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 organizations across Vermont working on matters affecting our shared natural resources, the character of our communities, and the health of Vermonters.

The 2022 Common Agenda recognizes that we are in a time of profound challenges and historic opportunities. Our communities are being stressed by the ongoing pandemic, which is exacerbating problems and inequities in many systems we rely on, including public health, education, and childcare. These strains are further contributing to the housing crisis, food insecurity, workforce shortages, racial injustice, and more.

At the same time, due to an influx of federal funding, Vermont has unprecedented resources that we can invest in rebuilding healthier, more equitable, and more resilient communities in all corners of our state.

The policy priorities identified in the 2022 Environmental Common Agenda seek to address many systemic challenges we face, and put us on a path to a more sustainable, healthy, and prosperous future. We must build on the hard work put into developing the Climate Action Plan. Many of the steps identified in the plan can help Vermonters and local businesses save on their energy bills, build more equitable communities, reduce pollution, invest in natural solutions, protect wildlife habitat, improve public health, strengthen our communities’ resilience to extreme weather, and train a workforce for the 21st century.

Specifically, we are calling on lawmakers to:

Scroll down and click on the topics below to learn more about our 2022 priorities and where things ended up this legislative session.

2022 Environmental Common Agenda

View previous Common Agendas at the following links:

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

PFAS and other toxic chemicals harm our bodies’ immune systems, cause diseases like cancer, and contaminate our environment. Last year, lawmakers unanimously enacted nation-leading legislation that banned PFAS and other chemicals from a range of consumer products. This year, Vermont must build on this work by banning PFAS and other dangerous chemicals from personal care […]

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Climate Action

In 2020, the Vermont Legislature created the Climate Council and required them to develop a Climate Action Plan. The initial plan was released in December 2021, and lays out a suite of investment and policy initiatives necessary to drive down climate pollution and meet our Global Warming Solutions Act targets; strengthen our communities’ resilience; and […]

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Clean Water

Vermont lawmakers made a historic commitment to funding clean water initiatives in 2021, and we must build on that progress. New federal funding creates an opportunity to address a generational backlog of projects to ensure clean drinking water for all, expand water and sewer infrastructure in our downtowns and villages, address toxic contamination of water […]

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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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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 legislatively-created Single Use Products Working Group, our current use and disposal patterns are inefficient, expensive, and […]

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The health of our environment is inextricably linked to the health of our democracy. Right now, we are seeing unprecedented attacks on our democracy — from the storming of the US Capitol last year, to a flurry of state legislation that aims to make it harder for certain people to vote. Further, Supreme Court decisions […]

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