About the Event
VBSR is pleased to honor four outstanding individuals and organizations who are pushing new ideas and initiatives forward, leading by outstanding example, and developing successful SR business models. Our 16th Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner will recognize Beth Sachs, Co-Founder and Director Emerita of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement (formerly the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business). Awards will also be given to Milk Money and SunCommon (VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award), and Benjy Adler, of Skinny Pancake (VBSR Young Changemaker Award).
A sunset view of the Adirondacks, historic resort buildings and gardens, environmentally-focused operations and a chef-designed menu featuring Vermont producers (including many VBSR members!), make this the perfect setting to celebrate some of our outstanding members and their work. Guests will have the chance to network and celebrate while enjoying a cocktail hour, dinner, dessert and a cash bar. Don't miss this unique gathering of entrepreneurial, mission-driven business professionals!
VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement: Beth Sachs, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
The VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement (formerly the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business) honors an outstanding individual in honor of Terry Ehrich, late owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation and a founding Board member of VBSR. The award is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry's commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy, and the workplace.
Beth Sachs co-founded VEIC in 1986 with partner Blair Hamilton, and served as its Executive Director for twenty-two years, remaining on staff in the role of Founder until th is spring. She now continues to foster stewardship of the mission, values, and goals that are the foundation of VEIC and to further VEIC’s energy justice goals as a member of the Board of Directors. As a leader in energy efficiency and passive solar work for more than forty years—a career spanning several oil embargoes, a couple of wars fought at least partly over natural resources, and increasingly cataclysmic weather events— Beth has made it her life’s work to comb at climate change, advocate for social justice, and create a progressive and flexible workplace. She serves on the Board of the Vermont Energy Education Program and is Secretary of the VEIC Board. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Antioch College. (Special thanks to the Vermont Folklife Center for use of Beth's photo.)
VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award: Milk Money (Small VBSR Member) SunCommon (Large VBSR Member)
The VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award recognizes VBSR member organizations who have accomplished innovative and/or inspirational achievement in the following areas within the past three years: Planet (Environmental Impact), People (Social Impact) and Prosperity (Economic Impact).
Milk Money was launched in July 2015 with a vision to connect “Main St.” as well as accredited Vermont investors with Vermont entrepreneurs to fill a gap in the early stage capital market. Based in Charlotte, the organization is Vermont’s first registered third-party portal for administering investment campaigns using the Vermont Small Business Offering (VSBO) exemption. Founded by two seasoned entrepreneurs, Milk Money’s mission is to put the means for creating new businesses, a strong local economy, and personal wealth within the reach of all Vermonters.
SunCommon starts from the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts: Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Organized as one of Vermont's pioneering Benefit Corporations, SunCommon’s mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use business as a force for good, with a commitment to the triple-bottom-line of people, planet and profit. Just five years old, SunCommon’s market-solution to climate change is Vermont's largest provider of residential and community solar, having already doubled the number of solar homes in our beloved state.
VBSR Young Changemaker Award: Benjy Adler, Skinny Pancake
The VBSR Young Changemaker Award recognizes an individual under age 40 who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise that has been in operation 3 or more years. The awardee will be selected based on their ability to use the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society's challenges for the good of the planet, their employees, their community and economic growth in Vermont.
Benjy Adler, Founder/Owner of Skinny Pancake, comes from a family of entrepreneurs. He founded the Skinny Pancake in the summer before he graduated from Middlebury College and has spent the last 14 years methodically building all aspects of the business, including brand development and marketing, research and development of all outlets, building the management team, managing company finances, participating in Skinny Pancake's local food initiatives and innovations, and all of the other responsibilities that come with the ownership of a growing business. His longstanding commitment to the Localvore moment and local sourcing have made a significant impact in strengthening Vermont's Food System.
This year’s event will take place at the Basin Harbor Resort and Boat Club, stewards of the land since 1803. A fifth-generation family-owned business, this lakeside resort on Lake Champlain is an outstanding example of Vermont’s working lands. Thanks to a multigenerational commitment to preservation and sustainability, the 700-acre estate remains as beautiful today as it did over a century ago while employing 300 people each year. A dedication to improving their carbon footprint on a local and global level has earned them the designation of “Green Hotel” by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and the first golf course in Vermont to become a member of the prestigious Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Their beautiful location - together with their robust environmental efforts, including composting all food waste; electric, fuel and water efficiency; land conservation; capturing waste heat, generating electricity from an on-site solar array, and sourcing from local farmers and food purveyors - make this a perfect venue for this annual event.
Special Member Discount
Basin Harbor is generously offering VBSR members a discounted accommodation rate of $160 for the evening of September 14, 2017, including the following for up to 2 guests*:
- Accommodations in one of Basin Harbor's Historic Guest Rooms, Studios or One Bedroom Suites/Cottages
- Delicious locally-inspired breakfast served from 7:00-10:00 AM
- Fitness Center
- Tennis Courts
- Heated Swimming Pool
- Beach/Pool Chairs & Towels
*Additional guests will be billed at $25.00 per person, per night. Resort Rates are subject to a service fee in the amount of 9%, and applicable state and local taxes, currently 9%. To reserve, please call Basin Harbor's reservation team by August 15, 2017 to make your reservation: 1-800-622-4000. All discounted group reservations must be made by phone. Availability is first come, first serve and only for VBSR members who identify themselves as attendees of VBSR’s 16th Annual Award Ceremony & Dinner. All reservations must be guaranteed with a Visa, MasterCard or check within 10 days of making said reservation. After August 15th rooms will continue to be available at the prevailing room rate, subject to availability.
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