General Manager Report: Measuring Our Impact

2020-03-09T14:18:23-04:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager When you consider the immense scope of GreenStar — with its three stores, approximately 12,600 member-owners, and more than 200 employees — our Council (Board of Directors) has a huge responsibility in its role to provide oversight of the whole. Council uses a methodology known as Policy Governance to ensure accountability and success in the governance and operation of the Co-op. In a nutshell, Policy Governance is simply a template guiding Council to create policies for itself and the General Manager (GM). These policies lay out the expectations and parameters by which Council holds itself and the GM accountable to our membership and keeps us in compliance with the various state and federal laws [...]

General Manager Report: Measuring Our Impact2020-03-09T14:18:23-04:00

A Healthy Co-op: Responding to COVID-19

2020-03-25T16:41:20-04:00

A Message to our Co-op Shoppers & Member-Owners: A Healthy Co-op A Healthy Co-op – Continued Response to COVID-19 March 25, 2020 Dear Member-Owners, Volunteers, and Shoppers, The public health crisis caused by COVID-19 turned our collective reality upside down in a matter of weeks. The rapid deconstruction of our world view has brought about a level of clarity that had previously evaded us and has shown us what is truly fundamental in our lives. Our community needs stability and it needs to eat. GreenStar is working to meet these needs for tens of thousands of people. We understand the very real and urgent concern for employee and customer health as well as the science behind the preventative approach [...]

A Healthy Co-op: Responding to COVID-192020-03-25T16:41:20-04:00

Information for Co-op Member-Owners

2020-02-26T14:07:23-05:00

1. Important Dates: Council Elections/Voting: April 20 → May 20 Member Forum (Meet the Candidates): May 6 at the TCPL Borg Warner Room (East) Annual Member Meeting: May 19 at the TCPL Borg Warner Room (Full) 2. There’s still time to run for Council! Declare your Candidacy by March 1! Are you a GreenStar member-owner, ready to bring your perspective and experience to the cooperative table? Join Council (our Board of Directors) and help GreenStar Grow Forward! As a Council member, you get to add your voice by participating in a powerful, member-owned democracy that works for food and social justice, while carrying out the fiscal and legal responsibilities of being a Council member. Greater diversity and representation on [...]

Information for Co-op Member-Owners2020-02-26T14:07:23-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Ithaca Public Education Initiative

2020-02-25T10:27:32-05:00

Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, and Ability in Bloom. The Ithaca Public Education Initiative, IPEI, is a two-decade old local non-profit dedicated to turning great ideas into unique and exciting educational opportunities for students in the Ithaca [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Ithaca Public Education Initiative2020-02-25T10:27:32-05:00

General Manager’s Report: Moving Closer to Completion!

2020-02-03T16:16:00-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager Each day we get a little closer to realizing a newly expanded GreenStar. This time last year, I was sharing news that pre-construction work had just begun on our new store at 770 Cascadilla St. A year later, I’m proud to report that we’ve made tremendous progress on this exciting project, and we are closer than ever to completing the expanded GreenStar. Thank you to the many community members and GreenStar member-owners who have provided glowing feedback on the exterior appearance of the new store, including the impressive "Welcome to Ithaca" sign facing Route 13. The interior is taking shape beautifully, and while we aren’t quite ready for public tours, I want to share [...]

General Manager’s Report: Moving Closer to Completion!2020-02-03T16:16:00-05:00

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates

2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager Living Wage Update As we step into the New Year, I want to take this time to reestablish GreenStar’s commitment as an equitable and fair employer in our community. I’m proud of what GreenStar is able to achieve for our staff and for our member-owners. I know that a great deal of what we’re able to contribute is thanks to our cooperative model. I also understand that community organizations and cooperatives are often held to a higher standard than most businesses, because of our intimate connection with stakeholders and their communities. One of the primary standards GreenStar and other co-ops have been held to is our commitment to be a fair-wage-and-benefits employer in the [...]

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom

2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are Ability in Bloom, Habitat for Humanity, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. Ability in Bloom is a social-enterprise program of Challenge Workforce Solutions. Through a quarter-acre flower-production plot at the Groundswell Incubator Farm, this program provides work-skills training for a [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

Guerilla Prayer Flags Offer Hope and Inspiration in Juarez

2019-12-09T12:52:12-05:00

By Rosario Escobedo, Positive News A grassroots work project called Guerilla Prayer Flags is providing employment, hope, and inspiration to struggling families on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, a border city ravaged by drug wars and violent crime. Mothers of special-needs children, widows, and community activists are creating beautiful prayer flags, inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, out of pieces of cloth, recycled bottle caps, and can tabs in a small workshop amidst sprawling pallet houses, washed-away dirt roads, and families struggling to meet basic needs. The project began when Siba Escobedo, a long-time Juarez aid worker, and her friend from Mexico, Sofia Aleman, a widow with five children, began brainstorming ways that they could create a cooperative business to offer [...]

Guerilla Prayer Flags Offer Hope and Inspiration in Juarez2019-12-09T12:52:12-05:00

General Manager’s Report: Collaborating for Positive Impact

2020-01-09T13:43:36-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager A fundamental difference between GreenStar Food Co+op and our competitors is our collaboration with people, organizations, and businesses in our community to make a positive impact. At GreenStar, we review all choices through the lens of our triple bottom line — people, planet, prosperity — and involve our member-owners to the extent possible in decision-making. I want to revisit the ways GreenStar is cooperating with you in our sustainability efforts. Buying local is one way we reduce our carbon footprint. Undoubtedly, locally grown and produced products require a shorter transport, so the more we purchase foods and goods grown or produced within our region, the stronger our impact. About 27% of GreenStar’s annual sales [...]

General Manager’s Report: Collaborating for Positive Impact2020-01-09T13:43:36-05:00

Get Pumped about Energy Efficiency with HeatSmart

2019-11-13T10:39:20-05:00

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

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 Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) Store Hours:   West End 8 am - 9 pm  -  Collegetown 9 am - 9 pm  -  DeWitt is CLOSED
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