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Vermont Conservation Voters Celebrates Victories of Pro-Environment Candidates

Montpelier, VT — Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV)-endorsed candidates won an overwhelming majority (84%) of their races on Election Day, including five statewide officers, 20 state senators, and 86 state representatives.   “VCV’s endorsed candidates had a very strong night,”  said Lauren Hierl, executive director of Vermont Conservation Voters. “While we wait for every vote to be […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses TJ Donovan for Attorney General

Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan for re-election. “Attorney General TJ Donovan has fought for a clean, healthy environment in Vermont and nationally,” said Lauren Hierl, Executive Director of VCV. “While in office, Donovan has provided critical support for the Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act, took meaningful […]

Vermont House Overrides Governor’s Climate Veto

Vermont’s House of Representatives successfully voted to override Governor Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act today. The bill will require Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities. A coalition of groups in support of the bill released the […]

Groups Call on Legislature to Override Governor’s Veto of Landmark Climate Bill

Bill Would Cut Climate Pollution and Strengthen Vermont Communities September 15, 2020 (Montpelier, VT) — Governor Scott has vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by both the Vermont House and Senate. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Jim Condos for Secretary of State

Montpelier, VT — Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos for re-election. “Secretary of State Jim Condos has successfully worked to make Vermont one of the easiest states in the nation in which to vote,” said Lauren Hierl, Executive Director of VCV. “As we watch voter suppression […]

Vermont Legislature Passes Groundbreaking Climate Bill

Bill moves to Governor with overwhelming legislative support Vermont’s House of Representatives passed the Global Warming Solutions Act today with 102 votes. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities.  In January, a coalition of 30 business, […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Molly Gray for Lieutenant Governor

Montpelier, VT — Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Molly Gray for Lieutenant Governor. “Molly Gray will bring to the Lieutenant Governor’s office a compelling vision focused on building stronger and more resilient communities by investing in our people and environment. She has an impressive record of public service focused on improving […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses David Zuckerman for Governor

Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of David Zuckerman for Governor of Vermont. While serving as Lieutenant Governor, and during his nearly 20-year tenure in the Vermont House and Senate, David Zuckerman has been a consistent and effective leader on issues aligned with Vermont Conservation Voters’ mission of protecting our […]

VCV Endorses Endorses Beth Pearce for Vermont State Treasurer

Montpelier, VT — Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Beth Pearce for Vermont State Treasurer.  “Treasurer Beth Pearce has been a strong advocate for Vermont’s environment, particularly clean water funding and climate action. She has brought a unique and compelling voice to environmental initiatives, making a strong case that delaying investments in a […]

Commentary: There’s Still Time for Policies that Will Strengthen Vermont

This commentary is by Lauren Hierl, Executive Director of Vermont Conservation Voters Like so many aspects of our lives, the 2020 legislative session in Vermont has been unprecedented. For the first time, lawmakers figured out how to do committee work and hold votes virtually. Instead of adjourning before the election season got underway, as typically […]

New study indicates toxic chemicals used in take-out food packaging from popular food chains

Montpelier, VT – A new report released today by the Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund (VPIREF, an arm of VPIRG), Vermont Conservation Voters, the Mind the Store campaign, Toxic-Free Future, and other partners found that nearly half of all take-out food packaging tested from multiple popular food chains contains potentially toxic chemicals. The new investigation shows […]

VCV Endorses Doug Hoffer for State Auditor

Montpelier, VT — Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer for re-election. “Auditor Doug Hoffer has used his office to bring transparency and accountability to the state government on a range of issues, including environmental priorities. VCV is confident that he will continue working hard to ensure taxpayer dollars […]

Great American Outdoors Act passes in U.S. House and Senate

Yesterday the U.S. House passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Senate passed this legislation in June.  For the first time, full and permanent funding of LWCF has passed both chambers of Congress! This is a historic victory for our public lands and outdoor recreation, […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses First Round of Legislative Candidates

Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its first set of endorsements this election season for candidates for the Vermont Legislature. These candidates are all in races in the August 11th Primary Elections.  Through its endorsements, VCV aims to educate voters across the state on candidates whose values and actions align with our […]

Vermont Senate Votes to Approve Critical Climate Bill

(MONTPELIER, VT) – A coalition of business and environmental organizations released the following statement today after the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act.  The groups commend President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman Senator Bray, members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and the Climate Solutions […]

Vermont Senate passes bill to protect Vermont firefighters and families from toxic chemicals

