VBSRVermont Businesses for
Social Responsibility
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
December 2010 
In This Issue
New Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
In Other News
VBSR Member News
ENews Sponsors
Montgomery & Merrill
Interrobang Design Collaborative

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Welcome New VBSR Members!

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VBSR Marketplace
an online business-to-business marketplace using trade dollars valued the same as cash

Member Offer
From Vermont Woodworking School
Custom Built Conference Table, Part Cash/Part Trade
We are a woodworking and furniture-making school in a modern shop in a large, historic barn in Fairfax, Vermont. Please contact us if you have an interest in a commissioned piece by an accomplished student.
Vermont Woodworking School
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From Innovative Bodywork
HRV Installation
Part Cash/Part Trade
For home near Morrisville. Looking for someone who can sell the unit and provide installation along with any other needed materials.Innovative Bodywork

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VBSR Bookshelf
Post Carbon Reader: Managing The 21st Century's Sustainability Crises
Richard Heinberg
Post Carbon Reader

Andrea CohenTis the season (of change)
By the time you receive your next VBSR e-news, Vermont will have sworn in its new Governor, and the 2011 legislative session will be well underway.  It is a tremendously exciting time for VBSR and Vermont. Governor-elect Shumlin's policy agenda is well aligned with VBSR, (no surprise since as a Senator he got a 100% ranking on VBSR's legislative scorecard), and his economic development platform closely mirrors that of VBSR. VBSR recently wrote to Governor-elect Shumlin and his economic development team outlining some of our goals and policy priorities. (You can view the letter here....).
    Although Vermont is faced with closing a budget gap of over 100 million dollars, we know Vermont is a great place to do business and will prosper when we capitalize on our unique attributes and strengths. We take some comfort in knowing things are "less bad" here than in many other states. Our commitment to a clean environment, sustainable energy usage, livable communities and social justice will allow us to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest employees and entrepreneurs. See Dan's piece below on our policy priorities and please continue to support VBSR as we uniquely represent your voice in the statehouse.
    As resolutions are pondered for the year ahead, we are asking our member businesses to re-commit to social responsibility.  Maybe think about one action you will implement over the next year to improve a workplace practice, lessen your environmental footprint, or to give back more to your community.  Drop me an email with your "SR Resolution" and whether you are willing to share the idea with others.
    We are wishing the very best to all of you, from all of us, this holiday season.
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

Save the Date and Submit a Workshop Proposal for
VBSR's 2011 Spring Conference

"Building on Our Strengths: What makes a great place to do business?"
Thursday, May 12, 2011; 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University of Vermont Davis Center, Burlington, VT
Planning for our 2011 Spring Conference is in full swing. You are the experts, and we want to hear from you! Please consider submitting a proposal for a workshop session for this day-long event full of inspiration, great stories, lots of practical information, and connections with amazing business people from all over the state. Please visit our web site for more information and proposal guidelines. Please contact Rita Bothfeld, ritab@vbsr.org or 802-862-8347, if you have questions. Deadline for proposals is Friday, January 14, 2011.
VBSR Public Policy Update

We are just weeks away from the Vermont Legislature's 2011 session, and the theme in the halls of the Statehouse is change.
    Not only will Vermont have a new governor, but it will also have a new lieutenant governor, secretary of state, senate president, state treasurer and dozens of new lawmakers. VBSR will also have a new face in the Statehouse - me.  I'll be in Montpelier everyday the Legislature is in session representing the policies that VBSR members support.
    Health care reform will be a major focus of VBSR's policy work next year. Governor-elect Peter Shumlin has vowed to bring universal coverage to Vermont and the Legislature's health care consultant, Harvard economist Dr. William Hsiao, recently said he envisions a system that decouples health insurance from employment.
    Vermont has a real opportunity to make dramatic changes in our health care system to ensure universal coverage and create a healthier and happier state. It won't be easy, but we are ready for the challenge.
    Chittenden County VBSR members recently heard from House Speaker Shap Smith and met with Shumlin at our Dec. 9 policy forum. Nearly 100 members and lawmakers attended.
    VBSR members should feel free to contact me at danielb@vbsr.org if they can help further our policy goals at the Statehouse. If you are willing to write letters to lawmakers and local newspapers or even come and testify on bills and proposals at the Statehouse - let me know. I'd love to hear from you.
Local First VermontLocal Matters
Shop Local this holiday season and pick up your copy of the Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon Book.

Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon Book"They're a great idea for client holiday gifts. Affordable, easy to ship and well within IRS gift limits, yet you're potentially giving each recipient and their family a major gift - up to $2,300 in cash savings. Plus, of course, you support VBSR and local business."  -Todd Walker, Progressive Asset Management
    The book features coupons, stories, and a business directory of locally-owned, independent businesses. It's a perfect gift for friends, family, employees, or clients.  For more information and a complete list of distribution sites to date, follow the link to the Local First Vermont web page.
VBSR Member News

Vermont Architect Bill Maclay Recognized as an Exemplar Innovator in New Book: The Innovator's Way
Maclay ArchitectsDespite today's fast paced and digitally driven world, examples of effective and sustained innovation are few and far between.  Authors Peter J. Denning and Robert Dunham explore and re-define the elusive and yet highly sought after concept of innovation in their recently published book called The Innovator's Way.  The authors profile seven disparate individuals who embody true innovation, including local sustainable architect, Bill Maclay of Waitsfield. Read more...

VBSR Members Support Next Generation of Vermont Food Businesses
Construction at the 15,000 square foot Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC) in Hardwick, Vermont is moving ahead at a lively pace with interior walls being framed and plumbing and electrical networks installed. Our opening target for the spring of 2011 is becoming a reality with many new and existing food processing companies developing plans for utilization of the facility.
     Ben and Jerry's, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Vermont Soy, Butternut Mountain Farm and Rhino Foods have all announced charitable support for the procurement of equipment for the new VFVC. In an innovative move to provide high quality equipment for a wide range of Vermont food processors, the VFVC is now reaching out to all Vermont food companies, restaurants and grocers for the donation of processing equipment. "The early response has exceeded our expectations," said Tom Stearns, a member of the VFVC steering committee. "Several businesses have been very generous in their offerings and now we hope a wide range of Vermont food companies can follow their lead." Read more...

Steve Conant Salvages Garage Junk for Energy-Efficient Lighting
Practically Green blog entry, November 29, 2010
Conant Metal and LightOur friend Meg Smith turned us on (forgive the pun) to an innovative local business that blends the best of vintage with green design. This holiday season, we're grateful for all your leads on eco-creative gift ideas.
From Meg's dispatch:
     It's so like a Vermonter to come up with this: take a quintessential symbol of the farmhouse kitchen, turn it on its head, and let it shine.  Conant Metal & Light of Burlington, Vermont, salvages thick-glassed, antique canning jars, the ones Granny used for putting food by and turns them into energy-efficient lights. Read more...

Applications are Now Accepted for the 2011 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Applications are being accepted in the following award categories: Pollution Prevention, Resource Conservation, Earth Stewardship and Resource Protection, Land Use and Land Use Planning, Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Education and Outreach, and Youth Environmental Citizenship Award. Applications are due January 5, 2011. You may nominate your organization or another organization or individual. Please visit the Vermont DEC web site for more information.
VBSR among 14 major business groups to support Clean Air Act 
story online at Vermont Business Magazine
On December 15, the EPA and the Clean Air Act got a huge boost from large and small US companies, when over 60,000 firms represented by 14 business organizations told Congress to keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Air Act strong.
     At the same time, the groups expressed concern that the EPA's half-year delay of pending ozone (smog) rules will be costly to US companies. The delay could result in higher health costs due to increased employee sick-day absenteeism and related medical costs borne entirely or partially by small and large US companies.
     The groups' joint letter (http://www.abce.us/) reads in part as follows: "... (S)mall business owners support some of the key strategies needed to reduce pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. A recent national poll of small business owners conducted by Small Business Majority ... found that 61 percent of respondents agree that moving the country to clean energy is a way to restart the economy and make their businesses more competitive in the global economy, and that 50 percent support comprehensive clean energy and climate policy ... Larger businesses also support EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act and understand that it has spurred innovation and economic value for the U.S." Read more...

VBSR Mission
Our mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.

We are committed to a multiple bottom line approach to business that values people, planet and profit.
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