We celebrated VPIRG’s 50th Anniversary on September 17, 2022, and it sure was a great party!
It was amazing to see so many friends, colleagues, and supporters gathered together to honor the past, celebrate VPIRG’s many victories, and brainstorm our future together. (A digital version of the event program is available here).
We were honored to have special guests Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch, both of whom shared very kind remarks about this organization. Scores of former VPIRG canvassers, students, organizers, advocates, and trustees reunited and made connections with new generations. And renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe gave a great and interactive keynote address. You can view the 5-minute opening video here and some of the event highlights on our Facebook page here.
Katharine’s message has informed the work of our Keep Vermont Cool campaign. It was great to see her integrate local data that VPIRG gathered into her talk. Her compelling presentation and call for action were both sobering and inspiring – not an easy feat. You can view the full photo gallery here. And to see a video of the speakers, go here.