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.

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

2021 Environmental Common Agenda

2020 Environmental Common Agenda

2019 Environmental Common Agenda

2018 Environmental Common Agenda

2017 Environmental Common Agenda

2016 Environmental Common Agenda

Toxic Chemical Reform

Exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals weakens our bodies’ immune systems, causes diseases like cancer, and is reported to reduce antibody responses to vaccines — potentially exacerbating the impacts of COVID-19. Lawmakers have an important opportunity to turn off the tap, preventing these harmful PFAS chemicals from being brought into our state by banning their use […]

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Climate Action

We believe that we can and must shape pandemic response and recovery measures that address multiple challenges simultaneously — including public health, affordability, equity, and the climate crisis. By making strategic investments via the state budget, transportation bill, and using federal stimulus funds, we can: Help Vermonters save money and have more options for getting […]

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Clean Water

Vermont must continue the progress it has made in funding clean water programs, and make headway on issues that continue to pose threats to Vermont’s rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes and ponds. Farm pollution continues to be a significant threat to water quality. We recognize that our agricultural system – particularly the conventional dairy industry – has been […]

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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

Vermont’s landmark land-use law, Act 250, has shaped the land and communities of our state — from historic compact community centers surrounded by working lands, to important natural areas that support outdoor recreation, wildlife, clean air and water. Starting in 2017, a legislative commission worked for two years to evaluate options for improving Act 250 as it […]

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Zero Waste

Building on important work done in recent years to ban specific single-use products, we must continue to develop and implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and improve how we manage waste. As underscored by the legisla- tively-created Single Use Products Working Group, our current use and disposal patterns are inefficient, expensive, and […]

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Environmental Justice & Democracy

Nationally and in Vermont, due to structural racism, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have had less access to land, homes, and equity; have disproportionately borne the impacts of pollution, and have far too often been left out of policy decisions that impact their lives. Environmental policy must work to rectify the structural racism that […]

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