Montpelier, VT — Today, the Vermont Senate passed legislation (S.295) to ban PFAS and other toxic chemicals from certain products. The bill is supported by firefighters, business groups, educators, public health and children’s advocates, and environmental groups. It now heads to the Vermont House for consideration. Lauren Hierl, executive director of Vermont Conservation Voters, noted: […]

Groups call for vote-by-mail for 2020 elections in Vermont

See our recent letter to Governor Scott and Secretary of State Condos calling for safe, accessible elections this year: Dear Gov. Scott and Secretary Condos, We appreciate your efforts to prioritize the health and well-being of Vermont’s people at this difficult time. As organizations and businesses who share your interest in safeguarding the public, we […]

COVID Response and Rebuilding Investment Recommendations

Today, VCV along with a coalition of organizations together representing tens of thousands of Vermonters, wrote to our federal delegation. We wrote to express gratitude for their leadership in crating critical emergency response measures to the public health, social, and economic cities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also provided recommendations for how we can […]

VCV and Partners Oppose Rollbacks to Recycling and Food Residual Laws

Vermont Conservation Voters and partners sent a letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife on April 9, 2020 expressing opposition to the suspension of recycling programs, and more, in Vermont. Find the full letter below. Dear Chair Sheldon and Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife, On […]

Advocates to Governor Scott: Prioritize public health and uphold environmental protections, transparency, and public access during COVID-19 crisis

Vermont environmental advocates sent a letter yesterday to Governor Phil Scott thanking him for his efforts to address the unprecedented COVID-19 emergency, and urging him to uphold environmental and public health protections during the crisis, along with public accessibility and transparency. Read the letter here. The letter comes on the heels of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s […]

Letter from Executive Director on COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Vermont Conservation Voters community,  Here at VCV, we’re thinking of you all, and hope this message finds you well despite the rapid and disorienting changes to our state and world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know our lives and communities are already, and will continue to be, disrupted in ways we’ve never seen […]

VCV Announces Congressional Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2019 National Environmental Scorecard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 12, 2020 Contact: Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org, (860) 670-2629 Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) released the 2019 National Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). The Scorecard is a valuable tool for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online […]

Work with Us this Summer!

Position:    Vermont Conservation Voters Electoral Intern Status:        Temporary Paid Internship Supervisor:  VCV Political Outreach Associate Summary Vermont Conservation Voters – a non-partisan, non-profit statewide environmental organization – is seeking a passionate and dedicated summer intern to work in Bennington County, Vermont to help elect pro-environment champions that will advocate for better […]

Urge your Rep. to vote YES on the Global Warming Solutions Act!

Climate change threatens Stowe’s economy and way of life.  On February 11, Stowe Rep. Rep. Heidi Scheuermann voted NO on the Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688), a critical climate change bill that requires the state to create and implement a plan that will achieve our climate pollution reduction targets. Contact Rep. Scheuermann and urge her […]

Vermont’s 2020 Environmental Common Agenda is here

Today, VCV and partner groups were proud to release Vermont’s 2020 Environmental Common Agenda, your guide to this year’s top legislative priorities for the environment, at a reception at the Vermont State House. The Common Agenda represents the priorities of a range of environmental organizations across Vermont who are working to engage policymakers and the […]

A 2020 Vision for Vermont

Today, we wanted to share with you a somewhat atypical report that Vermont Conservation Voters partnered on called A 2020 Vision for Vermont (the “Vision”). Check it out here! The Vision represents the work of a range of organizations – many of whom we don’t work with on a regular basis – who came together with the belief that, together, […]

2020 Plan for Climate Action in Vermont

30 Vermont Groups Present a 2020 Plan for Climate Action in the Vermont Legislature Montpelier, VT – Today at the Vermont State House, 30 Vermont organizations representing business, youth, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and other diverse interests presented a policy plan for climate action in 2020. Find the plan here. The plan proposes a […]

Vermont Legislators Take Up Landmark Climate Bill

Global Warming Solutions Act will slash greenhouse gas emissions (MONTPELIER, VT) – Today, as youth leaders crowded the State House demanding bold climate action, Vermont legislators took up a bill designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions and confront the climate crisis. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV), Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Vermont […]

Climate & Transportation Advocates React to State’s MOU for Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI)

Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) Proposed Framework Would Result in Meaningful, Though Partial, Progress in Tackling Transportation-Related Climate Pollution Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont joined other New England and mid-Atlantic states, along with Washington, DC, in issuing a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Modeled on the successful Regional Greenhouse […]

New poll finds strong, growing, statewide support for action on the climate crisis

Montpelier – Polling released yesterday showed strong support for a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution – and a dramatically increased level of concern among Vermonters about global warming. Among the results: 76% of Vermonters said they are either very worried or somewhat worried about global warming, with 61% stating they are […]

