Vermont Businesses for 
Social Responsibility
Just Good Business.
Members and Friends:

As September comes to close, we're reminded of what an amazing first three quarters we've experienced in VBSR's 25th anniversary year. We've held Networking Get-Togethers at Magic Hat, The Brooks House (with CCV and VTC), Danforth Pewter, VSECU in Bennington, and a board-sponsored Get-Together celebration at American Flatbread. We saw success in our advocacy efforts for Clean Water and Renewable Energy, are excited about the progress being made on Earned Paid Leave, and are proud to have continued our work with Let's Grow Kids. We hosted our first Legislative Day, as well as our first Young Professionals Meet-up, and launched the 6th Edition of Local First Vermont's Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book. We partnered with both Green Mountain College and Marlboro Graduate School to host CSR-focused events, and, finally, were able to celebrate and learn about socially responsible business with 325 leaders at our Spring Conference and a sold out crowd at this year's Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner.

With three months to go, VBSR shows no signs of slowing. We've already got 100 folks registered for our October Networking Get-Together at Shelburn Farms and are working hard to bring an amazing event to the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro on November 17 (save the date, details to come!). The Intern Program continues to tie young people into the local Vermont economy and job market, and our Public Policy Manager is currently in Washington D.C., recharging his public policy-batteries with members of the American Sustainable Business Council.

Want to be a part of making sure our 26th year is just as stellar? Consider nominating yourself, or a fellow VBSR member, to serve on our Board of Directors. Hurry though, the deadline is (today!) Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00 PM.

Another way to help ensure a successful 2016 is to spread the word about VBSR membership. Forward your colleagues this e-news and show them how VBSR is working to advance a business ethic that values not only profit, but our employees, communities and environment as well. Not yet a member? Join today.

Thanks for all you all do for VBSR, Vermont, and the triple-bottom-line approach to business.

People. Planet. Profit.

Russ Elek
Communication and Membership Manager
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100+ Pre-registered for Shelburne Farms Networking Get-Together
Join us October 15th!  
Every season is beautiful at Shelburne Farms, but fall foliage brings out the best! Join us as we "Get-Together" with VBSR members and friends in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on October 15th. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Shelburne Farms while networking and collaborating with each other around the triple-bottom-line approach to business; cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by our generous hosts!

In addition to great food and networking, guests will hear how Shelburne Farms is leading the way in sustainability education and working closely with many other VBSR members and local food purveyors to support the local value-added and agricultural community. Plus, guests will get a chance to take a peak at Burlington City Arts' latest exhibition, "Of Land and Local 2015" which will be on display in the Coach Barn.

This Networking Get-Together is free for members and state officials; $10 for nonmembers. The event is open to anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business... bring a friend!

All pre-registered attendees will be entered into a raffle for one of three NEW Buy Local Coupon Books, as well as a specially designed coupon clutch from Flash Bags.

Special thanks to our event sponsors! 
Burak Anderson & Melloni, Davis & Hodgdon, High Rock Consulting,
Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC),
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), WrightJones

Sold Out Award Ceremony Inspires, Connects
200+ Gather to Celebrate Socially Responsible Business 
Gathered in the backyard of Ben Cohen's home on the evening of Wednesday, September 16, 200 VBSR members and guests celebrated the group's 25th anniversary and the remarkable achievements of Duane Peterson, co-founder of SunCommon, Vermont's largest residential solar company. Peterson was honored with the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Terry Ehrich's commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

"The VBSR membership was very pleased to present this award to Duane," said Avram Patt, Interim Director of VBSR. "His support of the triple-bottom-line approach to business is evident in the work he does professionally and personally. It's clear that he values the importance taking care of People, Profit, and Planet, and sees this type of business model as essential for a strong and sustainable economy."

"Duane is a big thinker, with a big heart. He has shown us, through his creativity and service, how to change the world," said Sue Minter,
former Secretary of Transportation, who spoke at Wednesday's ceremony.

The award ceremony presented an opportunity for many of VBSR's 700+ business members to reconnect, honor and reflect on the non-profit's mission to advance business ethics that value a multiple-bottom-line approach to business, where people in the workplace and community are valued equally as much as environmental impact and profits made.

