53 companies participate in VBSR’s Business Energy Action challenge

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
March 7, 2013

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Federal Grant Enables VBSR to Help Companies Reduce Energy Use by 5% or More

Burlington, VT, March 7, 2013– Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) today announced that the Business Energy Action challenge is off to a successful start for 2013. With the support of two federal grants, VBSR launched the Business Energy Action challenge which focuses on reducing thermal and electrical consumption, primarily through energy efficiency.

“Our first success has been to exceed our goal of 50 participating companies,” said Andrea Cohen, Executive Director of VBSR. “Even more exciting is the fact that many businesses are already making lighting, HVAC, and other improvements toward reducing their energy consumption and related costs.”

“These cost reductions and benefits such as reduction of carbon emissions would not have been possible without the help of Senators Leahy and Sanders in obtaining federal grants. We’re incredibly grateful for their support, as it helps us to fulfill our mission of supporting companies in their socially responsible endeavors.”

Business Energy Action participants are located all across the state and are quite diverse- including everything from a small local deli to banks, architects, grocers and retailers.

About VBSR
Founded in 1990, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (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. VBSR members employ more than 13% of Vermont’s workforce and general more than 4 billion dollars in revenue annually. We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. We advance VBSR’s mission through education, public influence and workplace quality. www.vbsr.org.


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