Our mission at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is to nurture the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to partner with state government, private sector businesses, and nonprofits to build a thriving economic, social, and ecological future for Vermont. Our staff and Board of Directors are committed to developing creative approaches and innovative models to grow Vermont’s economy.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund provides business assistance, value chain facilitation, network development, and strategic planning in agriculture and food systems, forest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology.
Our offices are located in Montpelier and our impact on Vermont’s economy is statewide. We serve the needs and interests of Vermont businesses, organizations, and government partners who are working hard to strengthen our local and regional food system, rebuild the forest products industry, meet Vermont’s renewable energy goal, and invent clean technologies that benefit society. Our partnerships and collaborations position Vermont as a state where social impact entrepreneurs want to start and grow businesses connected to an economy that addresses the realities of climate change.
At the request of the Vermont Legislature, we coordinate the implementation of the Farm to Plate Investment Program to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.
We manage the Vermont Forest Products Program to create and retain quality jobs and open additional markets for locally produced wood products.
Our collaboration with the Vermont Council on Rural Development to implement the Vermont Climate Economy Initiative will boost economic development, create jobs, and attract youth and creative entrepreneurs to the state.
We recently concluded our work on the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, which we began in 2005, to foster the development of small-scale biofuel industries in Vermont as a replacement for fossil fuel based energy.
Our creative and adaptive approach to positive, systems-level change elevates the well-being of Vermonters, our communities, and the environment in the face of climate change, now and for future generations.