Dark Waters VT Premiere

Join us for a one night screening of feature film Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Tim Robbins December 10th at 6pm Roxy Cinemas222 College St.Burlington, VT 05401 Cost: FREE First Come, First Served – Limited Seating Available Reserve your seat at: http://darkwaters-vt.eventfarm.com/ The true story of a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who […]

Join us: Climate Solutions Caucus Roadshow

Members of the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy discussions all over the state to bring more Vermonters into the conversation and get their input on this vital issue.   Join your local representatives and members of the Climate Solutions Caucus to talk about how Vermont can take action on climate […]

Vermont Environmental Organizations Support Youth-Led Global Climate Strikes

This Friday, across the planet and across Vermont, young people will be taking a stand, calling for long-overdue action to combat the growing climate crisis. As organizations who have long pushed for the State of Vermont to do its part on global warming, we honor, support and celebrate the courageous voices of youth who are […]

Environmental Legislative Roundup: Where Are We Now?

   Now that the Governor has officially signed – or vetoed – VCV’s priority environmental bills, we wanted to share an update on where we landed. A number of notable environmental bills passed the Legislature and were signed by the Governor this year, including: Better protections for children from toxic chemicals in kids’ products; A new requirement to […]

Gov. Scott reverses course; signs bill to protect kids from toxic threats

Late yesterday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill (S.55) that he had previously blocked as both governor and lieutenant governor in its earlier iterations. The law is designed to better protect children from toxic chemicals in products that are made specifically for kids. The new law makes important changes to the Chemicals […]

Governor Scott’s Veto of Medical Monitoring Bill Protects Corporate Polluters Rather than Vermonters

Today Governor Scott vetoed a bill that would have helped victims of toxic contamination by allowing Vermonters to seek medical monitoring expenses from the polluter that released toxic chemicals. The bill also would have authorized the State of Vermont to sue companies that manufacture chemicals that contaminate the environment and cause harm to our air, land, […]

Bennington Lawmakers and Residents Urge Governor Scott to Sign Bill to Help Victims of Toxic Contamination, S.37

Bennington, VT — Today, lawmakers and Bennington residents impacted by toxic PFAS contamination called on Governor Phil Scott to sign legislation (S.37) to help Vermonters access medical monitoring for diseases linked to toxic exposure. View the video footage of the press conference here. S.37 holds polluters accountable for the harm caused by toxic chemical releases. […]

Vermont Legislators Give Final Approval to Nation’s Toughest Bill Yet Tackling Single-Use Plastics

Montpelier, VT – Vermont legislators have raised the bar when it comes to regulating the scourge of single-use plastics, advocates say. A bill (S.113) with overwhelming legislative support was sent to Gov. Phil Scott today. It takes aim at plastic bags, straws, drink stirrers and expanded polystyrene. “Single-use plastics like bags, cups, containers and straws […]

Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Help Vermonters Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

Today, the Vermont Senate voted to help Vermonters exposed to toxic chemicals by approving legislation, S.37. This bill holds polluters accountable for medical monitoring costs that are due to toxic exposure. This bill would allow a Vermonter with high levels of a toxic chemical in their body, which is found be the fault of an […]

Legislative Update, Week 19

It’s been a busy week at the State House, with some exciting progress on our priorities. The Legislature will be back next week, aiming to wrap up their business for the year. Here are a few highlights: The House voted in strong support of a bill to help Vermonters impacted by toxic contamination to access […]

Vermont House Passes Two Bills to Protect Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals

Contact: Jon Groveman, Vermont Natural Resources Council, jgroveman@vnrc.org, 802-249-7736 Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters, (860) 670-2629, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org Montpelier, VT – Today, the Vermont House voted to protect Vermont families by supporting two bills – one to hold toxic polluters accountable (S.37) and another to reduce our children’s exposure to toxic chemicals in children’s products (S.55). […]

Legislative Update – Week 18

As you can probably tell from the action alerts this week, there was a lot of important activity on our priority environmental bills at the State House! Here are a few brief highlights: The House voted in strong support of new, dedicated clean water funding The House voted in strong support of a bill to […]

Vermont House Makes Important Initial Progress to Establish Long-Term Clean Water Funding

The Vermont House of Representatives has taken a major step towards establishing long-term funding for clean water.  Long-term water funding is required by the Vermont Clean Water Act, Act 64 of 2015, and is needed to restore water quality in Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, which are under orders issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), […]

