2010 Summer ENews 2
VBSRVermont Businesses for
Social Responsibility
 Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values
June 2011 
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VBSR Marketplace
VBSR Bookshelf
VBSR Events
VBSR Public Policy
VBSR Staff
VBSR Board
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VBSR Bookshelf
 Finding Higher Ground 
Amy Seidl

Finding Higher Ground

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Andrea Cohen Dear Members and Friends:
I just returned from the national BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Conference, and I am reminded about how lucky we are to live and work in a state where it is generally understood that what is good for our environment, and what is good for our people and communities, is also what makes for a healthy economy. VBSR is light years ahead of similar organizations in other cities and states having over 20 years of education, networking, and policy under our belts.
   I was honored to be on one of the conference panels that addressed public policy, and many of the audience members were still trying to appreciate why it might even be beneficial to venture into those muddy waters. I was also incredibly impressed with the momentum and ideas coming from these other groups and am reminded that Vermont and VBSR cannot rest on our laurels--there are ample opportunities to move forward in "zero waste", healthy workplaces, toxics use reduction, community diversity, public transportation, and energy efficiency.
   Take a few minutes to learn from our friends about innovative programs in Bellingham WA , learn about sustainable fashion, and environmental action and self reliance in minority communities. Social responsibility never ends. It is a continuous journey that we hope to continue traveling with you.
Best, Andrea Cohen
VBSR Executive Director
VBSR Educational and Networking Events
VBSR Montpelier Sole Circle

Thursday, June 23, 2011; 5:00 - 6:30 pm  

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT

The VBSR Sole Circle is a group of single person and micro-businesses that meet to discuss the trends and issues they face. Join us for the first Sole Circle in Montpelier! RSVP to Owen Milne at owenm@vbsr.org or 802-862-8347. More info on our event page... 


VBSR July Networking Get-Together hosted by Vermont Soapworks

Wednesday, July 13, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Vermont Soapworks, 616 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT

Sponsor deadline tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21! 


VBSR July Networking Get-Together hosted by Works Bakery Cafe

Wednesday, July 27, 2011;  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Works Bakery Cafe, 118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT


VBSR August Networking Get-Together
co-hosted by the Cellars at Jasper Hill and Caledonia Spirits & Winery

Thursday, August 18, 2011; 5:30 - 7:30 pm  

Event to be held at the Vermont Food Venture Center, Hardwick, VT 


Sponsorship for the each of the above events costs $175 and includes name mention in print invite, logo in all other PR, and a 60-second chance to introduce your business to the crowd. To sponsor our July or August Get-Togethers, please contact Rita Bothfeld at ritab@vbsr.org.

VBSR Public Policy Update
Health care signing ceremonyVBSR began advocating reforms to our health care system 20 years ago.
   We knew that to have a healthy state, a healthy population and a healthy business climate, Vermont needed a system that decoupled health insurance from employment and extended health care to all residents.
   Last month all that hard work came to fruition when Gov. Shumlin signed a health care reform bill into law. This new law puts Vermont on the path to a universal health care system. Read more...
VBSR Bids Fond Farewell to Tara Pfeiffer-Norrell
Tara Pfeiffer-NorrellOn June 24th I will be leaving VBSR to take a new position at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, as Director of Selection and Development. I want to thank everyone in the VBSR community for a great three years. It has been a fantastic opportunity to work on not only the Vermont Intern Program, but also the Local First Coupon Book. I am honored that I was able to work with so many smart and interesting people. Though I am leaving my position here, I look forward to continuing my participation in VBSR in the years to come. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/vtinterns

Thanks and best, Tara


VBSR Seats New Board Officers
At the recent 2011 Board Retreat, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) elected Board Officers. The newly elected VBSR Board Chair is Brian Dunkiel of the Burlington law firm Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand. Read more...


Reminder that VBSR Offers Health Insurance

VBSR is able to offer affordable group health insurance to VBSR members through Vermont Health Services Group (VHSG), a collaboration of business associations with nearly 3000 small business members.  We are halfway through the year, and the time to evaluate plans will be here before we know it.  There are 19 different options with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont in the VBSR Group Health Insurance Program, which allows you to enroll in a plan that best suits your business. 

For more information, you can contact any of our VBSR Member Brokers by following this link to VBSR Health Insurance.


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VBSR Member News

Cabot Creamery named 'Business Leader for Energy Efficiency'

Cabot CreameryNortheast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) announced that Cabot Creamery would be recognized as a 'Business Leader for Energy Efficiency' at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit on June 8, 2011. Sponsored by Efficiency Vermont, the dairy cooperative is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations. Efforts to date have resulted in annual energy savings of over 3 million kilowatt hours and cost savings of nearly $300,000. Read more... 


Seventh Generation ranked nation's number 1 'Green' brand

Seventh GenerationNew research finds that Seventh Generation, the nation's leading provider of non-toxic household products, is seen by consumers as the number one "green" brand in America. The 2011 ImagePower Green Brands Survey identifies emerging trends in consumer perceptions and purchasing behaviors related to products marketed with environmentally positive attributes. Researchers interviewed over 9,000 respondents in eight countries in the spring of 2011 and found that a majority of consumers believe Seventh Generation to be the country's leading corporate environmental performer. Read more... 


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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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