Environment & Agriculture

Feb
24

VBSR Testimony: Economic Growth through Climate Action

Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee Thursday, February 21, 2019 Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager 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 […]

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Jan
24

Coalition of 25 Diverse Groups Unveils Shared Priorities and Recommendations for Climate Action in 2019

Today a coalition of 25 organizations – representing youth, low-income, business, public health, environment and others – outlined a platform of policy priorities for Vermont legislators to advance in 2019 on climate change. View the platform here: http://vnrc.org/actonclimatevt/.   In a press event at the Vermont State House today, the coalition urged action on several of Gov. Scott’s Climate Action Commission’s recommendations and […]

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VBSR’s 2019 Legislative Agenda

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is proud to represent our members at the Vermont State House during the 2019 legislative session. Our goal is to pass laws and regulations that support triple-bottom line businesses in Vermont and foster an economy that supports our businesses, environment, and communities. Among the issues that VBSR will lobby on […]

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Nov
05

Investing in a Clean Water Economy

VBSR Policy Paper approved by the VBSR Board of Directors on November 30, 2018. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: CLEAN WATER ECONOMY Clean water is essential for life. Vermont’s abundant fresh water resources support the human, animal and plant populations that make this state unique.  No economy can thrive without clean water; it is vital […]

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Aug
01

Vermont Needs a Clean Water Commitment

By Mark Curran Vermont faces numerous environmental challenges but there are two that need our immediate attention.  Greenhouse emissions and resulting climate changes are something all Vermont businesses need to address. Unfortunately, Vermont cannot go it alone and it requires an International effort to slow global warming. Clean water should be our next priority and […]

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Apr
09

State House Report April, 9th

VBSR Asks VT Senate Leaders to Fund Climate Change Studies VBSR sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee last week requesting that legislators maintain funding for an important economic analysis of decarbonization policies in Vermont. Read the testimony to the Senate Committee. Climate change is a complex problem and the Vermont Legislature needs good […]

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Feb
16

Connecting our Sustainable Heritage to Economic Development and Jobs for Vermonters

By: Rachel Carter Most Vermonters would agree we live here among the Green Mountains so we can enjoy a quality of life as individuals, families, and businesses that affords us a decent standard of living, our independence, and the use of our natural resources now, and for generations to come. Our deep rooted Yankee ingenuity, […]

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Feb
19

VBSR’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

Based on feedback from our members and development from our Public Policy Committee, VBSR worked on the following key issues at the Vermont State House this year, as well as on a number of secondary issues.   Effective Use of State Contracting                                                                                                                                   The state of Vermont is a big purchaser of goods and services. We […]

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2014 Legislative Report

Bills and Policies Influenced by VBSR Advocacy The 2014 legislative session opened with some VBSR priority areas carrying over from the 2013 session, in particular legislation on the labeling of genetically modified food and expansion of Pre-K education. Other issues, such as net metering, a minimum wage increase, and toxic chemical reform, were new to […]

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Nov
19

2016 Legislative Report

The 2016 legislative session was a successful one for VBSR: Our four-year campaign to pass a bill expanding paid leave policies across the state concluded successfully, and we played the lead role in expanding employment opportunities for Vermonters with criminal convictions. VBSR also tackled several environmental and energy issues in this second-half of the biennium, […]

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