Vermont Conservation Voters

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Core Issues

Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) advocates for legislation that will ensure Vermont offers a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

Our vision for a bright future for Vermont includes working to advance and defend policies that protect the environment and promote health, while advancing civil rights, social, economic, and racial justice, and strengthening our democracy.

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 2021 Environmental Common Agenda will be release soon – stay tuned!

Click on the topics below to learn more about the issues we’re focused on.

2020 Environmental Common Agenda

2019 Environmental Common Agenda

2018 Environmental Common Agenda

2017 Environmental Common Agenda

2016 Environmental Common Agenda

Toxic Chemical Reform

Toxic PFAS contamination of Vermonters’ drinking water has continued to devastate communities, while highlighting systemic problems with how we regulate chemicals. This class of chemicals, PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances), have been dubbed “forever chemicals” because they persist in the environment indefinitely. They are correlated with numerous harmful impacts on human health — including […]

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Climate Action

Vermonters know that global warming is our largest threat and climate action is our greatest opportunity. We share a responsibility to reduce the pollution that is driving global warming while strengthening our economy, protecting public health, and advancing equity. Calls for urgent action to reduce climate pollution have been issued by the world’s climate scientists, […]

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Clean Water

Clean water is essential to Vermonters’ health, economy, and way of life. Healthy waters underpin our tourism and recreation economies, are essential to thriving businesses and our favorite paddling, swimming, and fishing holes, provide necessary habitat for birds and wildlife, and provide us with safe drinking water. Sadly, water pollution in Vermont is resulting in pervasive […]

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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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Act 250 Modernization

The Vermont we know and love today wouldn’t exist without Act 250. Yet despite the valuable role Act 250 has played, it was enacted 50 years ago, and is no longer meeting the needs of Vermonters. It is failing to address some of the environmental challenges of the day, such as the loss of our […]

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Zero Waste

Building on the important work done in 2019, we must continue to explore and implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improve how we manage waste. As explored by the Single Use Products Working Group in the fall of 2019, our current use and disposal patterns are inefficient, expensive, and produce […]

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