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March 2011 
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New Members
VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
Local Matters
VBSR Member News
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Interrobang Design Collaborative
Clean Green Sanitation

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VBSR Bookshelf
 The Complete Kitchen Garden
Ellen Ecker Ogden
The Complete Kitchen Garden

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Andrea Cohen

Beyond our Borders

Members and Friends,
Recent activities and events have been directing our attention more than usual beyond our borders.
There are many ways to support the earthquake relief efforts in Japan--many groups are responding with medical care, assistance to children and families, and other on the ground support. A web search will bring you many reputable organizations looking for contributions. There is so much recovery ahead and it will take many hands. Consider what you can do.
   Recently we have been kicking up our involvement with some nationwide organizations that you may want to learn more about. We are members of American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). ASBC is a national network of businesses that advocate for socially responsible national policy in Washington D.C. BALLE is a network of over 80 community groups working to support local economic development through Living Economy Principles. Visit both of these websites to learn more and to find out how you can get involved.
   National policy relating to support for low-income services is being felt locally. Head Start, food shelves, and our community action programs are vulnerable if Community Services Block Grants are eliminated. If you have never written to President Obama or Congressman Welch, now might be a good time to let them know you support these important programs. Strong communities foster healthy economic development. A reliable social safety net has never been more important.
   Member service reminders! Have you used the VBSR jobs posting webpage to advertise job openings? Have you used the VBSR events page to promote your events? Let us know if you need any assistance taking advantage of these member services.
   Hope to see you at the Terry Ehrich Award Dinner Cruise on the evening of May 11, and at the Spring Conference on May 12!
Best, Andrea
VBSR Educational and Networking Events

VBSR March Networking Get-Together co-hosted by AllEarth Renewables, Vermont Works for Women, and J.A. Morrissey Inc.

Thursday, March 17, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
AllEarth Renewables, 94 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT
Learn more about how AllEarth Renewables and J.A. Morrissey are working with Vermont Works for Women to train and employ women in the fields of construction, efficiency and renewable energy. Walk-ins welcome tonight!

VBSR April Networking Get-Together hosted by Roots Restaurant, Rutland

Wednesday, April 27, 2011; 8:00 - 10:00 am

Roots Restaurant, 51 Wales Street, Rutland, VT

Join us to learn more about how Rutland's newest restaurant is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown food, including organic crops and humanely raised livestock. 

To sponsor this event, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org no later than Friday, April 1. 

VBSR Terry Ehrich Awards Dinner

Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011; 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Northern Lights Cruise Boat on Lake Champlain

Celebrate this year's winner of the Terry Ehrich Award for Social Responsibility in Business, given annually to an individual who for a sustained period demonstrates exceptional socially responsible business principles in the workplace, political, social and natural environments. Online registration will be available Friday March 25. 

VBSR 2011 Spring Conference

"Building on Our Strengths: What makes a great place to do business?"

Thursday, May 12, 2011; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
University of Vermont Davis Center, Burlington, VT
Online registration will be available Friday, March 25. If you have questions, please contact Rita Bothfeld, ritab@vbsr.org or 802-862-8347. If you would like to donate to our silent auction, please contact auction intern Samantha Digiandomenico at intern@vbsr.org.
VBSR Public Policy Update
This year's Legislative session has been exciting. Vermont citizens, doctors and business leaders have rallied in support of health care reform, urging lawmakers to fix our deteriorating employer-based system.
   But it's also been frustrating because there is a lot of misinformation being spread throughout the state about what H.202, the bill that will put Vermont on the path to single-payer health care, actually does and doesn't do.
   I've heard people suggest that the bill doesn't cut health care costs, when one of the main focuses of the bill is to bend the health care cost curve. Others accuse lawmakers of rushing forward with a flawed design, but a famed Harvard economist designed the blueprint for the new system.
   At times the debate has reminded me of the discredited "death panel" nonsense launched two years ago against the new federal health care law.
   Here's what H.202 does: It creates a state-level board that will work to reform how health care is paid for and find ways to cut and control costs. The bill also readies Vermont for the launch of a Health Insurance Exchange in 2014, a mandate under the federal health care law, and begins planning to eventually transform that exchange into a single-payer system.
   Reforming Vermont's health care system will take several years. There are lots of topics to debate between now and the launch of the new system- What's the benefits package? How will we fund it? - But the fact remains that we're spending more than $5 billion every year on health care in Vermont and we're not covering everyone. Businesses are crippled under double-digit insurance cost increases. We're already spending too much money and we're doing it in a crazy and inefficient way.
   Don Mayer, the owner of Small Dog Electronics and the chair of VBSR's Public Policy Committee, summed it up perfectly when he testified recently before the a group of House lawmakers. "I believe H.202 is basically an economic development bill," he said, "disguised as health care reform."

- Daniel Barlow, Public Policy Manager
VBSR Membership Update

Time to Take the 2011 Membership Survey!

VBSR's annual Membership Survey is open to members until March 28th.  This is your opportunity to tell VBSR about your business, comment on how we're doing and offer recommendations.  VBSR is dedicated to providing relevant services and benefits that offer tangible value.  Your feedback is truly appreciated. You can access the survey by CLICKING HERE.

Market Your Business Through VBSR

VBSR's 2011 Marketing Packet is now available for on-line viewing. See new pricing and rates for sponsorships and advertising. Owen Milne, VBSR's Development Manager, is available to help you explore the best options for your business. The Marketing Packet is a great way to see what we are planning in 2011 and how to best outreach to members.


Local First VermontLocal Matters

There's a lot going on with the Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book!

Local First Vermont Resource Guide and Coupon BookThe book features coupons, stories, and a business directory of locally-owned, independent businesses. It's a perfect gift for friends, family, employees, or you. To find out more about the coupons and offers in this year's book or to get more information about getting involved in next year's book, click here.
VBSR Member News

Heritage Aviation achieves LEED Gold Certification from US Green Building Council

Heritage AviationTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design is pleased to announce that the Heritage Aviation facility at the Burlington International Airport has achieved LEEDŽ Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Aviation is an energy-intensive industry, accounting for 3% of global carbon emissions. The Heritage Aviation facility has taken extraordinary measures to counteract this impact and promote a sustainable model for the industry. Read more... 

Burlington Electric Moves Closer to Renewable Goal

The city-owned Burlington Electric Department says it is a step closer to achieving its goal of being 100% renewable by 2016.

Burlington Electric DepartmentThe Burlington Electric Commission recently voted to pursue buying the development rights of the four-turbine Georgia Mountain Community Wind project in Chittenden County. Burlington Electric already had reached a deal to buy all of the project's electric output. Read more...  



Grants Available for Food System Capacity Building through Farm to Plate Investment Program

$40,000 in funding available on a competitive basis
Deadline:  April 15, 2011
Vermont Sustainable Jobs FunGrant funds will be competitively awarded for projects that will enhance the production, storage, processing, and distribution infrastructure of the Vermont food system, as outlined in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Funding for this grant program is being made available by Vermont State General Fund dollars from Act 78 (2010) through the Farm to Plate Investment Program at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Download application and instructions...  


Pete's Greens and The Center for an Agricultural Economy Partner to Create the Vermont Farm Fund

Partnership will create fund to support Vermont farmers

Pete's GreensA new fund, organized by Pete's Greens and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE), aimed to help Vermont agricultural organizations, is on the fast track to becoming a reality. Pete Johnson, owner of Pete's Greens, and Monty Fischer, Executive Director of CAE met recently to outline the details to create the Vermont Farm Fund. 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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