"I knew Terry," said Peterson, "and really value his kindness and thoughtfulness. He showed us that business can be a natural extension of who we are...that the same values which guide our lives can guide the way we walk in business. For Terry, and these wonderful leaders since, doing right in business is not a hardship nor burden, it's an honor to be able to wield the resources of a business towards justice...for employees, vendors, communities, customers and the very habitats that sustain our lives."

Click here to check out the amazing photos of the evening. 
Christine Hallquist on The Vermont Convo
Host David Goodman Helps Christine Share Her Story 
During Vermont's LGBTQ Pride Week in September, Dave Hallquist, CEO of Vermont Electric Co-op, the state's second largest electric utility, came out as Christine, a transgender woman. Christine Hallquist is the first CEO in America to transition while in her job. In coming out, Christine has opened a window on a transgender journey shared by an estimated 1,400 Vermonters, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. She is using her public position to talk about the challenges faced by transgender people and encourage others to express their true self. She talks about her lifelong struggle to keep her secret, her decision to come out, the reaction from her family and colleagues, and the future. Thank you for joining us on the show Christine!

Click here to hear her story and other recent shows, including:

September 18: Duane Peterson: From LA cop to VT solar guru, with a scoop of Chunky Monkey
September 9:
Tim DeChristopher, "America's most creative climate criminal"
September 2:
Who is the Essential Bernie Sanders and can he win?

Thank you to our sponsors!

Buy Local Book Launch a Success
2015/16 Edition Now Available 
On Saturday, September 26th, VBSR staffers spread out around Chittenden, Washington and Addison Counties to celebrate the launch of the 6th edition of Local First Vermont's Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book! Set up at City Market in Burlington, as well as the Capital City Farmers' Market, Tour de Farms, and Bristol Harvest Festival, staff members sold nearly 100 books and talked to countless people about the importance of supporting local businesses.

This year's book features 200+ coupons for many locally-owned businesses in Addison, Chittenden, and Washington counties. At just $18 per book, with coupons valued at more than $3,000, the Buy Local Book is a great way to support your neighbors WHILE saving money.

Click here to find out where you can pick up this year's book.

(If you'd like to sell the Buy Local Book at your business please contact Wendy Wilson McArdle, Interim Manager of Local First Vermont. Commission is $4 per book this year!)

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the launch event... don't forget to "Buy Local First!"   

Events Accepting Marketplace Credit
VBSR Members Make Continuing Education Easy  
We've had member feedback asking for a quick way to take a peek inside the VBSR Marketplace without logging in. (We all forget our passwords occasionally!). We're happy to report that The Marketplace website has been refined to provide this functionality and give you a look at select Offers.

First Up: Event Listings. In the header on the Marketplace website ( you can now see "Events Accepting Trade Dollars". This will be a list of upcoming conferences, classes, seminars, and learning opportunities that you can use your Trade Dollars to attend. For example, Shelburne Museum and Core Business Seminars recently joined VBSR and immediately started posting events!

If you have an extra seat at one of your events, we'd love to find you a VBSR member who wants to attend! Log in to your account to post openings, or contact Amy for assistance.

Ready to learn more about how the VBSR Marketplace can bolster your bottom line? Click here
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Young Professionals Invited to VBSR Networking Get-Together October 15
VT Intern Program Aims to Connect YP's, VBSR Members 
In celebration of our 25th year, VBSR is extending a special invitation to young professionals to join us for our October 15th Networking "Get-Together" at Shelburne Farms.

We'll meet in the beautiful courtyard of the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn at 5:30pm, where VBSR's Intern Program Manager Roxanne Vought will lead a quick round of introductions and networking tips. After we warm-up amongst ourselves, we'll continue into the building at 5:45pm for the networking event - with peer support and confidence!

Thanks to The Vermont Intern Program, this event is FREE for young professionals (25 or younger) who are looking for a way to engage with VBSR members, friends and staff. Young professionals should register here for the event.

Cash bar available; hors d'oeuvres provided by our host, Shelburne Farms.

