2012 Summit sponsors

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

DREW’S: Produced in small batches infused with authentic regional and ethnic flavors, Drew’s unique dressings and salsas totally transform salads and reinvent everyday meals. Blending quality, bold flavors and natural ingredients with convenience adds up to one thing: more time at the table with your family. The things you will not find in our products are trans fats, ingredients grown from GMO seeds, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Many of our products are also free of sweeteners, gluten, and dairy. What you will find is that we only use the freshest natural and organic ingredients, and the highest quality, expeller-pressed oils.

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DIAMOND SPONSORS

CROP ORGANIC VODKA: Starting with the purely finest ingredients available, Crop Harvest Earth Vodkas are USDA certified organic artisanal vodkas produced from organic grain grown on America’s plains.  Crop organic grain is harvested from fertile, healthy soil free of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals, and Crop Vodkas are distilled so efficiently that no carbon treatment or charcoal filtering is required.  The Crop Vodka family includes Crop 80 Proof Organic Artisanal Vodka, Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and Crop Organic Tomato Vodka.
FARMER’S ORGANIC GIN is handcrafted in small batches from carefully selected botanicals and the purest grains. Providing a pristinely clean palette for the artful infusion of botanicals, the distillate is made from sustainably farmed grain grown in the U.S. Certified organic by the USDA, Farmer’s Gin possesses a complexity and unique taste profile due to its remarkably balanced selection of organic botanicals, including juniper, elderflower, lemon grass, coriander, and angelica root.

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GOLD SPONSOR

SANDY RIVER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: The Sandy River Charitable Foundation endeavors to engender the physical and social well being and encourage the human spirit of our neighbors throughout the world.

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SILVER SPONSOR

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS — As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.
THE LYDIA B. STOKES FOUNDATION is committed to supporting community farming infrastructure development projects with the potential for growing community food security and creating highly positive social impact. The foundation invests and grants in the values and strategies of community economic development, which includes community empowerment, social and economic food justice, and the local control of resources and agricultural capacity.

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PARTNERS

MARLBORO COLLEGEThe Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability takes a project-based approach to integrating environmental and social responsibility with an MBA’s requisite business management skill-set.  Classes meet one weekend a month in Brattleboro, VT and are supported by an online component.  Coureswork includes systems thinking, personal leadership, and triple-bottom line accounting.
GLOBAL ROUND TABLE LEADERSHIP The mission of Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL) is to steward the emergence of a just, harmonious, and integrous world by engaging people in the practice of whole leadership. To be a whole leader is commit to building thriving relationships with oneself, one another and the systems of which we are a part. GRTL works across all societal divisions by strengthening the essential qualities of our humanity: our compassion, collective wisdom, wholeness, equality and the positive strength of our human spirit.
Organic Trade Association THE ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. Learn more about OTA at www.OTA.com or check out our consumer education website www.OrganicItsWorthIt.org for in-depth coverage of the benefits of organic agriculture and trade.
World Learning WORLD LEARNING unlocks the potential of people to address critical global issues through international education, exchange, and development programs. We work in Vermont and in more than 70 countries to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
Building Green BUILDING GREEN, Inc. provides authoritative information on sustainable design practices and products to building industry professional and higher education institutions. They publish Environmental Building News and GreenSpec®, a database of environmentally preferable building products. www.BuildingGreen.com
SLOW MONEY’S vision is to inspire new ways of thinking about what it means to be an investor in the 21st century, promoting principles of soil fertility, sense of place, cultural, ecological & economic diversity, and nurture capital. Slow Money is connecting investors to small food enterprises, catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems and stimulating a national conversation about finance, culture and the soil.
VERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two primary campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, and at nine nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu

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BRONZE SPONSORS

RSF Social Finance RSF SOCIAL FINANCE is a non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with our investors and donors, RSF has made $230 million in loans and over $100 million in grants since 1984 to for-profit and non-profit social enterprises working in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Underlying all our work is a spirited conversation about the role that money can play in the development of humanity.
Solidago Foundation SOLIDAGO FOUNDATION — Solidago is the Latin term for the goldenrod plant, whose name means, “to strengthen or make whole”. Inspired by this widespread and strong-rooted plant, the Foundation seeks non-traditional and creative approaches to deep-rooted social problems that address the institutionalized disparities of wealth, resources, power and opportunity. Solidago supports building progressive organizations and alliances for lasting structural change of unjust systems.

