VBSR
February
2013
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
 
Vermont Businesses...Vermont Values. 
In This Issue:
Terry Ehrich Nominations Open
Spring Conference Call for Proposals
Interns are Awesome
Gov. Kunin and Hollander on "The Vermont Convo"
BEA Sponsors Webinar
VBSR is Moving
Legislative Reception
Upcoming VBSR Events
Member Jobs and Events
Member News
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VBSR Welcomes and Thanks our Newest  
Gold Member

 Welcome to our Newest Business and Individual Members!
 
Business:
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An online business-to-business marketplace using trade dollars valued the same as cash!

 

Member Offer

Round Sky Solutions   

 

 In this 3 hours per week, 6 week training, teams will be taught through experiential in- class exercises and on the job homework assignments, a set of meeting practices, information flows, tracking systems and decision-making processes.  

 

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Member Offer

    

Schoolhouse Learning Center (S.Burlington)

February Vacation Camp

Wondering what your child will do during the February vacation? At Schoolhouse, children find an abundance of outdoor activities and more. 230 Trade Credits.
 

Email Marketplace Broker,  Amy Kirschner, or call 399-4210 for more details.

  

To activate your marketplace account and start buying and selling with VBSR members,
click here.
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VBSR Bookshelf
 
Rebuilding the Foodshed
How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

By: Philip Ackerman-Leist
 
VBSR Bookshelf

brought to you by:
Chelsea Green Bookstore
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Thank you to our VBSR Champion Members for their ongoing support!

 

    Ben and Jerry's
as of 12/17/12
Gardener's Supply
Green Mountain Coffee
Green Mountain Power
Main Street Landing Logo New Chapter new
NRG Systems
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Villanti and Sons Printers

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At VBSR,
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.

 

"February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March." -Dr. J. R. Stockton

Well here at VBSR we sure wish February was longer so we had more time to pack and move! Please bear with us at the end of the month as we transition our main office to 255 S. Champlain Street in Burlington.  We have some requests this month:

Finally please take a few minutes to send me or Dan an email about any of the important topics emerging in the statehouse so we know your opinions and perspectives. VBSR has some very bold and definitive policy positions in our public policy portfolio, but there are numerous issues VBSR has not yet developed definitive policy on and the either/or choices we are often presented with can feel like false choices. We need to hear your ideas... be on the look out for some "quick poll" surveys in the near future.

Hope to see many of you soon at a Get-Together, at the Statehouse, or at the May 14 Spring Conference !

Best,
Andrea Cohen, VBSR Executive Director
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Terry Ehrich - Who do you know?
2013 Terry Ehrich Award Nominations Open!
Submissions Due March 15


Each year, VBSR honors an outstanding individual of a member company with the Terry Ehrich Award. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and founder of the First Day Foundation, the Terry Ehrich Award is given annually to a person who exemplifies Terry's commitment to the environment, workplace and community.

Know someone who deserves this recognition or want to learn more? Visit our Terry Ehrich webpage.

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VBSR
Call for Proposals: Present at VBSR's 23rd Annual Spring Conference! 
 
Proposals now being accepted.  Submissions due Monday, March 18.  Visit the Spring Conference web page for submission guidelines.  
 

VBSR's 23rd Annual Spring Conference is just around the corner and we want to hear from you!  Conference sessions are our best opportunity to share stories with our business peers, showcase our successes, share lessons-learned, challenge convention, share practical experience and tools, inspire our creativity, and make valuable connections that will help us develop and strengthen our commitment to developing a robust socially responsible business sector in VT. 


Save the Date: Tuesday, May 14
UVM's Davis Center, Burlington, VT 
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VT Intern Only
Interns are Awesome!

In 2012 over 140 businesses posted an internship with the VBSR Vermont Intern Program. Internships were posted in almost every county in Vermont, with students from all over the state filling the positions.

Get on board for 2013 by hiring a spring or summer intern! To learn more, visit our website or email Becky.
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Former Governor Madeleine Kunin and Seventh Generation Founder Join "The Vermont Conversation"
Wednesdays, 1-2 PM on WDEV

On Wednesday February 12, Vermont's Former Governor Kunin joined "The Vermont Conversation" to discuss life, work and some of the bills she's been pushing (death with dignity, equal pay, and universal pre-K).

Seventh Generation Founder Jefferey Hollander also called in to our radio show on February 6th, and talked about his next big thing. John Deans, director of Greenpeace Detox Fashion campaign, joined the conversation as well, discussing the toxins in our clothing.

If you missed either show, listen to the stream here!

...and don't forget to tune in next week, February 20, for: "Vermont 40 Years after Roe v Wade."
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Energy Saving Webinar Online
Last month, as part of our BEA initiative VBSR co-sponsored an Efficiency Vermont webinar for grocers and retailers on managing energy use in stores.

