Students Learn about Social Responsibility and the TRIPLE bottom line

On Thursday, Julie Lineberger, former Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Chair, instructor and activist shared knowledge and advice to the Business Management class at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on socially responsible business plans and the triple bottom line movement in Vermont and worldwide. The class had an opportunity to get first-hand advice on ways to increase sales to the student store following major changes towards healthy food products sold at the store. Beyond the health impacts, carrying locally produced, sustainably made products has a positive impact on our community and has engaged the students in understanding global impacts of corporate practices in manufacturing of products.
Students learned about business models like B-Corporations, L3C’s and Co-operatives as alternate models that are available to create bridges between the for-profit and non-profit models in the business world. These models push the concepts of “corporate giving” to another level through policies and values that reach every part of their business operations from employee relations to vendor contracts.

The CDC class is partnering with ACT this academic school year in the development of a business plan and recommendations for income generating strategies to sustain ACT initiatives and goals. This project is hopes to seek consideration for inclusion in the Southshire Challenge program. VBSR’s presentation is one of many opportunities local youth will have to use their talents, skills and passions to help transform our communities!

Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC
Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC

VBSR Presentation

Photovoice Bennington County Exhibit

What a phenomenal project!

What breathtaking work!

What an amazing accomplishment!

Over fifty youth poured their hearts and souls into creating an powerful exhibit of photography work in the Photovoice Bennington County project. The end result, over sixty original pieces and so much positive conversation in the community.

There are still dates available to check out the exhibit and you can visit our online gallery of the pieces here.

If you haven’t seen it…be sure not to miss it!

At 443 Main Street – Next to Crazy Russian Girls Bakery

Remaining dates:

Friday, July 5th, 2013 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Remembering to breathe…

Remembering to breathe...

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