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Our mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.

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VBSR to Honor Paul Millman at 15th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony & Dinner Sept. 21

VBSR is pleased to honor Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, at the 15th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner, one of our largest and most festive events of the year.

This year's event will take place on Septemeber 21st, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. In a nod to Paul’s dedication to employee ownership and community, the celebration will be held at Barre’s Old Labor Hall, a National Historical Landmark with a rich history of supporting workers’ rights and community-supported businesses.

Guests will have the chance to network and celebrate while enjoying a cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, complimented by a cash bar - all featuring Vermont producers, including many VBSR members. Don’t miss this unique gathering of entrepreneurial, mission-driven business professionals!

Join us!

 

Nathaniel Group to Host Networking Get-Together

Join us on September 7th

VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for an evening networking and education at Nathaniel Group in Vergennes! Join us as we “Get-Together” to talk employee engagement, energy reduction, and longterm commitment to social responsibility. This is event is free and open to anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business. Visit our event page for more information and registration details

 

Share your Purchasing Practices

In our recent survey, you said VBSR is a great hub for sharing business practices. For instance, recently someone asked about purchasing. Do you have a purchasing policy aligned with your company's mission? Does it encourage employees to buy local or organic food for meetings? Use building materials sourced from Vermont wood? Ask subcontractors if their wages meet Vermont's Basic Needs Budget?
 
If you have a policy or idea to contribute, please put it in your sharing folder (e.g., Dropbox), then post the link in the LinkedIn group for VBSR members to help others align their purchases with their values. To start the conversation, Seventh Generation has kindly shared their policy (thanks Seventh Gen!), which we've also posted a link to in the VBSR LinkedIn group. 

This is a great reminder to all of us ... our choices make a difference!

Prefer to email us a copy of your policy and have us do the work of sharing it with our membership? Contact Jane today!
 

160 Members and Friends Attend SunCommon Get-Together

Vermont’s newest net-positive building received a visit from nearly 160 VBSR members and friends on July 28th, as SunCommon played host to VBSR’s July Networking Get-Together at their new Waterbury headquarters. Guests enjoyed tours of the new space, intentionally designed to be welcoming and safe for the organization’s 60+ employees. The crowd also sampled great food from VBSR member Stowe Street Cafe and engaged in a conversation around sustainability, energy independence and employee-being.

Sponsors of the event included Merritt & Merritt, OPEN Community Acupuncture, Bluestone Life, WrightJones PLC, Gordon's Window Decor, Vermont Community Loan Fund, and Maclay Architecture, who played an instrumental role in the building’s design.

Special thanks to everyone who joined us for an evening of networking and education! We were thrilled to get to so many good photos of guests enjoying the evening!
 

325+ Attend VBSR Spring Conference

On Thursday, May 12th more than 325 business and nonprofit leaders, legislators, students, state employees, and activists came together for a day of education around socially responsible practices in the workplace. Gathering the LEED certified Davis Center at the University of Vermont in downtown Burlington, attendees of VBSR's 26th Annual Spring Conference experienced a robust and varied agenda.

We took some great pictures of attendees and several attendees chimed in on social media, using the hashtag "#vbsrspring" to share their experiences.

 

 

Contact VBSR

(802) 862-8347     info@vbsr.org     255 South Champlain Street, Suite 11, Burlington, VT 05401

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Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Marketing Partners Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: SunCommon Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc. Sponsor: Vermont State Employees Credit Union