Policy

Feb
16

Baby Bonds Proposal is Government Working at its Best

This commentary is by Kristin Warner, Public Policy Manager for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). VBSR is a statewide, nonprofit business association with a mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. Sources for claims made in this essay can be found here. Vermont sets the national standard for […]

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Jan
31

Vermont Farm to Plate Releases Food Security in Vermont: Roadmap to 2035

For two years, over 600 Vermonters contributed their personal expertise on food security to develop a Food Security in Vermont: Roadmap to 2035. The Farm to Plate Network’s Food Security Priority Strategy Team led the Roadmap development presented the completed Roadmap on January 24, 2024 to the Vermont Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Vermont […]

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Dec
02

Tim Briglin Named 2022 VBSR Legislator of the Year

To Be Honored at the VBSR Legislative Breakfast, Friday, December 9 Burlington, Vt. (December 2, 2022) – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has recognized Democratic Vermont State Representative Tim Briglin from Thetford (Windsor-Orange 2) with their 2022 VBSR Legislator of the Year Award. Rep. Briglin will be honored as Legislator of the Year during the 2022 VBSR […]

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Nov
30

Vermont Adopts Rules for Cleaner Cars and Trucks

State Joins Coast-to-Coast Movement to Adopt Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations Vermont moved forward with two key regulations to address pollution from transportation in the state: the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) II program and the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) regulation. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules held a hearing on Thursday for the final review of the […]

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Apr
11

Want to Support an Equitable, Prosperous Vermont? First You Need Workforce Housing.

By Kelly Klein, founder and CEO of Groennfell Meadery and Havoc Mead As seen in the Brattleboro Reformer and VTDigger Some days I feel more like a blend of real estate agent and therapist than CEO and Founder of Vermont Craft Mead. One of our employees, having sold his out-of-state home more quickly than anticipated, is […]

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Mar
02

After 7 successful years, Change The Story will sunset March 31

This commentary is by Jessica Nordhaus, the director of Change The Story VT. VBSR is proud to have partnered with her team along the way these past seven years and looks forward to continuing to work alongside the entities who will maintain momentum on the crucial issue of gender equity in our state. The initiative […]

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Feb
08

The Workforce Crisis is Complex – Bolstering Basic Needs Offers a Simple Solution

By Roxanne Vought, VBSR Executive Director As seen in the Caledonian Record, Manchester Journal, Mountain Times, Rutland Herald, Vermont Business Magazine and VTDigger Talk to any business owner today and you’ll likely hear the same refrain: they’re struggling to find workers. They’ve tried everything: raising wages, sign-on bonuses, creative recruitment strategies, and they still can’t […]

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An Election Day Message from VBSR

As our country carries out the 2020 election in the midst of a pandemic and Vermonters brace for what will surely be an eventful week, VBSR calls for unity, civility, and patience as state and local officials take the time to count all votes during this unique election season. Over these last few months, Vermonters […]

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Vermont House Overrides Governor’s Climate Veto

September 17, 2020 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Vermont’s House of Representatives successfully voted to override Governor Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act today. The bill will require Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities. A coalition of groups in support […]

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Groups Call on Legislature to Override Governor’s Veto of Landmark Climate Bill

  September 15, 2020 (MONTPELIER, VT) – Governor Scott has vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by both the Vermont House and Senate. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities. Reducing […]

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