Legislative Update – Week 17

The legislative session is starting to wind down, which means we need to work harder than ever to ensure our environmental priorities make it over the finish line! A lot of our bills are still in play — here are a few quick highlights from this week: hundreds of young people came together for the […]

We’re Hiring! Now Accepting Applications for a Political Outreach Associate

The Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV), in partnership with the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), has an exciting opportunity for an outgoing person who wants to have a significant impact on the future of Vermont. We are looking for a motivated person to help advance policy initiatives related to protecting Vermont’s natural resources, the health of […]

Vermont Senate Passes Groundbreaking Bill to Help Vermonters Harmed By Toxic Pollution

Montpelier, VT – Today, the Vermont Senate passed a bill (S.37) that helps Vermonters who have been harmed by toxic chemical contamination and face increased medical expenses, reduced property value, and other harms as a result of chemical contamination.  Last year, the Senate passed a similar bill and part of the bill was passed by […]

Legislative Update – Week 8

Many VCV priority bills remain in play at the State House. We’re getting closer to the “crossover” deadline when bills need to pass through either the House or Senate to stay alive for this year. We continue advocating for action on our top goals — including long-term clean water funding, climate action, better protections from […]

Legislative Update – Week 5

This week at the Vermont State House, testimony continued on numerous environmental initiatives. We continued advocating for our top goals this year — including long-term clean water funding, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. VCV released the 2019 Environmental Common Agenda at the Vermont State House this week. Click here to read the […]

Legislative Update, Week 4

As we wrap up the fourth week of the legislative session, testimony continues and bills are starting to take shape. We continue to educate lawmakers about our top goals for the year — including long-term clean water funding, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. Catch up with our Legislative Update from […]

Legislative Update, Week 3

It’s the third week of the legislative session. Committees are digging in on testimony about priority issues. We continue to educate lawmakers about our top goals for the year — including long-term clean water funding, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. Catch up with our Legislative Update from last week, and […]

Climate Action Plan for 2019

Coalition of 25 Diverse Groups Unveils Shared Priorities and Recommendations for Climate Action in 2019

Legislative Update, Week 2

We’re in the second week of the legislative session. Committees are getting up to speed on the issues they’ll be wrestling with, and priorities are being set. We’re working hard to educate lawmakers about our priorities for the year — including clean water funding, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. Catch […]

Legislative Update, Week 1

The 2019 Vermont legislative session kicked off this week. The new legislators and statewide officers have been sworn in. Committees have been assigned. And we’re working hard to connect with lawmakers and share our priorities for the year – including clean water funding, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. With a strong group of returning […]

Legislative Update Preview: Back in Session This Week!

The 2019 Vermont legislative session gets underway this week, and we wanted to give you a preview of some of the top environmental issues we will be advocating for this year. These include legislation related to clean water, climate action, better protections from toxic chemicals, and modernizing Act 250. With a strong group of returning and new […]

An Urgent Call for Vermont Leadership on Climate Change

We have a plan for taking action on climate in 2018-19. Find it here. Help us make sure Vermont takes these steps forward. Ask your lawmakers to #ActOnClimateVT! Sign up to receive the VNRC/VCV Climate Dispatch, our weekly Facebook Live video update, in your inbox. It’s a great way to stay informed about legislative action – […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Celebrates Strong Wins for the Environment on Election Day

Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) is pleased to announce that in its priority electoral races, pro-environment candidates won 28 out of 33 hotly contested seats in the 2018 elections. Further, an overwhelming majority of Vermont Conservation Voters-endorsed candidates won their races, including 5 statewide officers, 20 state senators, and 93 state representatives. “On Election Day, Vermonters […]

Here’s How to Get Involved in VCV’s Election Efforts

Election Day is 2 weeks away! Are you ready? Here are all the ways you can get involved in VCV’s election efforts, from preparing at home to helping us get out the word.   Study up: Who should you vote for? Last week, we shared our list of 2018 pro-environment legislative candidate endorsements, which you can review by clicking […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Pro-Environment Legislative Candidates

Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) released its complete slate of pro-environment endorsements for candidates running for the Vermont State Legislature. Find out which local candidates were endorsed at: VermontConservationVoters.com/elections. “VCV is pleased to endorse so many candidates for the Vermont House and Senate who understand that a healthy environment is essential to a healthy economy and good quality of life,” said […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses David Zuckerman for Lieutenant Governor

Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman for re-election. In his term as Lieutenant Governor, and during his nearly 20-year tenure in the Vermont House and Senate, David has demonstrated consistent leadership on environmental issues and a range of progressive policies. He has strongly advocated for renewable energy […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Christine Hallquist for Vermont Governor

