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new Money articles

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Celebrates 25th Anniversary

by Stephen Morris                         1000512 730
Why Here? Why Now? Why VBSR?

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the state’s second largest trade organization for businesses, is now 25 years young. How did it happen, and why here?

Mike Burak says it all began with an article called “Taking Over Vermont” by Richard Pollak, published in the April, 1972 issue of Playboy. Pollak, tongue firmly in cheek wrote: “Suppose the nation’s alienated young decided to stage a takeover of Vermont. Not by staging a weekend rock festival at Rutland and then hanging around the Green Mountains like freaked-out trolls. Not by lacing the water supply with assorted chemical brain scramblers. Not even by trashing the 14-karat-gold-leaf dome off the Statehouse in Montpelier. Suppose they decided to do it by the book, within the system, the hard-hat-approved American way — by ballot.”

“I thought it was a great vision,” says Burak, a native of Winooski who left his home state to complete a law degree at Harvard and to cut his legal teeth with Manhattan-based law firms before returning home. “The hippies would take over Vermont. I was all for it!”

Mike Burak

Good Greed

by Ray C Anderson                         1000511 566

(This article appeared originally in Green Money Journal, and is used by permission. This was not noted in the original print publication and we regret the error. For more information on Green Money Journal, visit greenmoneyjournal.com.)

Since you’re reading the Green Money Journal it’s likely that you’ve already made the mental shift to sustainability, and if that’s the case, welcome! I believe that shift happens one mind at a time, one company, one technology, one university curriculum, one industry, one community at a time. Furthermore, I have never met a “former environmentalist.” It’s true! Once you understand the truth and complexity of our environmental challenges, you are forever changed. My story demonstrates that. And fortunately for us and for our planet, that collective mental shift seems to be happening quickly, particularly in the important field of green building.


Co-ops Build a Better World

by Erbin Crowell                         1000500 1613

In the wake of a global recession that continues to devastate communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation. As we look at challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, many of us feel discouraged and unsure of how we can make business more accountable to our communities and our visions for more just, sustainable, and resilient economies.


Urban Salvage and High Tech Trash

by Katie Cordrey                         1000490 1102

IMS Electronics Recycling has been housed in a Port of Vancouver-owned building since 2007 and is home to an impressive operation that keeps countless tons of toxic and noxious materials from landfills and out of the hands of less conscientious recyclers.


Debunking the myth of lower SRI performance

by Todd Walker                         1000487 1522

In my role as a financial advisor specializing in socially responsible investing (SRI) I am often asked whether social investments – those screened for such activities as gambling, alcohol, nuclear power, pollution and poor employee conditions – perform as well as conventional ones. In fact, what surprises me is how pervasive the opinion is that SRI investments may be good for society, but not for your wealth.

Todd Walker


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more Money articles

Green MBA? No Longer a Contradiction

by Patrick Morris                         9124 3944

Green business isn't just the local farmers' market anymore.


Vacation Locally

by Linda Pinkham                         1000270 2399

Fuel prices have changed everything this summer, not the least of which might be our vacation plans.


Socially Responsible Vermont: Beyond the bottom line

by Stephen Morris                         1043 2293

VBSR wins allegiance with a message that business has a social responsibility


Green Activists Sought

by Stephen Morris                         1063 2146

I first heard about the Green Corps from a friend whose daughter was accepted into the program. An organization that will pay you to become an environmental activist?


The Cooperative Fund of New England

by Erbin Crowell                         1000447 1936

...What makes co-operative enterprise unique is that they are owned and democratically controlled by the people who use them to obtain products, services or employment.


The Green Designation for Realtors

by Stephen Morris                         1000413 1705

Is the Green Designation for Realtors Hip or Hype?


A Better Safe Place: Green CDs

by Stephen Morris                         9101 1546

Purchasers of the Equal Exchange Certificate of Deposit will know that their investment will create a line of credit dedicated to Equal Exchange's use.


The High Price of Materialism

by Marshall Glickman                         1012 1494

Even "the haves" suffer from materialism's excesses: from anxiety, tension, low self-esteem, and from being busy, busy


Snowsville, Not Yer Average General Store

by Stephen Morris                         1000213 1375


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Interview: George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley

by Green Money Journal                         1000247 1248

Social(k) - A New Option for Retirement Planning

by Rob Thomas                         9120 1241

My Saudi Arabian Breakfast

by Chad Heeter                         1059 1166

The Economics of Garlic

by Stephen Morris                         1000369 1149

Battered by Your Bank?

by Stephen Morris                         1000473 1051

Is Your Property Fire Safe?

by Marla Benoist                         1000202 994

The Heron Dancers

by Stephen Morris                         1000253 990

Deep Thoughts on Greenwashing

by Stephen Morris                         1000290 983

Competing Currencies

by Congressman Ron Paul                         1000208 935

Fun in the Slow Lane: Carless in Rural Maine

by Stephen Morris                         1024 930

New Society Publishers' Chris and Judith Plant

by John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist                         1000218 913

Guns and Politics

by Stephen Morris                         1000033 885

In This State: Puerto Vermonta

by Stephen Morris                         9135 882

The State of Co-ops

by Stephen Morris                         9184 875

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

by Marshall Glickman                         1014 804

Socially Responsible Vermont:

by Stephen Morris                         1044 801

Around the Green World

by Stephen Morris                         9098 800

Is That You, Elvis?

by Stephen Morris                         9147 797

Resurrection on the 43rd Floor

by Patrick Morris                         9104 789

Working the Salt Mines at Inn Serendipity

by John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist                         1000217 773

The State of Co-ops

by Stephen Morris                         1000037 770

Funny Business -- This Green Biz

by Linda Pinkham                         1000201 757

Slow Money to Fund Healthy Food System

by Tom Stearns                         1000322 717

Going by the Book

by Chris Morrow                         1000027 697

Land of the Free?

by Stephen Morris                         1000255 664

Carbon Copies: Are All Offset Programs Created Equal?

by Non-Toxic News                         1000019 663

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