VPIRG Signs On to Transportation Electrification Accord

In November 2017, VPIRG signed onto the Transportation Electrification Accord along with a broad array of organizations and businesses committed to an equitable, prosperous and electrified transportation future. Among other principles, the Accord recognizes that electric vehicles (both light duty and heavy duty) can “advance economic development, create jobs, provide grid services, integrate more renewable energy, and ...

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Trouble in Toyland: 32nd Annual Report on Hazardous Toys

Toys that pose dangers to children are still being found on Vermont’s shelves and online stores accessible to the Vermont public, according to VPIRG’s 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report. When shopping this holiday season, consumers should be aware of the potential hazards posed by the toys identified in this report. “We should be able to trust that the toys we ...

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VPIRG joins broad new transportation advocacy coalition

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What if we could improve our children’s health and our communities’ bottom lines while increasing access to transportation options that are affordable and better for our environment? We believe it is possible, and that is why we’ve joined Transportation for Vermonters, a broad new transportation coalition. As part of the T4VT coalition, VPIRG will be ...

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After Equifax: VPIRG Calls for Data Privacy Protections

The following are comments submitted by VPIRG at the public hearing of the Vermont House Commerce and Economic Development Committee responding to the Equifax Data Breach and other data privacy related concerns: Good evening. I’m Zachary Tomanelli – the Communications and Technology Director for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, VPIRG, the state’s largest environmental and ...

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Hundreds gather for Crossroads Conference in Burlington

On Saturday, November 11th hundreds of Vermonters gathered at Champlain College in Burlington for the 2017 Vermont Crossroads Conference. VPIRG co-hosted the day-long event along with a number of other prominent organizations: ACLU, Main Street Alliance, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Rights and Democracy, Toxics Action Center, VNRC, the Vermont-NEA, Justice for All and ...

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Wind Sound Rules Approved by LCAR

On Thursday, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) voted 5-2 to approve the rules governing wind sound as proposed by the Public Utility Commission (PUC), imposing a sound restriction of 39 decibels at night and 42 during the day. This rule will likely make it impossible for any large wind projects to be approved ...

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Mother Up! And VPIRG Team Up

Over the course of the last week, VPIRG organizers met with regional Mother Up! groups in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro to discuss our climate and clean energy priorities for the 2018 legislative session, as well as best practices for citizen lobbying. Mother Up! Is a node of 350VT geared towards parents who, despite having their hands ...

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Groups Oppose Industry Apologist for EPA Post

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), along with over 100 other groups including the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, strongly opposes the nomination of Michael Dourson to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dourson has a history of serving the interests of big business and industry, including working for ...

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