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May
20

The Skinny Pancake to Expand their ShiftMeals Program by Launching Several “Victory Farms” Across Vermont

The Skinny Pancake to extend their ShiftMeals program by launching several “Victory Farms” across Vermont The Skinny Pancake is launching a new initiative called the ShiftMeals GrowTeam in response to Vermont’s increasing food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An extension of their ShiftMeals community meals program, ShiftMeals GrowTeam invites unemployed restaurant workers and others […]

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May
20

Same Storm, Different Boats: The Pandemic’s Outsized Impact on Marginalized Communities (Change the Story)

Clockwise from top left: Kismet restaurant in Montpelier will remain closed for the time being; Facemasks made at the Vermont Glove factory for local hospitals; A class at the Heartworks Preschool in Shelburne; Cynthea Hausman at work in her eponymous spa on Burlington’s Church Street; Stephanie Seguino, a University of Vermont economist; Anne Audy was […]

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May
19

Tips for Maintaining a Safe & Healthy Workplaces during COVID-19 (ReArch Company)

By Holly LeClair, Health & Safety Manager, ReArch Company The objective to decrease the spread of COVID-19 is to focus efforts on reducing transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations, and maintain a healthy work environment. Here are a few Best Practice Tips: Have a specific plan for your workplace-both a written plan that will be revised as […]

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May
05

Slow Living Summit will be Virtual This Year

BRATTLEBORO, VT – The tenth annual Slow Living Summit has been reimagined as a virtual conference.  Presented by Strolling of the Heifers and Windham Grows, the Summit’s theme is “Take a Bite Out of Climate Change” with live keynote presentations by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber. “These past few months […]

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May
05

4 Ways VBSR Members are Leading with their Values in the time COVID-19

4 Ways VBSR Members are Leading with their Values in the time COVID-19 Over the last 2 months VBSR members have proven that their commitment to the triple-bottom-line business ethic (People, Planet, Prosperity) laid the foundation for them to swiftly take action in addressing the pandemic and give back to their communities as they navigate […]

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Press Release: VBSR Supports Essential Employees Hazard Grant Program

May 1, 2020 Media contact: Jordan Giaconia Public Policy Manager 860-304-2251 www.vbsr.org Today Senate lawmakers are poised to act on legislation that would provide hazard pay to at-risk, essential workers, including grocers, pharmacy workers, trash collectors, janitors, child care professionals, assisted living and nursing home caregivers, and others facing increased risk of infection as they […]

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Sterling College Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Launch EcoGather

This first-of-its-kind, online tool will connect local communities focused on ecological thinking and action.   CRAFTSBURY COMMON, VT,  April 28, 2020—Just as the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic and economic pandemonium, and the American educational system struggles to transition to meaningful online education, Sterling College is poised to confront all three challenges simultaneously with the […]

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Apr
15

VBSR Members Respond to Crisis pt. 2

VBSR members continue to innovate, inspire, collaborate and utilize a community forward ethic of goodwill to respond with resilience in rapidly changing times.  Below are examples of this transformative work. Burton Snowboards is supporting health care workers by donating half a million N95 masks to the state of Vermont, Maine & New Hampshire.   Their first shipment of 200,000 […]

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Apr
15

Op-ed: Corporate Social Responsibility in This Crisis

It is always easier to act consistent with your highest values when times are good, when there is at least a little financial cushion. When revenue just stops coming in – suddenly, without warning – and the world changes almost overnight, it’s another story. It is hard not to be driven by fear. It is […]

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VBSR Members Respond to Crisis

VBSR Members have been longtime stewards of a people-first, community oriented, values led approach to business.   While the COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented adversity for the Vermont business community, VBSR members have already quickly risen to the occasion. They are pivoting operations to directly address lack of medical equipment and public health supplies and by directing […]

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