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Public Policy Committee

VBSR Public Policy committee members meet monthly to develop policy and positions either proactively or in response to emerging issues. The committee gets feedback from the larger membership via member surveys, regional policy forums, and other VBSR events.  Recommendations from the Public Policy Committee are made to the VBSR Board, and the Board votes on the committee's recommendations.

How to Join 

The Board appoints public policy committee members. Please contact Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow if you are interested in the committee.

What the Committee Does

The Public Policy Committee uses the following criteria to determine which issues to concentrate on. An issue must:  

  • Affect a broad range of businesses (not just one sector, e.g., retailers),
  • Have a direct impact on business in Vermont (not a general social concern),
  • Be one through which we can take a creative and pro-active stand,
  • Be related to VBSR's mission,
  • Have an active member willing to take the lead on the issue,
  • Have a feasible outcome, and
  • Be one where we can make an impact.
Public Policy Committee Members

Name   Company

Russ Bennett, Commitee Chair



Northland Design & Construction, Inc.


Judy Bevans


Sterling College

David Blittersdorf


AllEarth Renewables Inc.

Michael Burak


Burak Anderson & Melloni


Jennifer Chiodo


Cx Associates


James Ehlers


Lake Champlain International


David Epstein



Pat Heffernan, past Chair


Marketing Partners, Inc.



Bram Kleppner


Danforth Pewter

Don Mayer, past Chair


Small Dog Electronics


Chris Miller


Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.


Leslie Nulty


ValleyNet - ECFiber


Kate Paine


Marketing Partners, Inc.


Mary Sullivan


Burlington Electric

Rebecca Towne


Green Mountain Power

Daniel Barlow, Committee Staff



Champion Members!

Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Main Street Landing Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: Small Dog Electronics Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc.