Policy

Jun
25

Vermont Senate Votes to Approve Critical Climate Bill

A coalition of business and environmental organizations released the following statement today after the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act. The groups commend President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman Senator Bray, members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and the Climate Solutions Caucus for […]

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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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It’s time to walk the walk – let’s launch paid family leave

By Jen Kimmich, Co-founder & CEO, The Alchemist and Sascha Mayer, Co-founder & CEO, Mamava We’re at a pivotal point in Vermont on paid family leave. We have a bill that has passed both chambers of the Legislature and today it is sitting on Governor Scott’s desk. As we wait to see what the Governor will […]

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Dec
17

Climate & Transportation Advocates React to State’s MOU for Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI)

Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) Proposed Framework Would Result in Meaningful, Though Partial, Progress in Tackling Transportation-Related Climate Pollution Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont joined other New England and mid-Atlantic states, along with Washington, DC, in issuing a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Modeled on the successful Regional Greenhouse […]

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Dec
11

Deen given VBSR’s ‘Legislator of the Year’ Award, VBSR Announces 2020 Public Policy priorities

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) recognized retired Representative David Deen, Windham-4 district, for his 30 years of service at the organizations annual Legislative Breakfast on December 5th at Main Street Landing in Burlington, Vermont. Rep. Deen was presented with VBSR’s Legislator of the Year Award. “His legislative work clearly aligned with VBSR’s advocacy for […]

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Oct
15

Weinberger proposes revenue-neutral Vermont carbon pollution fee and rebate, cut emissions, create jobs, and boost Vermont’s economy

Friday, Mayor Miro Weinberger, joined by a coalition of environmental and business leaders, proposed a statewide carbon pollution fee that would cut emissions by 37 percent by 2040 when combined with existing clean energy policies, create new jobs, and boost state economic growth. The Mayor’s proposal is based on a newly-completed component of the City’s […]

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Sep
11

Support the Global Climate Strike

Businesses throughout Vermont and across the world are looking for ways to support their employees and communities in advance of the September 20, 2019 Global Climate Strike. As a business owner you can sign this joint business statement on the global strike with SunCommon, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Burton, MegaFood and others. The intent […]

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Jan
22

New study provides road map for strengthening the Vermont economy, addressing income inequality and protecting the environment

 The highly-respected and nonpartisan Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office released a strategic road map for actions Vermont policy makers can take to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, lower the cost of living, reduce income inequality, improve public health and limit the pollution causing global warming. The Decarbonization Study was a primary recommendation of Gov. Phil […]

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Jan
22

SECOND ANNUAL CANNABIS IN THE CAPITOL FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Day includes activist training, address from Lt. Governor, networking with legislators, storytelling booth, and a hemp/CBD education fair in the cafeteria. In the thick of the 2019 legislative session, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, legislative leaders, and a coalition of cannabis reform advocacy groups, medical marijuana patients and caregivers, farmers and local business representatives are gathering in […]

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Oct
23

VBSR Announces Access to BRS Association Health Insurance

In Partnership with Business Resource Services, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Brings Alternate Health Insurance Options to Local Employers Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a new partnership with Business Resource Services (BRS) that allows VBSR members access to BRS’s new association health insurance plans. VBSR members located in Vermont with fewer than 100 […]

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