets: VPIRG 45th Anniversary Celebration

VPIRG members are coming together with our staff, friends and family on Sunday, September 24 at 2pm at the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe to celebrate 45 years protecting the public interest in Vermont. Tickets are limited for this event, so reserve yours today! Get your tickets here! Tickets are $45 — in addition to benefiting VPIRG and our ...

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Climate Activists Demand a Price on Carbon Pollution in St. Johnsbury

On Wednesday night 65 people crowded into the banquet room of the Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury to offer varying perspectives on how the Governor’s newly formed Climate Action Commission should address the climate crisis here in Vermont. Of the 65 people present, 37 provided comments to the four commissioners in attendance. Over half of ...

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VPIRG and Allies Sue Trump EPA Over New Toxics Rules

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group announced today that it is going to federal court to urge review of two rules recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. The petitions challenge final rules issued by the EPA concerning how the agency will prioritize chemicals for safety ...

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Statement on Charlottesville Attack

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group’s Executive Director Paul Burns released the following statement concerning the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left at least three people dead and 19 injured: VPIRG denounces the acts of violent terrorism perpetrated by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville over the weekend. Our thoughts are with those who ...

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Cut proposed premium hikes

While much attention has rightfully been focused on Congress’ and the president’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Vermonters still have important health care concerns to address here at home. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care have recently proposed rate hikes of 12.7% and 7.7% respectively to their 2018 ...

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This Friday – Fight Back for a Toxics Free VT

Did you know that some of Shaws’ products contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and parabens? New research found toxic chemicals that can harm our families in numerous products, such as sensitive skin body wash and kids’ bubble bath, sold by Albertsons, parent company of Shaw’s. Will you join us for an event at the Shaw’s in ...

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Canvass Success in Windham County!

Last week the entire canvass traveled to Windham county to engage with Vermonters in the South-East corner of Vermont. A staff of nearly 100 canvassers, field managers, directors, and administrative staff spent the week working out of Fort Dummer State Park and expanding VPIRG’s reach to 38 towns in the area. Despite the long hours, ...

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