In 2017, VPIRG went door-to-door organizing Vermonters behind a simple, but powerful idea: that our state must stand up and fight back against the outrageous attacks coming from Washington D.C.

The result? The most successful summer canvass in our 45+ year history.

But Vermonters consistently told us something else — fighting back isn’t enough. We need to move our state forward and show the rest of the nation what’s possible.

Together we can do that. On everything from climate solutions to protecting our drinking water, and from digital privacy to defending our very democracy — VPIRG is not only fighting back, but advocating for bold policies that will make Vermont a beacon in these dark and difficult times.


VPIRG joins national effort calling on Lowe’s to remove toxic paint strippers from shelves

Earlier this week, VPIRG held a press conference outside of the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in South Burlington as part of a  national “Mind the Store” campaign urging Lowe’s to stop selling deadly paint strippers. Executive Director Paul Burns made brief remarks outside of the store and presented the store…

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A big step forward for helping Vermonters impacted by toxic chemical exposure

Earlier this week, the Vermont Senate passed S.197, VPIRG-backed legislation aimed at helping Vermonters who have been harmed by toxic substance release, by a 17-13 vote. We strongly believe that Vermonters deserve the right to be protected from toxic chemical exposure and to effectively seek justice against those who poisoned…

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UPDATED: Lawmakers advance appliance efficiency standards bill

Updated (5/10/18): This week, the Vermont legislature passed H.410, the expanded appliance efficiency standards and omnibus energy bill! This bill now heads to the governor’s desk. If he signs it, Vermonters could save nearly $17 million per year in energy costs by 2025 — simply thanks to more efficient appliances.…

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