Vermont Renews

Fighting together for a just Vermont

A better world isn’t just possible, it’s necessary – and it starts with us.

To address the overlapping crises we face – unemployment, the COVID pandemic, climate change, and racial injustice – RAD co-founded the Renew New England Alliance, a multi-racial, regional coalition of more than 150 organizations across six states, working to advance a bold policy agenda grounded in a just transition to a regenerative economy.

Here in Vermont, we are the anchor organization for Renews affiliate state coalition, Vermont Renews. Together, we are building a powerful grassroots movement to reimagine Vermont from the ground up and win a future in which every Vermonter – Black, brown, and white, Indigenous and immigrant – has a well-paying, dignified job; a safe and affordable home; enough food; and clean air and water. Join us!

Our Jobs Guarantee

The core of our plan is a Jobs Guarantee, which will ensure that everyone who wants a job will have one and that all jobs created will meet or exceed the prevailing wage, paying no less than $15 per hour, with strong union protections and a full range of benefits. 

The Jobs Guarantee will support local, small businesses and create new public employment initiatives designed to modernize our region’s infrastructure while ensuring that everyone’s basic needs are met in the areas of housing, healthcare, food, energy, transportation, and clean air and water.

Our Campaigns

HOUSING
JUSTICE

Every Vermonter needs safe and affordable housing. We are organizing to strengthen and expand tenants’ rights and ensure that everyone can afford their energy costs.

FOOD
JUSTICE

We are working to advance a healthy, participatory food system that centers racial equity, upholds fair labor standards, and guarantees the right to nutritious food.

GREEN
JUSTICE ZONES

With Green Justice Zones, we can ensure that communities most burdened by past and present environmental harms are at the forefront of building a regenerative economy.

ADDITIONAL KEY PRIORITIES

Continue building on the foundations set by winning the passage of S 148, An act relating to environmental justice in Vermont, in 2022. This policy sets definitions and standards for environmental justice in Vermont and creates a state environmental justice Board. 

Create labor standards including a $15 wage for all workers in the climate sector and access to unions.