SCHEDULE - Thursday, October 15
5:30 PM Meet in Courtyard of Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Quick-Tips for Networking
5:45 PM Join VBSR Networking Get-Together
7:30 PM Event ends

For more information, please contact Karisa Desjardins at or (802) 862-8347. 
Upcoming VBSR Events
Join us at an Event Near You - Click the Link to Learn More

November 17: Southern Vermont Summit (Brattleboro) Save the date, details coming soon!
Member Events
Upcoming Member Events

September 30: Work - Workers - Workplace: A Morning Workshop (Arocordis Design)

September 30: That's Not Me: Protect Your Identity (Core Business Seminars)

October 5: BPI Building Analyst & Envelope Professional (Vermont Technical College)

October 5: Money Matters: Making a Retirement Plan (Core Business Seminars)

October 5: How Scorpions Make Better Brain Surgeons: Biomimicry and Innovation (Champlain College & AWEN Ventures)

October 6: Manufacturing Day Tour! (Twincraft Skincare)

October 6: The Human Side: Employee Benefits (Core Business Seminars)

October 7: Manufacturing Day Tour! (Twincraft Skincare)

October 8: Sangha Studio: Movin' on Up Party! (Sangha Studio)

October 10: Successful Sales & Marketing For Home Professionals (Vermont Technical College)

October 16: Introduction to ArcGIS (Vermont Technical College)

October 21: Introduction to ArcGIS (Vermont Technical College)

October 24: Combustion Analysis for Residential Heat (Vermont Technical College)

October 30: Fifth Friday: Intellectual Property (Core Business Seminars)

November 4: 2nd Annual Vermont Development Conference (White + Burke)

November 5: 4th Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future (VT Partnership for Fairness & Diversity)

February 16: UVM's Business of Craft Beer Professional Certificate (UVM)

ALSO, check out this series of state-sponsored public hearings designed to engage the public in a conversation about public transportation and highway safety. Topics include bus service, the future or passenger rail, the proliferation of car sharing, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and how the legalization of marijuana could affect highway safety. Click here to find an event near you.
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    Member News  
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    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.

    Funding is Now Available for Diesel Vehicle and Equipment Upgrades!

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed the Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program, which provides incentive funding for projects that reduce emissions from diesel powered vehicles, engines and equipment.
    Funding is available for:
    •  Early replacement of medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and equipment
    •  Retrofitting with emission control technologies
    •  Engine repowers
    •  Installation of idle reduction technologies, and
    •  Aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires 

    "Vermont Community Loan Fund Awarded $787,000 Grant from Federal CDFI Fund" - Published by Vermont Business Magazine

    The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF), a nonprofit, mission-driven lender, has been awarded a $786,840 grant from the US Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The CDFI Fund awards grants to build capacity of loan funds and other financial institutions serving communities that lack access to financial resources.
    The grant will support VCLF's community-focused loan programs, providing permanent lending capital to Vermont's small businesses, early education and child care programs, community facilities and developers of affordable housing. VCLF's lending programs focus on creating opportunities leading to healthy communities and financial stability for all Vermonters.

    Chroma Technology Expands in Japan

    Chroma Technology Corp announced today that Mr. Hisashi Okugawa has been named General Manager of Chroma Technology Japan. This creates Chroma's third sales and technical support office outside the US. The first two are in Germany and China. Together they reinforce Chroma's commitment to providing the best customer service and precision imaging solutions to the life sciences community worldwide. Mr. Okugawa brings over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience from his career with Nikon in their sales strategy, development, engineering and microscope divisions.

    Revised Food Security Section of Vermont's Farm to Plate Food System Plan Released
    One of the goals of Vermont's statewide Farm to Plate food system plan is to ensure all Vermonters have access to fresh, nutritionally balanced food that they can afford.
    The updated Food Security section of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan reviews food security trends and challenges in Vermont and New England. An in-depth analysis identifies opportunities for federal food programs, community food security programs, and Vermont's charitable food system to improve the health and well-being of food insecure Vermonters. The section explores how food access programs can address food security while considering how Vermonters access food; the extent to which food is available; how food is prepared, cooked, and stored; and the stability of Vermont's food system. 
    Click here to learn more
    Special Olympics Vermont Partners with Vermont Principals' Association to Engage Youth in Unified Sports
    Special Olympics Vermont and the Vermont Principals' Association have formalized their partnership to develop inclusive youth sports opportunities for all high school students across the state. Together, these organizations will leverage their expertise and resources to expand Unified Sports offerings and establish a model for building inclusive school communities.
    Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. The Unified Sports program brings the power of the Special Olympics movement into schools. Using sports as the catalyst for change, students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same teams, breaking down barriers, fostering tolerance, and building friendships.
    Thank you VBSR Champion Members for your ongoing support!


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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.


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