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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


CATMA Telework Tools to Assists Now & In the Future

At this time, employers are faced with redefining, adapting and rebuilding their work places and work force. Many employees, including essential workers, have continued to commute to work. There is also a large employee population who have been working from home for months and will likely continue to do so indefinitely. As employers move forward with an increase in employees working remotely, CATMA has been evaluating how we can best support businesses […]


Vermont Groups Advance Plan to Transform Policing 

Calling on candidates and policymakers to reimagine role of police, including end to qualified immunity and police in schools FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 5, 2020 CONTACT: S. Beth Nolan, 802-223-6304 x111, sbnolan@acluvt.org MONTPELIER, Vt.—In the midst of a nationwide movement to address police abuse of power and end systemic racism, a diverse group of Vermont-based organizations […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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