January 2018
Vermont Businesses for  
Social Responsibility
People. Planet. Prosperity.

Dear VBSR Members and Other Friends,

I always find it inspiring to see other people going above and beyond the call of duty. As you can see below, our legislative breakfast celebrated a number of people leading the way by going "above and beyond."

As a member, you help to support and inspire leadership like this, helping us  create a sustainable and just economy, and we appreciate your support. in an effort to remain affordable and accessible to as many businesses as possible, we have not raised dues since 2010 (eight years!), but in 2018, we will ask you to pay a bit more. Starting in January, basic dues will increase, and to  avoid large dues increases in the future and ensure that our dues keep up with the times, we are going to adopt a structure other organizations use, in which you will see a very slight (2% in 2019) annual increase from now on. This will be a more sustainable approach to raising dues, and we welcome your input into this process. 

Thank you again for helping us support businesses and people, planet and profit!
Jane Campbell
Executive Director

P.S. I hope you'll join us on January 25th, at the Networking Get-Together at VPR in Colchester, one of the few (maybe the first?) net zero buildings owned by public media in the U.S. Please  register today!

P.P.S.  Please also save these dates:  February 15: VBSR's Legislative Reception in Montpelier, and 
May 15th: VBSR's 28th Annual Spring Conference. More info soon!


Welcome and thank you to our newest members!



Ashley Day

Abby Fuirst

Heather Van Dusen



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Come get new contacts and new ideas for the new year!
Photo of crowd networking
Kick off the new year with an evening of networking and education! 

Join us at our next Networking Get-Together, this time at VPR's studios in Colchester. You'll meet new people, learn new ideas, and see the one of the few (maybe the first!) net zero building owned by U.S. public media.

Many thanks for VPR for hosting, and thanks, too, to our sponsors: 
Aplomb Consulting, City Market, Forward Philanthropy, Joanne Jastatt Leadership Coach & Career Strategist, SunCommon, VT Employee Ownership Center, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Wiemann Lamphere Architects.

This event is free for VBSR members and state/elected officials, $10 for nonmembers, and though walks-ins may be welcome, please register here . Attendance is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.


2017 legislative breakfast and member meeting -- thank you!
Crowd photo Over 130 VBSR members, legislators, and state officials gathered to honor those who are leading the way on public policy issues that promote a sustainable economy. 

Also, VBSR recognized legislators from ChittendenWashington and Windham Counties with our " Climate Champion Awards,"  to recognize their leadership on climate-related legislation. (And by the way, the  ESSEX Plan  has nothing to do with the town of Essex!)

Also, Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce received the first ever VBSR Public Servant of the Year Award. The voluntary public retirement plan she created will help the 104,000 Vermonters with no access to employer retirement plans. She also led comprehensive and non-partisan review of financing options to clean up Lake Champlain and Vermont's other lakes and rivers. And, she uses the power of state investments to raise important climate issues at shareholder meetings.

We are grateful to all these champions for helping to create a more sustainable economic environment for our businesses.

To read the legislators' own words about this work, please visit VBSR's news page.
Special thank you to our co-presenter, The Alchemist, and our host sponsor Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, as well as our supporting sponsors Action Circles, Community Capital of Vermont, VT Child Care Industry & Careers Council, and WrightJones PLC. 


Clean water affects your organization and every business
in the state....

Here's an opportunity to learn more about clean water policy and funding and, if you wish, get involved in helping to plan some of the Vermont Clean Water Network Projects. 

Join us at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center on Monday, January 22nd, from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Presented by ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. 


Gender neutral bathrooms -- even more important than you think!

Gender Neutral Bathroom Image Bathrooms without a designated gender benefit a variety of individuals who are uncomfortable or who face mistreatment when accessing gender-specific bathrooms.

Transgender and gender non-conforming people often face stress, anxiety and mistreatment when using gendered bathrooms that are not appropriate for them. Access to a private, non-gendered bathroom can reduce or even eliminate this burden.

People with disabilities or others who have personal attendants of a different gender can run into problems when using gendered bathroooms. Gender neutral bathrooms can provide a more welcoming and comfortable situation for two people of different genders.

People with children of a different gender can encounter misunderstanding when using gender-specific bathrooms, and gender-neutral bathrooms can help.

Everyone who has waited in line for an occupied bathroom while the bathroom for the gender they don't identify with was empty can probably understand that gender-neutral bathrooms are more efficient, allowing people to avoid those unnecessary waits.

Text excerpted from a poster in SunCommon's restroom. The poster was excerpted from "Why do gender neutral bathrooms matter?" by the Saint Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group.


Member news & events

Julie Lineberger named the Inaugural SocialPreneur winner by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Woman's Day Magazine for Wheel Pad L3C
Julie Lineberger of Wilmington, Vermont received the award at a gala event attended by over 600 people. The event was held at Liberty House overlooking the New York City skyline on Monday, 13 November 2017. Congratulations Julie! For more info about WheelPad, an eco-friendly 200 square foot accessible bedroom and bathroom module that can be temporarily attached to an existing home, please visit wheelpad.com.

New Center for Justice Reform at VLS Offers Training, Degrees in Restorative Criminal Justice
Vermont Law School officials launched a new Center for Justice Reform to address deficiencies in the criminal justice system and other responses to harm and conflict. The center offers degree and training programs for law and master's students as well as criminal justice professionals, educators, and other community members who seek to develop alternative, less punitive, responses to harm. Read more.

Cannabis in the Capitol: State House Press Conference and Education Fair
To kick off the 2018 legislative session, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and a coalition of cannabis reform advocacy groups, medical marijuana patients and caregivers, farmers and local business representatives are gathering in the State House on Tuesday, January 9 for a full day of press, advocacy and education. Read more.

KSV Recertifies as B Corporation
KSV, a marketing and advertising agency with considerable expertise in sustainable energy marketing,  recently won recertification as a B Corporation , meaning the company voluntarily meets a higher standard of public transparency, legal accountability and verified performance. Read more.


Not a member? Why wait?

We'd love to have you join us! Please sign up today to join this vibrant business community so you can:
  • network with like-minded business people
  • bring your voice to public policy issues that help people, planet and profit
  • share best practices that help your organization

To make it even more tempting, VBSR member Gallagher, Flynn & Company is offering free participation in their  annual salary survey  to anyone who joins VBSR before January 31st! (The free GFC participation runs till June 30 when their survey year ends. If you put your data in at www.gallagherflynnsalarysurvey.com and inform Lynn Pare at (802) 651-7207 or lpare@gfc.com that you are taking advantage of the VBSR offer, you will then have 24/7 access to the data until June 30, 2018.)

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