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PATRONS

AGRO LIVING: This website adds my voice to the current conversation regarding food, global aid and the environment. I think we need to concentrate on reassessing today’s challenges, then review, reprioritize and rethink our approaches so we can take effective, concrete action and realize our goals.
Antioch University New England ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND  in Keene, NH provides transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. We offer an MBA in Sustainability in accelerated, weekend, and fully online formats, a 16 month MS in Resource Management and Conservation program for working professionals, and other practice oriented master’s and doctoral programs in Environmental Studies, Education and Psychology.
The mission of the BEN & JERRY’S FOUNDATIONis to engage Ben & Jerry’s employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots progressive social change organizations around the country.Our interests are in furthering social justice, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable food systems.
Clean Yield CLEAN YIELD is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm working exclusively with social investors, primarily individuals and families.  For more than 25 years our goal has been to invest to promote sustainable society while achieving competitive financial returns.  Increasingly we work with our clients to channel investment capital into sustainable agriculture related enterprises and those developing renewable energy.
Grassroots Capital Management GRASSROOTS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT is an impact investment manager based in the US. Grassroots and its India-based partner, Caspian Advisors, co-manage four microfinance funds. Grassroots activities are motivated by a belief that those blessed with abundant human and financial resources have an obligation to pursue economic justice and community empowerment both at home and globally. We seek out and collaborate actively with others with shared values.
HELEN DALY MIND BODY SPIRIT is the outreach arm of Dr. Helen Daly, a practicing clinical psychologist who combines 20 years experience and the latest brain neuroscience to help people change. She has a life mission to bring together the world’s great spiritual traditions, cutting edge neuroscience, and the best of current psychological practice to teach as many people as possible how to upgrade their thinking and consciousness. In a nutshell the more people can access their prefrontal medial cortex, the better off we’ll all be — and so will the planet.
Founded in 1982, The world’s largest organic yogurt maker, STONYFIELD FARM was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Londonderry, NH. Not only recognized as an organic industry leader, Stonyfield Farm also is a pioneer in social and environmentally responsible corporate practices. The company mission: We’re committed to healthy food, healthy people, healthy business and a healthy planet.
Founded in 1982, TRILLIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT is the oldest independent investment management firm devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing. With $1 billion in assets under management, Trillium creates tailored investment solutions for individual and institutional investors seeking to align their money with their values. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, Trillium’s goal is to deliver both impact and performance to its investors.
VERIS WEALTH PARTNERS is a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. We structure fully-diversified portfolios that aim to drive social and environmental change while bringing rigor and discipline to the investment process. We believe this approach represents today’s most sophisticated investment thinking and guides our process of identifying superior investment and impact opportunities for our clients. For two decades, our pioneering founders have helped investors put their money to work with a purpose.

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SUSTAINING SPONSORS

Chroma Technology Corp CHROMA TECHNOLOGY CORP: Chroma is a leading manufacturer of optical filters and related products that serve the scientific and technical communities. 100% employee-owned, we value the economic and social needs of the individual as well as the needs of the company as a whole. We give back by providing jobs, offering financial support to local non-profit service agencies, sponsoring educational opportunities for students of science and technology, and promoting employee ownership.
The flagship projects of the LINTILHAC FOUNDATION have been the support of the midwifery program at Fletcher Allen Health Care and support for student scholarships and scientific research at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. The Foundation has also moved aggressively to address consumer and environmental advocacy issues and believes it is important to make polluters — not taxpayers — pay to clean up toxic wastes and pollution in Vermont streams and ground water. The Foundation also works to foster a new generation of clean, renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
REINHART BURLINGTON is a division of the largest independently-owned foodservice distributor in the United States, Reinhart Foodservice is proud to provide our customers with unmatched Best Care Anywhere service. We deliver high quality, cost-effective food products to independent restaurants, multi-unit restaurant chains, healthcare, schools and the hospitality industry…while using world class technology solutions tailored to your business. Most importantly, we are your business partner, along with our preferred vendors like Green Wave. We consistently deliver on our promises. Reinhart Burlington, the local foodservice choice!
Vermont Environmental Consortium VERMONT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSORTIUM: Since 2000, VEC brings businesses, educational institutions and state and U.S. government officials together to make Vermont a leader in the green economy.  VEC promotes growth and job creation in Vermont’s environmental business sector through networking, information sharing and special projects.
THE VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND, located in Montpelier, Vermont, was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy.  We provide early stage grant funding , technical assistance , and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing jobs and markets in the green economy.

