Get Pumped about Energy Efficiency with HeatSmart


By Jonathan Comstock, Solar Tompkins HeatSmart Program Director GreenStar members can be proud of their co-op for making sustainable energy use a key design criteria for the new store nearing completion at 770 Cascadilla Street.  This includes enhanced energy efficiency measures such as excellent insulation of the building envelope and using Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) to heat and air condition the new store. These features provide benefits during building in the form of energy efficiency grants and low-interest loans. After construction, they will provide a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable store to work and shop in.  And in the big picture, you, the GreenStar member-owners, are simultaneously making a real contribution to sustainability and a future that is not [...]

Get Pumped about Energy Efficiency with HeatSmart2019-11-13T10:39:20-05:00

Appreciating the Cooperative Model


Part of the Co+op Forest, along the Huayabamba River in northern Peru. By GreenStar Membership Department Staff November has arrived, launching what many consider to be the season to give thanks, so it’s timely to reflect on our feelings of gratitude. Naturally, you might be thinking of how much you appreciate your family and friends, your home, or your good health. Maybe you’re remembering and honoring those who have sacrificed much, so that we can exercise our human and democratic rights. If you’re a member of a cooperative enterprise, you likely acknowledge and appreciate how this alternative business model is doing things differently — using cooperative principles to put our collective values into practice. One of the [...]

Appreciating the Cooperative Model2019-11-05T11:54:39-05:00

General Manager’s Presentation from the Fall Gathering for Member-Owner


    On October, 23 2019, GreenStar hosted more than 200 attendees at its Fall Gathering for Member-Owners at The Space@GreenStar. GreenStar's General Manager, Brandon Kane, delivered a presentation updating member-owners on our store relocation project as well as other topics of interest to member-owners. Presentation slides are available here. Comments and questions may be directed to      

General Manager’s Presentation from the Fall Gathering for Member-Owner2019-11-07T15:05:59-05:00

Indigenous Foods Spotlight


Many of us turn toward gratitude in the months and national holidays of November and December. Haudenosaunee people, indigenous to the Finger Lakes region, give thanks every day. The Thanksgiving Address, or Gano:nyok, serves as a daily reminder to appreciate and acknowledge all things. The Gano:nyok reinforces the connection that people have to the world around them. A portion of this address gives thanks for food: “With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and [...]

Indigenous Foods Spotlight2019-11-04T14:06:43-05:00

General Manager’s Report: In Gratitude


By Brandon Kane, General Manager In the spirit of the season of gratitude, I want to thank you for your support of GreenStar Food Co-op. As a member-owner, owner-volunteer, producer, or shopper, you are the reason GreenStar continues to thrive. When you attend Co-op events, provide suggestions, and participate in our democratic process, you lead the way in affecting the direction and future of our cooperatively owned business. Right now, you can participate in two different surveys posted online. Our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey — for both member-owners and shoppers who have not yet joined the Co-op — is available until Nov. 30. In preparing to expand our product line, we’re also inviting recommendations for [...]

General Manager’s Report: In Gratitude2019-12-03T11:40:53-05:00

Fair Trade Has a Key Role to Play with Climate Change


Members of Cooperative Norandino, credit Fair World Project By Co+op, stronger together When the fair trade story is told, people often focus on the social and economic benefits fair trade provides producers, which are significant. But the market stability that fair trade certification creates also empowers farmers to invest in farming methods such as regenerative agriculture, agroforestry and tropical reforestation projects that help to slow climate change. In May of 2018, food co-ops across the country partnered with Fair World Project to raise awareness about the inspiring environmental projects many fair trade producers have undertaken in tropical areas all over the world. In addition to selling over one million dollars of fair trade certified products, directly benefitting producer [...]

Fair Trade Has a Key Role to Play with Climate Change2019-10-15T11:28:22-04:00

Five Fab Facts about Co-ops


By Co+op, stronger together We think co-ops are fabulous. Cooperation is, after all, a word that implies people working together towards the same end, mutually benefitting one another and the larger community. Both economically beneficial and socially responsible, these community-minded businesses make the world a better place — and that’s a beautiful thing. Here are five fab reasons to celebrate co-ops: 1. October is National Co-op Month The cooperative model is unique. A co-op exists to serve its members, but the members are also the owners. With ownership comes an opportunity to participate in some co-op decision-making and to reap economic rewards for ownership, often in the form of patronage dividends. Globally, there are nearly one billion people who [...]

Five Fab Facts about Co-ops2019-10-16T16:34:03-04:00

Are Those Who Join the Co-op Members? Owners? Both!


By Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager, Laura Buttenbaum, Membership Administrator/Capital Campaign Coordinator, and Holly Baker, Director of Marketing and Owner Services Fall is always an exciting time in Ithaca! Students have arrived, the streets are bustling with activity, and the energy level heightens with the autumnal beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Whether you’re a new student in the area discovering GreenStar for the first time, new to shopping at GreenStar, or a long-term customer or member-owner, this is a great time to reflect on what it means to be part of a cooperative community, both locally and globally. Over the years, GreenStar has gone from designating those who join and pay equity into the Co-op as “members” to calling them [...]

Are Those Who Join the Co-op Members? Owners? Both!2019-10-09T14:36:45-04:00

Celebrating International Pronouns Day at GreenStar


By GreenStar’s Equity Action Team The third Wednesday of October, which this year is Oct. 16, is designated as International Pronouns Day. GreenStar will recognize and celebrate this event with all-day activities at our three retail stores. Stop by your favorite GreenStar location to pick up some pronoun stickers, literature, and a free pronoun cookie. If you’d like, chat with one of our volunteers at the table. Are you wondering what International Pronouns Day is all about? Here’s an explanation from the official website: “International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong [...]

Celebrating International Pronouns Day at GreenStar2019-10-02T12:58:32-04:00

Cooperatives Grow Communities: Riojana Olive Oil


By Co+op, stronger together, in celebration of National Co-op Month In the town of Arauco in the La Rioja province of Argentina stands the oldest olive tree in the country, planted in the 1600s. Although not native to Argentina, the Arauco olive is highly prized for its buttery smoothness and meaty texture, and for the robust floral and fruity flavor notes it contributes to olive oil. There, in the Antinaco-Los Colorados Valley, the cooperative producers of Riojana extra virgin, fair trade organic olive oil are cultivating much more than their 350 olive trees. Through cooperation, they are growing a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. Reinvesting profits for health and education La Riojana’s founders came from Italy to Argentina in [...]

Cooperatives Grow Communities: Riojana Olive Oil2019-10-25T11:49:09-04:00

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