Today, the Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Christine Hallquist for Governor, following a candidate interview and detailed review of Hallquist’s positions on VCV’s priority environmental issues. Governor Phil Scott did not participate in VCV’s 2018 candidate interview process, despite being invited. However, his long record on environmental issues as […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Beth Pearce for Vermont State Treasurer

Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce for re-election. Treasurer Pearce has been a staunch advocate for investing in clean water, climate resilience, and energy improvements for Vermont’s changing infrastructure. In 2016, Treasurer Pearce conducted a keystone study on long-term funding for clean water, emphasizing the ways our economy […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses T.J. Donovan for Vermont Attorney General

Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan for re-election. “Attorney General Donovan has demonstrated strong leadership on environmental issues since taking office in 2017, and VCV is confident that he will continue to work to hold polluters accountable and ensure a healthy environment for all Vermonters,” said Lauren […]

Vermont House Gives Final Approval to Bill to Help Protect Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water and Kids’ Products

Montpelier – The Vermont House gave final approval yesterday to a bill (S.103) that better protects children against dangerous toxic chemicals in children’s products and requires new drinking water wells to be tested for certain harmful contaminants.   The bill was introduced last year, following the discovery of the cancer-causing chemical PFOA in drinking water in Bennington County, and elsewhere around the state.  S.103 now […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Joins Partners to Launch Nationwide Campaign for Local Progress on Clean Energy

Montpelier, VT – In the absence of federal leadership, and building on a string of clean energy policy wins in states across the nation, Vermont Conservation Voters is joining with the national League of Conservation Voters and other state affiliates in the Conservation Voter Movement to double down on the progress that can be made […]

Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Help Vermonters Harmed by Toxic Pollution

Montpelier, VT – Today, the Vermont Senate passed a bill (S.197) that helps Vermonters who have been harmed by toxic chemical contamination and face increased medical expenses, reduced property value, and other harms as a result of the chemical contamination.   Current law is tipped significantly to favor corporations who can attempt to avoid responsibility […]

Op-Ed by North Bennington Resident Jim Sullivan on Bill to Help Vermonters Harmed by Toxics like PFOA

  I would like to express my appreciation to Senators Dick Sears and Brian Campion for introducing and working for passage of legislation (S.197) that would provide legal recourse for Vermonters directly affected by the release of toxic contaminants into the environment.  Our experience with perflourooctonaic acid (PFOA) contamination of domestic water supplies and the […]

Legislative Update – Town Meeting Week

This Town Meeting Week, we’re at the mid-point of the 2018 legislative session, and want to provide an update on where top priority VCV legislation stands: CLEAN WATER: #CleanWaterVT A bill related to how to fund long-term clean up of state waters (S.260) has passed through the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Finance committees. We […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Announces Delegation Scores from the League of Conservation Voters’ 2017 National Environmental Scorecard

Montpelier, Vermont – Vermont Conservation Voters today released the Vermont delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) 2017 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online at scorecard.lcv.org.   “As the Trump administration launched attack after attack on […]

Make An Impact for Clean Water!

  Five Ways You Can Make Your Voice Heard in Support of Clean Water:   Contact your legislators via email, a handwritten note, or give them a quick call. Ask them to support long-term clean water funding, and share why you care about clean water.  Find your legislators’ contact information at this link:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2018 Ask your friends to contact their lawmakers about […]

Legislative update: Week 5

In the fifth week of the legislative session, lawmakers are continuing to take testimony and we’re starting to see some progress on several issues we are prioritizing. Many environmental initiatives continue to receive attention – and we continue to advocate for enacting long-term clean water funding, toxic chemical reforms, climate action, and healthy forests. CLEAN WATER: #CleanWaterVT […]

Vermont joins nine state coalition to advance carbon pricing legislation

Focus on growing jobs, helping all participate in the clean energy transformation Montpelier, VT – Sen. Chris Pearson, Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Rep. David Deen, and advocates from the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition today announced Vermont’s participation in the Carbon Costs Coalition. This multi-state coalition is focused on reducing carbon emissions, ensuring equity in policy proposals, […]

RSVP today for Clean Water Day 2018: Feb. 22 in Montpelier

We can no longer take clean water for granted. Pollution from farms, development, and wastewater has impaired many of our waterways, some of which no longer meet our basic water quality standards. Without adequate short and long-term funding, pollution will continue to undermine our public health, economic vitality, and cultural identity. But you can help […]

