A subcommittee member led others through an exercise that put a fine point on the demographic makeup of the Climate Council’s Just Transitions subcommittee. It’s charged with protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable communities while Vermont transitions through climate-focused changes.
Author: Emma Cotton
Burlington emergency vet sees uptick in respiratory illness in dogs
The illness has circulated around New England, but veterinarians still aren’t sure what’s causing it.
Stakeholders debate controversial bill to ban chemical treatments for aquatic nuisances
The bill is unlikely to pass out of the House Environment and Energy Committee in its current form.
The EPA has proposed new drinking water standards for ‘forever chemicals.’ What does that mean for Vermont?
As many as 60 of Vermont’s roughly 700 public drinking water systems have detectable levels of PFAS that are below the state’s current standard but could be above a new national standard, according to state officials.
Final Reading: Stakeholders scramble to compromise on fossil fuel divestment
The current version of the bill would require the Vermont Pension Investment Commission to create a plan to divest Vermont’s three statutory pension plans — with a few exemptions — from the fossil fuel industry by 2031.
Shaftsbury officials hope a new energy plan will give them more sway amid debate over solar siting
“The size of this project was kind of an eye opener,” said Dave Kiernan, Shaftsbury’s town administrator. “We just need to have the ability to have a stronger voice when these projects come up.”
Voters around Vermont sign off on upgrades to wastewater and stormwater projects
Vermonters on Tuesday approved tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to address aging infrastructure problems.
Clean heat standard moves forward on 19-10 Senate vote
Amid debates that have reached a fever pitch across the state, lawmakers advanced S.5, which aims to transform the way Vermonters heat their homes.
In search of ‘balance’: Conservationists wade into an age-old debate as they seek more protection for forests
As lawmakers and land trusts pursue conservation goals, new trends in the state mean Vermonters are having “a really tough conversation about what our forests are, what they mean to us and what we want from them,” one forester said.
The Deeper Dig: In the forest, a patch of common ground
Amid heated debate over what’s best for forests — and people who rely on them — one Vermont proposal seeks to balance “forever wild” with active forest management.