Hunters and wildlife advocates have been at odds over the rule changes, which were required by legislation passed in 2022.
Author: Emma Cotton
Housing meets climate: Officials laud new microgrid community in South Burlington
More than 150 new homes will feature rooftop solar panels, in-home Tesla Powerwall batteries for storage, onsite utility-scale battery storage, induction stoves, electric vehicle chargers and interconnected smart electrical panels.
Vermont begins process to find and remove lead lines from public drinking water
Officials with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation have asked people who use community water sources to keep an eye out for messages about scheduling a water line check.
Clean heat bill clears final hurdle as House overrides Phil Scott’s veto
With Thursday’s vote, the House avoided a repeat of last year’s episode, during which it failed to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the clean heat standard by only one vote.
Senate votes to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the clean heat bill
The body needed a two-thirds majority to overcome Scott’s veto, and senators cleared that threshold with a 20-10 vote Tuesday morning. The House is expected to hold its own override vote Thursday.
Gov. Phil Scott signs bill that prohibits paramilitary training camps
“We're in a different world than we were in even five or 10 years ago, and there are forces looking to destabilize civil society. We can't deny it anymore,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth. “So this bill is a way of saying, ‘not now, not here, not ever.’”
Small acts with impact: How to help the environment this spring
Many environmental projects in Vermont rely on volunteers, including the Vermont Butterfly Atlas, which is “pretty much entirely powered by volunteer butterfly enthusiasts across the state,” said Nathaniel Sharp, an ecologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.
Phil Scott vetoes bill that would set up a clean heat standard
Gov. Scott said he “would not veto a bill that directs the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to design a potential clean heat standard” as long as it ensures the commission’s plan would be debated transparently by lawmakers in 2025. Lawmakers who support the bill say it does exactly that.
Report: Pandemic caused lower greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, but state unlikely to hit emissions targets
According to a new inventory from the state’s Climate Action Office, emissions declined by 10% from 2017 to 2020. Meanwhile, the state is not expected to meet its legally-binding emissions reduction requirements.
Phil Scott pledges to veto clean heat standard as lawmakers plan an override
Though a similar measure failed by a single vote to overcome Scott’s veto last May, lawmakers may have the votes this time. Both the House and Senate must approve the bill by a two-thirds majority to make it law.