Who are we?

Vermonters for a Clean Environment is a statewide non-profit corporation. We believe that Vermont’s economic growth depends on its environmental health.

VCE was founded in 1999 by citizens in southwestern Vermont who joined together to deal with an inappropriate industrial development project. VCE’s members now come from all over Vermont.

VCE Board of Directors 2016

Steve Halford, President, Wallingford
Adam Guettel, Vice President, Tinmouth
Kathy Halford, Treasurer, Wallingford
Jennifer Baker, Monkton
Robbin Clark, Lowell
Steve Burzon, Landgrove

This grassroots organization receives the majority of our funding from citizens, with additional foundation support. Over the years we have received grants from New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Lear Family Foundation, Patagonia Foundation, Lintilhac Foundation, Johnson Family Foundation Fund, Ettinger Foundation, Prentice Foundation, Maverick Lloyd Foundation, Kelsey Trust, Rodgers Family Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation’s Sustainable Future Fund, and the Park Foundation.

VCE’s staff consists of founder and Executive Director Annette Smith (article in Rutland HeraldAP storyprofile in Vermont Farm Women book, profile in Seven Days) who works out of Danby (802) 446-2094, with Community Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Cooper and Regulatory Affairs Director John Brabant. We hire lawyers, experts and public outreach as necessary to achieve our goals.

What is our mission?

VCE is fighting for the economic well-being of all Vermonters assuring appropriate use of our resources — our people, our land, our air and our water.

We are united in the belief that Vermont’s future lies in conserving its clean, rural, small-town environment. We have joined together to pursue the common goals of encouraging economic development with minimal environmental impacts and preserving Vermont’s natural beauty. VCE is committed to providing facts and information so that people can make informed decisions.

Vermont has some of the cleanest air in the nation and large quantities of pure water. We support long-term planning for sustainable economic and energy policies for Vermont that will benefit Vermonters and set standards for other states to follow.

We encourage your participation.

Get Involved

Join VCE and support our mission to protect Vermont’s environment and economy. Members receive updates on issues, provide feedback, and identify impending projects. Please contact us for more information.