What is Membership?
Since the beginning, GreenStar's mission focused on making nutritious, whole food available to its members. But membership means more than just access to good, healthy food...
When you join the Co-op you become a Member-Owner of a locally-owned and cooperatively operated values-based business. We focus on the social and environmental impact GreenStar makes on our local and global community, as well as economic performance. We put our values first, and return all profits back to the Co-op or donate them to the community.
One Member – One Vote means your voice truly counts!
Like all consumer co-ops, GreenStar is owned and democratically run by the people who use the store. Unlike traditional corporations where the amount of a stockholder's investment determines his or her voting power, every member at GreenStar has equal voting rights. As a Member-Owner, you have an equal say in the future direction of GreenStar.
By investing and participating in your co-op, you're putting your values into action.
Through your Equity Share investment and patronage, GreenStar supports the health and well-being of our member-owners, our community and the planet by:
- Purchasing from local farmers and businesses
- Paying a livable wage
- Using clean energy and recycled office supplies
- Supporting organic agriculture and fair trade producers
- Offering health insurance to employees
- Donating to local charities and events
- Providing education on nutrition, health and sustainability
- Improving access to healthy food to those on limited budgets through the FLOWER program
Monday, 03 August 2015 22:50
By Alexis Alexander,
As students return to Ithaca in late August, GreenStar will be hosting a two-week extravaganza of celebration and education. Two exciting celebratory events are planned, along with two opportunities for members and nonmembers to learn more about co-ops, including the history of the cooperative movement and its impact on local and global communities.
Topping the list of events to watch for is a performance by the amazing hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who will be playing at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the newly renovated Ithaca Commons on Thursday, Sept. 3. The show is being sponsored by GreenStar and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, in partnership with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), as part of the CFCU Summer Concert Series. The concert is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm, with Kweli expected to take the stage at 7.
According to the DIA, Kweli is "one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers on the scene." He and Mos Def collaborate as the East-coast rap duo Black Star, and he has also collaborated with prominent artists such as Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Our Marketing Department has worked tirelessly with the DIA and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection to secure an internationally renowned performer for the event, and we are incredibly grateful and excited for their success in bringing the community what will undoubtedly be an evening of memorable music and spirit. Moreover, the values embodied in Kweli's lyrics — social change, equity, and diversity — are the very same values that drive GreenStar's mission as a cooperative enterprise. If those values are important to you, then you may find our educational offerings in August, as described below, to be of great interest.
Co-op Education ...
On Monday, Aug. 24, we will offer our Co-op Enterprise 101 info session in a two-hour program starting at 7 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. This session aims to educate and empower our member-owners in all things cooperative. Topics include the origins and history of the modern cooperative movement, more recent developments in various co-ops throughout the world, and how and where GreenStar fits into that picture. The training is relevant to most anyone drawn to shop at our stores: those new to cooperatives, those interested in learning what co-ops are all about but not yet fully engaged, those who've had long tenures of co-op engagement, whether at GreenStar or elsewhere. The session is free and open to both member-owners and nonmembers.
Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:54
By Alexis Alexander,
In response to several requests, I am happy to announce that we're offering a new information session for member-owners and nonmember customers this summer, called Co-operative Enterprise 101. Membership Administrator Laura Buttenbaum, who developed a similar and well-received training for staff this past fall, will lead the session. Join us for one of two scheduled sessions on Thursday, July 9 or Monday, August 24. Classes will run from 7 to 9 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. If you're interested but unable to attend this summer, stay tuned: additional sessions will be scheduled this fall.
Co-op Enterprise 101 aims to educate and empower our member-owners in all things cooperative. This includes the origins and history of the modern cooperative movement, more recent developments in various co-ops throughout the world, and how and where GreenStar fits into that picture. The training is relevant to most anyone drawn to shop at our stores: those new to the cooperative scene, those interested in learning what co-ops are all about but not yet fully engaged, and those who have long tenures of co-op engagement, whether at GreenStar or elsewhere.
Without giving too much of the fascinating material covered in the class away, I've laid out a brief description of the class agenda below.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:53
By Alexis Alexander,
In 1995, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July as the International Day of Co-operatives (IDC), an annual celebration of cooperatives worldwide. They chose this particular day in order to coincide with the International Co-operative Alliance's International Co-operative Day, established in 1923.
The purpose of IDC is to increase general awareness of co-ops and to promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. IDC also provides an opportunity to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other groups, including governments, at local, national, and international levels.
This year, IDC fortuitously falls on July 4, American Independence Day. The chosen theme for the 2015 celebration is Equality, with the slogan "Choose co-operative, choose equality."
This slogan highlights the fact that inequality around the world is on the rise, and that co-ops offer a viable solution to reverse this trend. According to a Credit Suisse report, the top 1 percent of the world's population is estimated to possess nearly half of the world's wealth, whereas the entire bottom half of the population holds less than 1 percent of its wealth. Money, however, is only one component of the world's growing inequality crisis — with issues of ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and more making their mark. Inequality, in all its varied forms, impedes economic growth, hinders people from earning fair wages and accumulating wealth, and prevents equal access to high-quality, unadulterated products and services.
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By Joe Romano,
That Hydrofrack won't taste so good in your beer, milk, and soup!"
— Graffito near our West End store, on a since-demolished building
For years now, The Ghost of Future Lost, the worst of Marley's apparitions whom we had yet to meet, had haunted our sleep and our waking dreams, terrifying the members of our GreenStar community, leavi...