Step-by-step guide to staying in touch with VCV on Facebook

Recently, Facebook made changes to their News Feed that makes it more challenging for our friends and members to see our posts on Facebook. We frequently post articles here on our website, but also share original content and urgent updates on Facebook. If you’d like to keep seeing VCV posts, stories, events, and videos in […]

Legislative update: Week 4

In the fourth week of the legislative session, lawmakers have been taking testimony and started voting on several bills we’re following. Environmental initiatives remain front and center – and we continue to work to build support for enacting clean water funding, toxic chemical reforms, climate action, and healthy forests. CLEAN WATER: #CleanWaterVT This week, the […]

Vermont Conservation Voters releases 2018 Environmental Common Agenda of legislative priorities

On Jan. 24, 2018, Vermont Conservation Voters and partners released the 2018 Vermont Environmental Common Agenda of legislative priorities at a reception in the Cedar Creek room of the Vermont State House. The Common Agenda is collectively shaped by a range of environmental organizations across Vermont working on initiatives affecting our shared natural resources, the […]

Moms And Advocates Speak Out For Protections On Toxics In Children’s Products

New policy will harm children’s health by delaying disclosure of toxics    For Immediate Release (January 22, 2018) [Burlington, VT] — Parents, advocates, and concerned residents spoke out today in downtown Burlington to demand that Governor Scott stop delaying the disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products. The Scott Administration is changing current policy to […]

Statement from Vermont Conservation Voters on State Budget Address

“The solutions Governor Scott proposed in his budget address for climate change and clean water fall dramatically short of what we need to take on the challenges Vermont faces,” said Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director. “Retrofitting a handful of wood stoves, spending Volkswagen settlement money, and exploring how to package and sell our […]

Legislative Update: Week 3

In the third week of the legislative session, lawmakers have been taking testimony and started voting on several bills we’re following. Environmental initiatives remain front and center – and we continue to work to build support for enacting clean water funding, toxic chemical reforms, climate action, and healthy forests. CLEAN WATER: #CleanWaterVT This week, the Senate […]

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects. In a letter to the legislature, the groups voiced their strong support for core provisions […]

Legislative update: Week 2

In the second week of the legislative session, legislators continue to set their priorities for the year. We already know that environmental initiatives will be in the forefront. VCV is continuing to work to ensure that clean water funding, toxic chemical reforms, climate action, and healthy forests are high on legislator’s priority lists. CLEAN WATER: […]

“Vermonters expect us to follow through on our promises”

In his State of the State speech last week, Governor Phil Scott said that “Vermonters expect us to follow through on our promises.” And we do. Whether it’s providing long-term, stable funding for clean water, taking substantial action on climate, protecting Vermont families from toxic chemicals, or keeping the lungs of our state – our […]

Legislative Update: Week 1

It’s a new year and the start of the 2018 legislative session. This week, legislators are setting priorities for the year. Some arereporting it will be a contentious year, but one thing is already clear: environmental initiatives will be front and center. VCV is working to ensure that clean water funding, toxic chemical reforms, climate […]

Your go-to resource for State House updates

From Lauren Hierl, VCV Political Director I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!  This week, legislators return to the State House for the 2018 legislative session. Since 1982, VCV has advocated for sound environmental and conservation policies, while working to elect pro-environment candidates to office. This year will be no […]

Reflections and resolutions

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share with you a few reflections and resolutions for the new year. This past year has been hard. We’ve seen unprecedented rollbacks of protections for our water, air, and public lands, and proposals to decimate funding for critical programs. On top of the active dismantling of our nation’s […]

Hierl: Governor Scott missing the mark on climate change

Submit comments to the Scott administration here. To the surprise of many, a recent Agency of Natural Resources report showed that Vermont’s statewide greenhouse gas pollution emissions are rising. Given all the impressive work we’ve done developing clean local renewable wind and solar energy, and the well-documented success of our cutting-edge energy efficiency programs, how […]

Scott administration rule change favors industry over kids

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2017 Contact:               Paul Burns, VPIRG, 802-793-1985 Lauren Hierl, VCV, 860-670-2629 Scott administration rule change favors industry over kids Montpelier – In a surprise move late Thursday, the administration of Gov. Phil Scott proposed a significant change in policy for businesses that sell children’s products in Vermont that contain at least one of 66 […]

They protect us when it matters; let’s return the favor

Across the country, people like you are stepping up and saying: enough is enough. We deserve better protections from toxic chemicals in our drinking water and products in our home. In Vermont, we’re lucky to have a broad base of support for toxic reform legislation (S.103) – including the Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV). Watch […]

Looking ahead to 2018 – with your input!

