Category: Virginia Politics

2014 Session: Pursuit of Common Sense Policies
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2014 Session: Pursuit of Common Sense Policies

While Democrats swept the Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General seats for the first time since 1989, Democrats in the House of Delegates still face a Republican super majority. Election day netted Democrats a total of only one seat, moving the chamber from 68-32 to 67-33. In this partisan atmosphere, it’s difficult for environmental [...]

General Assembly 2014 – Wind and solar in Virginia: A status update
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General Assembly 2014 – Wind and solar in Virginia: A status update

By Ivy Main Guest Blogger Ivy Main has been an advocate for renewable energy with the Sierra Club since 2007. A lawyer by training, she lobbies extensively in the General Assembly for stronger clean energy policies and writes a regular blog, Power for the People VA, about energy policy in Virginia. She was the lead author [...]

Solar Installation Workshop at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Arlington, VA
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Non Profits Can Go Solar, Save Money Under New Virginia Law

By Ivy Main Guest Blogger Ivy Main has been an advocate for renewable energy with the Sierra Club since 2007. A lawyer by training, she lobbies extensively in the General Assembly for stronger clean energy policies and writes a regular blog, Power for the People VA, about energy policy in Virginia. She was the lead author [...]

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Chapter Awards Environmental Champions in Legislature

  For the first time, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club will recognize our members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the Legislature as champions for Virginia. Delegates and Senators were nominated for four categories of accolade by the Chapter’s Legislative Committee. The Committee voted to recognize five Senators and [...]

New Transportation Funding Explained
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New Transportation Funding Explained

On July 1st a new transportation funding bill takes effect.  The bill ramps funding for transportation from an additional $392 million in FiscalYear2014 to $817 million in 2018, for a total of almost $3.3 billion.  In addition, the bill provides regional funding for Northern Virginia ($1.6 billion over five years) and Hampton Roads ($1.1 billion [...]

Obama, Kaine and Warner: Time to Lead on Climate
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Obama, Kaine and Warner: Time to Lead on Climate

On February 17, thousands of Virginians joined 35,000 citizens from across the country at a rally in DC to say NO to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. If this destructive project is built, NASA scientist James Hanson has characterized it as “game over” for our efforts to fight climate change. The President and the [...]