The webinar introduced the concept of energy management to monitor, control, and conserve energy in stores. If you missed the webinar, click here to watch it and view the presentation slides ...and don't forget to check out this amazing list of BEA participants!

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We're Moving!

First, we'd like to say a huge "Thank You" to Seventh Generation. For the past 6 and a half years, Seventh Gen (as they're affectionately known), has been kind enough to host us in their corporate headquarters on the waterfront in downtown Burlington. During this time, we have greatly expanded our membership, our services, programs and our staff. Concurrently, Seventh Gen has greatly expanded their services, research, product line and staff.

With many great things happening both within our organization and their company, VBSR and Seventh Generation will be mutually parting ways towards the end of this month. 
 
While we are leaving the waterfront, we are not leaving Burlington. We plan to be in our new space by March 1, and would love to have you visit anytime after (provided you don't mind stepping around packing material, boxes, and some scattered personal belongings.)

As of March 1st, please direct all VBSR mail and visitors to:
255 South Champlain Street
Suite 11
Burlington, VT 05401
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2013 Legislative Reception Draws a Crowd    

On February 7, over 100 people joined VBSR to celebrate the beginning of the 2013 Legislative Session. The event, hosted at the Goddard College Art Gallery at 54 Main in downtown Montpelier, drew a robust crowd of new lawmakers, familiar State House faces and VBSR members and guests.

 

If you missed the event, check out the photos here

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Upcoming VBSR Events
Events Calendar
VBSR Networking Get-Togethers

 February 19
Hosted By:
Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
 
Join fellow VBSR members and colleagues at the redeveloped Saputo Cheese Plant in Hinesburg. 

Now the new home to Vermont Smoke and Cure, the Hinesburgh Public House restaurant, and other locally owned businesses, the successful redevelopment of the Saputo plant demonstrates one Vermont town's commitment to keeping a key manufacturing asset rooted in local agriculture and business! Get more info or register now.  


March 27
New Chapter newHosted by:
New Chapter

Wednesday March 27th, 2013

Join VBSR and New Chapter in beautiful Brattleboro! Network with like-minded business professionals, learn how New Chapter is remaining committed to social responsibility and enjoy food and drink provided by our generous host! Get more info.
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Member Jobs

Recently Posted Member Jobs:

All Earth Renewables: Marketing Coordinator; Programmer; Sales Pro
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center: Executive Director
Vermont Natural Resources Council: Membership and Outreach Coordinator
Yestermorrow Design/Build School: Community Outreach Intern; Design/build Intern

Log-on to VBSR's website to post a job or event. Forgot your password?  Send us an email!
   
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Member Events 

Upcoming Member Events:
 

3/15: Introduction to Solar PV - VT Technical College 

3/16: Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance Training - VT Technical College   

   

Log-on to VBSR's website to post a job or event. Forgot your password? Send us an email!   
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Member News  
We want your news!! Submit or post a story on our 
Facebook page or send Russ an email...
News items will be posted in the "Member News" section of our website and will be considered for inclusion in VBSR's monthly E-News.


Dealer.com was recently recognized as the Burlington Business and Professional Women 2012 Employer of the Year. The employer of the year award honors a local business that provides outstanding opportunities for upward mobility, training, development and benefits for its female employees. Dealer.com was founded in 1998, and has a company culture that emphasizes responsibility for the well-being of employees. Congrats! 

 

 

Black River Produce has goneBlack River Produce solar! Last fall, Prudent Living installed nearly fifteen hundred 240-watt solar panels to cover Black River's 62,300 square feet of roof. The $1.3 million photovoltaic project is the largest private solar power system in Vermont and will generate enough power to save as much as 50 percent of the company's utility bill. Read the full article and check out the great photos here! 

 

 

Sovernet Fiber Corp.'s Vermont FiberConnect (VFC) project recently doubled the previous capacity of Green Mountain College's bandwidth, allowing the small but prestigious school the opportunity to compete at the same level with much larger colleges and universities in New England's metro areas. Check out the full story.

Intervale Center
The Intervale Center is one step closer to completing its new/old historic New Barn. Last month, the frame of 70% original timber was reconstructed onsite. The barn will provide much-needed agricultural infrastructure to expand farm production and viability in Vermont. Check out images of the deconstruction and a video of the reconstruction!

 
Holistic Special Education, a new concentration in Antioch University New England's (AUNE) Master's in Education teacher certification program, was approved by the New Hampshire Board of Education January 16. The new program prepares students for a dual state certification by studying both elementary and special education. With this degree, a graduate will be ready for a job as a special education educator, as a general classroom teacher, or both.  
Learn more about the new program.


Same Sun of Vermont, which operates a solar design and installation studio on Center Street and recently completed the Creek Path Solar Farm on Cleveland Avenue, recently announced plans to open a unique new retail store at 53 Merchants Row, also in downtown Rutland. The venture, known as Same Sun Choice, will open in April and feature solar-produced goods from Vermont and across the country. Get the details.

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