The Co-op Principles for Beginners

Wednesday, 01 October 2008 09:15

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Suzie: I like that GreenStar is a co-op.

Mike: Yeah, I am all over the vegan cupcakes.

Suzie: That’s not what makes the Co-op a co-op!

Mike:  It’s not? Well, I sure feel at home here. It’s my kind of food.

Suzie: Being a Co-op is about the members owning the business. That’s why everyone has a membership. It’s how we own part of the business.

Mike: I got a member number. It’s from my old college roommate.

Suzie: You’re supposed to have your own member number! How do you vote in Co-op elections?

Mike: Members are supposed to vote in Co-op elections?

Suzie: Voting is part of the “co-op” deal. You know, “locally owned, democratically controlled…”

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ICSD Switches to Compostable Lunch Trays

Thursday, 04 September 2008 06:36

By Kristie Snyder,
GreenLeaf Editor

When Pam Wooster’s daughter came home from school and asked her if she knew that the kids used disposable styrofoam lunch trays, she was appalled. She knew that after their 20-minute useful lifespan was over they would just end up in the trash, so she decided to take action. Two years later, the Ithaca City School District’s (ICSD) Food Service Program has switched to compostable trays and reduced its trash by 73 percent.

The new trays, made of sugar cane fiber, will be used in all of the schools in the district this year (except for the Lehman Alternative Community School, which washes its own reusable trays), and will be composted by Cayuga Compost in nearby Ulysses. The switch will keep about 775,000 styrofoam trays out of the landfill annually—that’s about 15 school buses full of garbage.

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Lessons from an Energy Efficient Lifestyle

Thursday, 04 September 2008 06:31

By Steve Nicholson

 Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year.

—Al Gore


We live off-the-grid, in the hills of Caroline, NY. We have a small, 820 watt photovoltaic array, and a tiny, 600 watt wind turbine. Our high performance windows, state-of-the-art insulation, and energy-efficient lights and appliances allow our family of four to lead a comfortable, yet extremely low-carbon, lifestyle. We gladly give solar home tours to demonstrate how it is possible to live with most modern conveniences using only renewable energy from the sun.

The United States uses 25 percent of the electricity produced on the planet and is responsible for 25 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas release, yet represents only five percent of the population. The average American uses 40 times as much energy as someone in a developing country. Sharing the planet with six billion inhabitants requires a different global sustainable energy strategy.

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  • By Alexis Alexander,
    
Membership Manager

    receiptsTechnologically speaking, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far. Over the past several months, the Front End, Information Services, and Membership Departments have been collaborating on register improvements to enhance our service to member-owners, especially as it relates to renewal processing. Recent upgrades by the software developer and manufacturer of our register system...

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