Clean Energy & Efficiency


Vermont’s Initial Climate Action Plan Provides Important Foundation for Progress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2021 Contact: Ben Edgerly Walsh, VPIRG, 802-734-7680, Lauren Hierl, VCV, 860-670-2620, Jordan Giaconia, VBSR, 860-304-2251, Peter Sterling, REV, 802-595-5373, Johanna Miller, VNRC, 802-371-9611, Montpelier, VT — Earlier today, Vermont’s Climate Council adopted the state’s first-ever statutorily required Climate Action Plan. Established by the Global Warming […]


Vermont’s Work to Forge a More Clean, Affordable, and Equitable Transportation Future Must Continue

Vermont climate advocates respond to Massachusetts and Connecticut withdrawal from the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program  November 22, 2021 (Montpelier, VT)–Last week, both Governors Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced their withdrawal from the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) — a regional cap-and-invest program designed to reduce pollution from gasoline […]


2021 Legislative Session Recap

On May 21st, Vermont’s first (and hopefully last) fully remote legislative session adjourned, following passage of a $7.35 billion budget for fiscal year 2022. The FY2022 budget, signed by Governor Scott on June 8th, includes nearly $600 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). As detailed below, the budget includes significant […]


Rebuilding a Resilient Vermont

We can create a more resilient, equitable, inclusive and vibrant Vermont The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound impacts on Vermonters across the state. Every day people face new obstacles and for many the future feels daunting and uncertain. But we believe the future for Vermont is greater than what lies behind—if we move forward in […]


Press Release: Over 100 Vermont businesses and community organizations urge Governor Scott to support an ambitious, equitable Transportation & Climate Initiative

A diverse group of more than 100 businesses and community organizations from across Vermont called on Vermont’s Governor to support the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI)— a regional policy initiative led by eleven northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that would put a cap on emissions from our transportation-sector, require fossil fuel companies […]


With Business Support, Global Warming Solutions Act Becomes Law!

Last week, in the eleventh hour of what has been the longest legislative session in Vermont’s history, House and Senate lawmakers overrode Governor Scott’s Veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act—officially making the bill law. The Solutions Act sets binding deadlines for Vermont to cut climate pollution and requires the state to create a diverse […]


How Vermont can fuel our economic recovery with local renewable energy

Opinion Editorial by Chad Farrell, CEO and Founder of Encore Renewable Energy The holiday festivities of 2019 seem like a lifetime ago. As the decade came to a close, we at Encore Renewable Energy discussed the past ten years in the solar industry and what the next ten years may look like. One of us brought up an […]


The Road to Transformative Action: Transportation Climate Initiative before Rainy Day Funds

Opinion Editorial by Jenn Wood  “There’s nothing like 40+ degrees and raining to say Happy Holidays in New England!” Sadly, it has been a recurring family greeting of late. As someone who loves the outdoors in all seasons with a special affinity (some say obsession) to snow and skiing, this weather makes me cringe, and […]


VBSR: An Urgent Call to Action on Climate Change

Introduction: Climate change represents a major threat to Vermont’s economy and environment. The purpose of this document is to encourage and enable VBSR members to spread the word that we can address climate change at a state level.  Our objective is to create a groundswell of support for action – we need such strong public […]


Testimony: Workforce Development, House Commerce Committee

Workforce Development  House Commerce Committee March 14, 2019 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental.  We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of […]


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