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Chelsea Green Publishing Founded in 1984, CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING is regarded as the preeminent independent publisher of books on the practice and politics of sustainability. Recent publications include Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson; Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman; The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins; and The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery.
CLOSED LOOP CAPITALis a venture capital fund investing in early-stage agriculture technology and food system innovation enterprises. Through an actively-managed investment strategy, our team addresses funding and human capital gaps in enterprises that solve social and environmental challenges from agriculture and food systems. Closed Loop Capital is based in Vermont and Pennsylvania – www.closedloopcapital.com. Contact us at info@closedloopcapital.com or 802-448-2244.
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF VERMONT is an open-admissions, non-residential college with 12 locations throughout Vermont and extensive online options. With 17 degree and 11 certificate programs, CCV provides access to a high-quality education at an exceptional value, preparing students for career advancement or transfer to other colleges. www.ccv.edu
Cooperative Fund of New England THE COOPERATIVE FUND OF NEW ENGLAND (CFNE)was founded in 1975 by co-op activists and social investors to provide financial and technical assistance to food cooperatives. Since then, the organization has expanded its focus, offering development loans and technical assistance to a wide range of co-ops and nonprofit groups that share CFNE’s vision of equality, justice, and social responsibility. CFNE is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York).

DANCING DEER BAKING COMPANY
is a company of people who are passionate about food, nature, aesthetics and community. Since 1994, the company has been known for its delicious tasting all-natural brownies, cookies, cakes and baking mixes, which are sold online as gourmet gift arrangements for consumers and corporations, and in specialty, natural food and conventional grocery stores nationwide. Dancing Deer has won many national awards and accolades for its distinctive products and innovative business practices, and most recently became one of the first Massachusetts companies to be certified as a Sustainable Business Leader. Dancing Deer places an enormous emphasis on giving back to the community, most notably by helping homeless and at-risk families through their Sweet Home Project initiative. For more information, visit www.DancingDeer.com.
ELLIOT STREET CAFE: We are a neighborhood cafe and specialize in mexican food and breakfast all day. Local when we can, fresh and delicious all the time. Local favorites are huevos rancheros, breakfast burrito, and our vegetable plate (an homage to kale). We serve good, strong coffee, which you can now pair with an AMAZING butter or chocolate croissant.
FIELDSTONE CAPITAL PARTNERS is a Vermont-based private investment firm that provides long-term capital, strategic guidance, and operational support to companies well positioned for profitable growth. We invest our capital and professional expertise in helping business owners take their companies to the next level while building long lasting business value. Visit www.FieldstoneCap.com.
GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE prepares students for productive, caring, and fulfilling lives by taking the environment as the unifying theme underlying its academic and co-curricular programs. This innovative interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education is grounded in the institution’s strong tradition of effective teaching and mentoring, and is complemented by a diversity of community-oriented campus life opportunities. Through a wide range of liberal arts and career-focused majors, the college fosters the ideals of environmental responsibility, public service, global understanding, and lifelong intellectual, physical, and spiritual development.
HAWTHORNE VALLEY ASSOCIATION: Since 1972, Hawthorne Valley Association has been dedicated to promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture, and the arts. The 400-acre campus includes an early childhood through grade 12 Waldorf school; working Biodynamic farm; on-farm education programs; a full-line natural foods store; social, ecological, and cultural research groups; teacher training programs; and more. Our work is based on genuine human relationships, wonder and love of nature, and continued commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in a social context. Visitors welcome! For more information, please call 518-672-4465, visit www.hawthornevalleyassociation.org, or stop by 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075.
MERRITT & MERRITT & MOULTON is a B Corporation law firm based in Burlington, Vermont representing emerging growth companies with a focus on financing and intellectual property. The firm also represents angel, family office, venture capital and private equity investors and is an active participant in the New England venture ecosystem. Ken Merritt, Managing Director of Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, is a Founding Member of the Slow Money Alliance. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Investors’ Circle (Incubator of Slow Money) and is currently a member of their Advisory Board.
THE NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION (NFCA) is more than 25 food co-ops in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise. Join us in 2012 as we celebrate the United Nations International Year of Co-ops! For more information and a map of member co-ops, please visit www.nfca.coop.
PROGRESSIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT GROUP is the socially-responsible division of Financial West Group, member FINRA/SIPC, which is a full-service investment brokerage firm. Our Wellesley office is lead by experienced investment advisor, Eric Packer. In his role over the past 18 years, Eric has helped many individuals, families, nonprofits, and business owners invest responsibly while maintaining well-diversified and balanced portfolios. We offer both Retirement and Non Retirement accounts as well as College Saving Plans and Community Investing. We analyze risk parameters, time horizons and investment goals for each portfolio to accommodate for specific and personal concerns. For more information, please visit www.progressiveassetmanagement.com
