Alisa Gravitz and Congressman Welch to Keynote
VBSR Spring Conference
Registration Open for Vermont’s Largest Gathering of
Socially Responsible Business Practitioners
Burlington, VT – Registration is open for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s 24th Annual Spring Conference on May 14. VBSR’s largest event of the year, and Vermont’s largest gathering of socially responsible business professionals, will be held from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington. Event features include keynotes from Alisa Gravitz and Congressman Peter Welch, 15 workshops, 40 exhibitors, 300 attendees, several networking sessions and the presentation of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.
“VBSR is excited to welcome Alisa Gravitz and Congressman Welch to this year’s conference,” said VBSR Executive Director Andrea Cohen. “Ms. Gravitz has been leading the way to a greener America for years, and Congressman Welch has been a great resource for, and champion of, Vermonters and our ideals in Washington.” Cohen noted that the two keynoters compliment each other well, in that “they demonstrate how people can make a positive impact on society and the environment both in the private world of business and in the very public world of politics and policy.”
Alisa Gravitz, CEO and President of Green America, is a leading expert on how families and businesses can "go green," saving money and resources. She is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America's acclaimed Guide to Social Investing and the 1% in Community Campaign, a joint program of Green America and the Social Investment Forum, has moved over $2 billion into community investments from social investment portfolios. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University.
Congressman Peter Welch, US House of Representatives, has been a champion for working Vermonters throughout his distinguished career as a state legislator and Member of Congress. Since his election to Congress in 2006, he has been widely recognized in Washington as a skillful and effective legislator. As a member of the House, Peter has championed legislation to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, make college affordable, and expand access to health care. He took on big banks and credit card companies and he fought to block efforts to repeal health care reform, give tax breaks to millionaires and big oil companies, and restrict a woman’s right to choose.
Vermont’s forward-thinking business, policy, education and nonprofit communities typically attend the daylong business conference. Participants will learn new ways to integrate social responsibility into their organizations, discuss public policy, and network with other professionals committed to conducting business that values not only financial success, but also the well being of employees, the environment, and the community.
Registration on or before May 7 is $150 for VBSR members, $175 for non-members and $35 for full-time students. Carpooling is encouraged, and VBSR is proud to be working with Go! Vermont, Keynote Underwriter of the Spring Conference, to make carpooling easier and more accessible. Thanks to Black River Produce, the conference Localvore Lunch Underwriter, this year’s conference menu will once again feature a large selection of food from local producers. Online registration, carpool information, complete conference agenda and workshop details can be found at www.vbsr.org.
VBSR’s 24th Annual Spring Conference is underwritten by: Black River Produce, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, City Market, Efficiency Vermont, Go! Vermont, The Green Up Girl, Interrobang Design Collaborative, Let’s Grow Kids!, Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Digger, Vermont Health Connect, and Vermont Public Radio.
Sponsors include: The Alchemist, A.N. Deringer, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Vermont, Burton Snowboards, Business Culture Consultants, Champlain College, Chroma Technology, Concept2, Cx Associates, Dealer.com, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, Engineering Ventures, Fairpoint Communications, The Farmhouse Group, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Gravel and Shea, Hubbardton Forge, Keybank, Marketing Partners, Inc., McKenzie Country Classics, Merchants Bank, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, Attorneys at Law, Middlebury College, National Life Group, Northeast Delta Dental, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, People's United Bank, The Point WNCS-FM, Sugarbush Resort, Symquest Group Inc., TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, University of Vermont, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Public Television, Vermont State Employees Credit Union. The event is Co-Sponsored by Davis & Hodgon Associates CPAs.
###Founded in 1990, VBSR is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social, and environmental. With over 1,000 members, VBSR advances its mission through educational offerings, policy advocacy, and networking. Learn more at www.vbsr.org