Vermont Conservation Voters

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Core Issues

Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) works side-by-side with your elected officials to help pass legislation that will ensure Vermont offers a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

Each year, VCV publishes the Vermont Environmental Common Agenda of legislative priorities. This Agenda represents the priorities of a range of environmental organizations across Vermont working on matters affecting our shared natural resources, the character of our communities, and the health of Vermonters.

The following environmental priorities will be advocated for by Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) and partner groups in the 2017 legislative session. These are focal issues on which VCV will assess lawmakers’ actions in the Environmental Scorecard, and VCV then works to inform voters about their elected officials’ leadership, support, or opposition to these goals.

NEW: 2017 Environmental Common Agenda

2016 Environmental Common Agenda

Toxic Chemical Reform

In the winter of 2016, the toxic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was discovered in water supplies in Bennington County, Vermont. Subsequent testing has shown contamination in other regions of Vermont. This chemical was used to make a variety of products, including Teflon, and persists in the environment for decades. PFOA exposure is correlated with high […]

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Climate Action

The effects of global warming are already being felt in Vermont, and scientists predict these impacts will worsen over time. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and make the transition to a low-carbon economy. This transition will be essential in Vermont and around the planet as we try to reduce the threat – and significant costs – of increasingly destructive weather events like Tropical Storm Irene and other negative impacts of climate change.

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Clean Water

Water quality in Vermont fails to meet basic standards of health in many regions, including Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain and other state waters provide incalculable value for the state, supporting everything from tourism and recreation to commercial uses to drinking water. In recent years, the degradation of our waters has been abundantly clear as we see extensive and pervasive blue-green algae blooms, impacting local economies by hurting recreation, tourism, property values, and overall quality of life. And the problem extends beyond Lake Champlain: waters across Vermont are in trouble. More and more Vermonters from a range of perspectives have joined the chorus calling for more action to clean up our waters.

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Healthy Forests & Wildlife

Vermont’s forested landscape is central to our state’s identity and economy. From traditional jobs in the woods, to recreational opportunities for hunters, hikers and anglers, to helping filter and clean our waters, mitigating the effects of climate change, and providing a home for iconic wildlife – healthy forests are an essential asset for Vermont.

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Sustainable Communities

Vermont’s working landscape and the economic vitality of our downtowns and villages set Vermont apart from other states. A variety of regulatory programs and financial incentives – including support for local and regional planning efforts – help us maintain our distinctive character, healthy environment, and vibrant communities. These programs must be protected, and in some instances, strengthened.

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