REAL PICKLES is a small, independent business based in western Massachusetts producing pickled products that are raw, vinegar-free, and 100% organic. Our products are made using the traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world. In support of a regional food system, we buy all of our vegetables from family farms in the Northeast and sell our products only within the Northeast. For more information please, visit www.realpickles.com.
Slow Living® is a start-up lifestyle company and umbrella brand founded in 2010 by business development consultant, Jason Drebitko. Drebitko coined Slow Living® as a consumer behavior philosophy that translates across product categories into purchasing decisions based on a common set of product characteristics. These include: the highest quality construction and materials; traditional processes involving high levels of skill and substantial hand work; low volume and often individual production; inherent beauty; vernacular reverence; attention to design and detail; and heritage or brand story. Slow Living® aims to be the world’s leading brand community, media outlet, e-commerce and business directory showcasing and supporting authentic products, companies and experiences that emphasize quality over quantity, along with environmental and social responsibility. slowlivingtoday.com, facebook.com/slowliving
STAKEHOLDERS CAPITAL is a full service investment management firm committed to advancing Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).  We create portfolios for individual and institutional clients that meet both their financial goals and ethical standards and unlike our competitors, offer a sophisticated strategy to reduce volatility.  We invest in funds based on a conviction that they offer competitive returns with access to broad diversification at a lower cost to clients.  StakeHolders Capital is independent and does not receive commissions or referral fees of any kind.  Discover the power of your investments with StakeHolders Capital.
Sojourns Community Health Clinic SOJOURN COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC’S mission is to deliver high-quality, affordable health care and educational programs in a collaborative, patient-centered environment; we aim to inspire and model change in healthcare. Sojourns’ diverse practitioner team offers holistic healthcare including primary care, naturopathic medicine & biological medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, nutritional and lifestyle counseling. Sojourns was founded in 2000 as an innovative response to the need for a change in how our culture views health and delivers health care. For more information visit: www.sojourns.org
Sterling College STERLING COLLEGE is a liberal arts college devoted to environmental studies. As a year-round college, Sterling offers a summer semester to take advantage of northern Vermont’s most productive season. Academic majors include Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Ecology, Natural History, and Outdoor Education. Students pursue coursework at Sterling’s main campus in Craftsbury, Vermont, and can also choose among field study programs in Japan, Belize, Canada, Iceland, Alaska, the Bahamas, Scandinavia and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sterling’s newest initiative is Vermont’s Table, a 5-week program in sustainable food studies, offered in two sessions during summer semester.
Vermont Wilderness School VERMONT WILDERNESS SCHOOL specializes in programming for children and adults focused on cultivating long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills. Our programs include the Southern Vermont Permaculture Design Course, Oyase Community School, Full Moon Girls, Otter Day Camp and the Vermont Art of Mentoring Workshop. Inspired by the ways of Earth-based, indigenous cultures, we envision a future where the majority of our needs are met in a vibrant, local economy that serves both humans and nature alike.
Vermont Wilderness School THE WINDHAM REGIONAL CAREER CENTER is a regional career and technical school providing a diverse selection of career preparation programs for all students attending the Brattleboro Campus. The courses and programs are designed to allow students great flexibility in developing a course of study that supports personal and career development. The Center also offers adult education and workforce development opportunities for the Windham county region. Contact www.wrccvt.com or call 802-451-3965.
YANKEE FARM CREDIT is a farmers credit cooperative. It is part of the national Farm Credit System created by Congress in 1916. Yankee Farm Credit provides nearly $400 million in loans to about 1,300 customers throughout Vermont and six neighboring counties in New York and New Hampshire. The association also provides financial services including recordkeeping, tax preparation, and crop insurance. Yankee Farm Credit serves all types of agriculture including the forest products industry. The cooperative is owned by its member-customers and governed by farmer-directors. A portion of profits is returned to members as patronage refunds. For more information please see www.yankeeaca.com.

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YEAR OF CO-OPS SPONSORS

The following organizations are supporting special content on co-operative enterprise for the Slow Living Summit in recognition of the United Nations declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives:
  BRATTLEBORO FOOD COOP
  CABOT
  CDS CONSULTING CO-OP
COOP STORES OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT
  EQUAL EXCHANGE
FRANKLIN COMMUNITY COOP
  NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION
  NEW ENGLAND FARMERS UNION
  ORGANIC VALLEY
  WILLIMANTIC FOOD COOP

HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD FROM:

Drews — Vermont Fresh Pasta Company — Putney Pasta  — Bruegger’s Bagels — Stonyfield — Distler’s Pretzels — Commonwealth Dairy — Green Mountain Coffee — Vermont Creamery — Burlington Food Service — Organic Valley — Grafton Cheddar — Stonewood — Dancing Deer – Vermont Bread — Cabot — North Country —  Tea 4 Two — Vermont Water — Cape Cod Chips — Against the Grain — Vermont Smoke and Cure — Castleton Crackers  

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For information on becoming a 2012 Summit sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page, or contact: ORLY MUNZING, Founder & Executive Director, 802-258-9177; orlymunzing@gmail.com.

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