Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will recognize Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce at a legislative breakfast next week for her work to establish a public retirement system, clean up Vermont’s waterways, and to address the impacts of climate change through state investments. Pearce will receive the ‘Public Servant of the Year’ award at VBSR’s Legislative Breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, December 6 at Main Street Landing in Burlington. VBSR will also announce its 2018 legislative agenda at the event. Tickets are free for organization members and legislators, and nonmembers and the general public is welcome to attend as well.
“Treasurer Pearce sets a high standard for public service in Vermont,” said Jane Campbell, VBSR’s executive director. “She approaches her work thoughtfully and collaboratively, and honoring the Treasurer for her work on issues such as creating a clean water economy and helping Vermonters save for retirement made this an easy decision for VBSR.”
Pearce, a Democrat, is now serving her fourth term as Treasurer after being appointed to the position in 2011. She has more than 40 years of experience in government finance at both the state and local levels.
“The successes of the Treasurer’s Office are due to the collaborative partnerships we’ve forged by bringing stakeholders to the table,” said Treasurer Pearce. “Whether on issues concerning the environment and the health of our waterways, investing dollars and buying locally, or expanding retirement security, Vermont succeeds when we work together to achieve common goals.”
A Barre resident, Treasurer Pearce is the incoming President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). She serves as the Secretary of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT). She is the Past President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).
VBSR has worked successfully and collaboratively with Pearce over the last several years on several top policy issues. This includes supporting legislation that she championed in 2017 to establish a public retirement system in Vermont, as well as her work the previous year to study and recommend financing options to clean up Vermont’s polluted lakes and rivers. VBSR also worked with Pearce to review the state’s pension investments and determine how the state can use that leverage to boost corporate responsibility on climate change issues.
“Her work is far more than just managing state funds,” said Daniel Barlow, VBSR’s public policy manager. “Treasurer Pearce has successfully used the power of her office to advance common sense solutions for some of the top issues facing the state of Vermont.”
Tickets are still available to VBSR’s 2017 Legislative Breakfast, scheduled from 8-10:30 AM in the Film House at Main Street Landing in Burlington. The event is free for VBSR members, legislators, and state officials and $10 for non-members. The Legislative Breakfast will also serve as VBSR’s Annual Meeting.
The event is presented by The Alchemist, hosted by Main Street Landing, and supported by Action Circles; Community Capital of Vermont; New Moon; Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council; and WrightJones PLC. For more information, visit www.vbsr.org
VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance a business ethic that values people and planet as much as profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 700+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org.