From Lauren Hierl, VCV Political Director If you’re like me, you probably dread opening up the latest newspaper or your favorite online news outlet. It’s hard to read about the most recent federal assault on clean air, or climate action, or undermining vulnerable communities’ access to clean water. At the same time, we’re seeing the […]

Election Day 2017

As voters in many parts of the country head to the polls today, we will be anxiously awaiting the results – and what those results will mean for the future of our country. A strong democracy depends on engaged citizens who vote, and who are willing to advocate for the wellbeing of their communities and our […]

VNRC seeking part-time office associate

Our partners the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), a non-profit environmental advocacy organization founded in 1963, is seeking a part-time Office Associate to join our team in Montpelier. This half-time position will provide general office support with broad duties including coordinating travel and meeting arrangements, assisting with membership appeals, copying and filing and other assignments as needed. They […]

Every Day is Children’s Environmental Health Day

From Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters’ political director The health of our children is at stake. That may sound hyperbolic, but the evidence is clear – despite many advancements in the field of children’s environmental health, today’s children face an epidemic of illness and chronic diseases linked to environmental exposures and our changing climate. As […]

Vermont Highlights “Children’s Environmental Health Day” by Calling for Stronger Protections from Harmful Chemicals

Montpelier – Governor Phil Scott, along with numerous elected officials across the country, declared October 12th Children’s Environmental Health Day. Environmental health organizations, medical professionals, business leaders, and members of the public gathered today at the Vermont State House to highlight the day, and to call for stronger protections for Vermont children from harmful chemicals. […]

Clean Water Will Take New Investments and More Protective Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Clean Water Will Take New Investments and More Protective Regulations By Lauren Hierl, Political Director, Vermont Conservation Voters Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources have declared this “Clean Water Week” in Vermont. While I believe it is important to highlight the value of clean water, we have a lot of work to do to achieve clean water for all […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Calls on Gov. Scott to Sign Budget

Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters called on Governor Scott to sign the budget that passed both the Vermont House and Senate with overwhelming support earlier this year. VCV is concerned about a veto’s potential negative impacts on environmental and climate action efforts, as well as the troubling precedent of vetoing a budget over a […]

Clean Water Day – March 29

Please join us for Clean Water Day on Wednesday, March 29th at the Vermont State House. We are bringing people together from across the state to celebrate our waters, and to call on our lawmakers to invest in this invaluable resource. RSVP for Clean Water Day! At 8:30 a.m. we will start gathering at the Pavilion […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Announces Federal Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 23, 2017 Contact: Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org Vermont Conservation Voters Announces Federal Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard Vermont delegation once again among the greenest in the country, beating back ongoing assaults on safeguards for air, water, climate, and public health Montpelier, Vermont – Vermont Conservation Voters today […]

Lawmakers Respond to PFOA Contamination by Working to Better Safeguard Public from Toxic Chemical Exposure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2017 Contact: Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org Shaina Kasper, Toxics Action Center,  shaina@toxicsaction.org   Lawmakers Respond to PFOA Contamination by Working to Better Safeguard Public from Toxic Chemical Exposure On the one-year anniversary of the discovery of PFOA contamination in private drinking water supplies in Bennington, lawmakers are working […]

VCV HONORS SEN. BRIAN CAMPION & REP. AMY SHELDON WITH ENVIRONMENTAL RISING STAR AWARD

News Release — Vermont Conservation Voters February 3, 2017 Contact: Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org Montpelier, VT – State Senator Brian Campion and Representative Amy Sheldon received the Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) Environmental Rising Star Award at a reception at the Vermont State House this week. Both legislators were awarded this honor […]

VCV Releases Environmental Common Agenda of 2017 Legislative Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2017 Contact: Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director, lhierl@vermontconservationvoters.org Vermont Conservation Voters to Release Environmental Common Agenda of 2017 Legislative Priorities VCV and partners to release guide of top environmental priorities and proposed legislative solutions for lawmakers in 2017 Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters will release its […]

Post-Election Recap and Where We Go From Here

Friends, As we wrap our heads around the implications of the national election results for our environment and our country, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the results of Vermont’s elections, and where we go from here. At the federal level, we continue to have a strong pro-environment delegation, with Senator […]

Make a Plan to Vote on Election Day

At times, this election season has seemed like it would never end – but we’re almost there, and now is the most important part! Tomorrow is Election Day, and voter turnout is expected to be high, so make sure you have your plan in place to vote. Depending on where you live, polls across Vermont […]

