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14th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner

  • Home of Ben Cohen 394 Willow Brook Lane Williston, Vermont 05495 (map)

Please join us for VBSR's 14th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony & Dinner! REGISTER

Recognizing the 2015 awardee of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business: Duane Peterson, Co-Founder and Co-President, SunCommon

6:00-7:00 PM Networking, Hors D'oeuvres & Cash Bar
7:00-8:00 PM Dinner & Award Ceremony
8:00-8:30 PM Networking & Dessert

We'll honor Duane with a fun and festive celebration at the beautiful mountain-top property of Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's and 2010 Terry Ehrich Awardee. Guests will have the chance to network and celebrate capitalism with a conscience while enjoying a cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, complimented by a cash bar - all featuring Vermont producers, including many VBSR members! 

$60 VBSR Members / $85 Non-Members

Includes hors d'oeuvres, full course dinner and dessert catered by Sugarsnap


A social entrepreneur, Duane Peterson is on his 7th career with stints as a medic, police officer, non-profit manager, political campaigner, justice department official, legislative director and values-led business practitioner. The common thread throughout all of these roles has been organizing people to take meaningful action towards positive change. Duane moved to Vermont in 1996 to help Ben use Ben & Jerry's as a force for social change. After 12 years there as Ben's Chief of Stuff, Duane left to launch his latest venture -- SunCommon -- to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to help repower Vermont with clean, safe, in-state energy. A Benefit Corporation and a Certified BCorp, SunCommon is Vermont's largest solar business with almost 100 workers. Duane has been a part of the VBSR community since 1996 and his wife Laura served as VBSR's Program Manager back in the day. He's a member of the Social Venture Network and serves on the Board of VPIRG.


In 2002, VBSR began honoring Vermont's outstanding practitioners of social responsibility in business in fond memory of late VBSR board member, Terry Ehrich.  Terry was genuinely concerned about the well-being of his employees, generous with his time as a friend and concerned citizen, and successful with his business, Hemmings Motor News.  He also started the First Day Foundation to encourage greater parental involvement in public education.  

The Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry Ehrich's sustained commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.  

For more infomation on the event and Terry Ehrich, please click HERE.