Environment & Agriculture


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


2013 Legislative Report

VBSR entered the 2013 legislative session with priorities related to the continued roll-out of state and federal health care reform efforts, the labeling of genetically engineered food and to block efforts to pass a moratorium on new renewable energy development. The session was marked by further budget and revenue difficulties and strong disagreements between Gov. […]


VBSR 2009-10 Legislative Scorecard

How did the legislators vote on key VBSR legislative priorities? We graded them according to their level of support during the session. Read the VBSR_2009-2010_Scorecard to learn more.


VBSR 2013-14 Legislative Scorecard

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has released a scorecard members of the Vermont Legislature on recent votes at the State House that were important to its members. The scorecard gives members of the Vermont House and Senate scores from 100 percent to 0 percent, depending on how they voted on a number of important […]


VBSR 2015-16 Legislative Scorecard

A number of legislators worked hard on several key VBSR issues, Check out the 2015-16 scorecard to see which issues your senators and representatives supported. We grade members of the Vermont Legislature on recent votes at the State House that were important to our members. The scorecard gives members of the Vermont House and Senate […]


Environment, Agriculture & Land Use

A healthy environment is essential to a strong economy. VBSR supports: enforcement of existing environmental laws to protect our natural environment, wise land use decisions in order to ensure smart growth and to maintain open space, and development built on a human scale that encourages less-polluting forms of transportation.


2012 Legislative Report

Rebuilding Vermont Right The flooding from Tropical Storm Irene left Vermont with tremendous challenges. VBSR believes we need to see this disaster as an opportunity to make long-lasting investments in our public infrastructure and communities, including using Vermont’s bonding authority to generate the funds for reconstruction.  Vermont’s post-Irene reconstruction should include long-term disaster planning, including […]


Business Leaders Applaud Signing of Vermont Chemical Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Seventh Generation, applauded the signing of Vermont Bill S.239. The bill, which was signed today at the VT headquarters of Seventh Generation, allows state health officials to regulate and ban the use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products. […]


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