Let’s Not Let Koch Oil Cash Buy Vermont’s Election

By Bill McKibben I’ve been in Pennsylvania and Ohio the last few weeks, following Bernie’s advice by giving speeches and registering young voters in an effort to beat Donald Trump. Thinking about national politics all day has been toxic—by now it’s clear that America is not actually having a political campaign where we think about […]

VCV Releases New, Interactive 2016 Environmental Scorecard

Digital Scorecard gives voters easy access to legislators’ voting records on climate change, water quality, and other key environmental issues addressed by the 2015-2016 Legislature Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) released a new, interactive 2016 Environmental Scorecard. The digital Scorecard is a tool developed by VCV to help Vermonters track legislators’ voting records on key […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Pro-Environment Legislative Candidates

Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) released its complete slate of pro-environment endorsements for candidates running for the Vermont State Legislature. The incumbent candidates endorsed by VCV have strong environmental voting records, both in the 2015-2016 legislative session and throughout their tenure as elected officials. VCV tracks environmental voting records in its Environmental Scorecard. A […]

VCV Endorses TJ Donovan, Jim Condos, and Doug Hoffer

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses TJ Donovan, Jim Condos, and Doug Hoffer Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of TJ Donovan for Attorney General, Jim Condos for Secretary of State, and Doug Hoffer for Auditor. “Vermont Conservation Voters is pleased to endorse a slate of statewide candidates with strong environmental values, […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses David Zuckerman for Lt. Governor

Montpelier, VT – Vermont Conservation Voters today announced its endorsement of David Zuckerman for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. “David Zuckerman has been a long-time champion working to protect Vermont’s air, water and land,” said Lauren Hierl, Political Director for Vermont Conservation Voters. “In his years serving in both the Vermont House and Senate, he advocated […]

VCV Endorses Sue Minter for Governor

Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Sue Minter for Governor of Vermont. Of the two major gubernatorial candidates, Minter has the strongest position on climate change and has a long track record of safeguarding Vermont’s natural resources and building strong communities. The decision to endorse Minter was unanimously supported by […]

VCV-Endorsed Candidate Sue Minter and Other Environmental Champions Win Primary Races

VCV-endorsed candidates won big yesterday. Sue Minter secured the democratic nomination for Governor, and 14 out of 15 House and Senate candidates endorsed by VCV won their primary races. In the high-profile Governor’s race, Vermont Conservation Voters played a key role in Sue Minter’s strong performance yesterday. We endorsed her candidacy as the clean energy […]

Sue Minter: Democratic Candidate for Governor

Check out our video supporting Sue Minter for Governor.

It’s Primary Election Day! Have You Voted yet?

If you need any help finding your polling place, click here to find everything you need – polling locations, hours, and so on. VCV has endorsed a short initial list of pro-environment candidates: Sue Minter as Democratic Nominee for Governor SENATE Christopher Pearson (Chittenden) Ginny Lyons (Chittenden) Michael Sirotkin (Chittenden) Tim Ashe (Chittenden) Dawn Ellis […]

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorses Sue Minter for Democratic Nominee for Governor

Contact: Lauren Hierl, Political Director, Vermont Conservation Voters, lauren@vermontconservationvoters.org Montpelier, VT – Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) announced its endorsement of Sue Minter for Democratic nominee for Governor of Vermont.  The decision to endorse Minter was unanimously supported by VCV’s Board of Directors. The endorsement marks a reversal of an initial decision to not endorse a candidate […]

VCV, VNRC, and Lake Champlain International call on VPIC Chair Tom Golonka to Ensure VPIC  Divestment Subcommittee Undertakes an Open, Objective Process

Read the full letter here: Letter on VPIC Divestment Subcommittee

Vermont’s 2016 Environmental Common Agenda Released 

  Montpelier, VT – Today, leading environmental groups came together to release the 2016 Environmental Common Agenda of legislative priorities for 2016. Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) developed the Environmental Common Agenda, which 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. In addition to VCV, participating groups […]

Important Win for Vermont Children’s Health Today

Today, a key committee approved a rule that will require companies to report to the state if they’re using certain toxic chemicals in children’s products they sell in Vermont. The rule was proposed by the Department of Health, and implements a key provision in the Toxic-Free Families Act (Act 188) enacted in 2014. The rule […]

Vermont Congressional Delegation Scores High on 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

Montpelier, VT– Vermont’s Congressional delegation received high marks today from the National League of Conservation Voters for their pro-environment voting records in LCV’s 2014 National Environmental Scorecard. The delegation’s voting record stands in sharp contrast to a national trend of anti-environmental voting, particularly in the House of Representatives, according to Lauren Hierl, the political director at the Vermont Conservation […]

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