Let the Sunshine In! - GreenStar Installs Solar Panels

Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:24

GreenStar recently installed 18 solar panels on the roof of the receiving area on the southern side of the store, and as of mid-September, they’re providing clean, renewable power to the store. The 4.05 kW grid-tied system, installed by Ithaca’s Renovus Energy, is made up of 18 SunPower 225 Watt panels. The system is designed to generate an average of 11.1 kWh per day, or 4,038 kWh per year. Of course, energy production is both weather- and seasonally-dependent. General Manager Bini Reilly estimates that the system should provide around one percent of GreenStar’s power needs. The remainder of GreenStar’s power is provided by wind-generated electricity, purchased through NYSEG. GreenStar is excited to step into the world of renewable energy, as part of our continuing mission to exercise ecological responsibility and leadership. 


Local Program Brings Fresh Foods to Schoolkids

Monday, 31 August 2009 12:33

ffvspherculescolor.jpgBy Kristie Snyder,
GreenLeaf Editor

For GreenStar shoppers, having access to fresh fruits and vegetables may seem like a given. But for a lot of kids in our community, that’s not the case. Organizers of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca heard from plenty of teachers, and students themselves, about kids who had never eaten vegetables, never tried certain vegetables, never tried an apple, even. That’s all changed now that the program provides daily snacks of fruits and vegetables to every classroom in the school.

 The snack program, now in its second year, provides daily servings of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, locally-sourced and organic when possible, to pre-schoolers through fifth graders in each of the Beverly J. Martin (BJM) classrooms. A project of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods (NYCHSF), the program is supported entirely by private funding and community partners, including GreenStar and our non-profit affiliate, GreenStar Community Projects.

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Gas Drilling in the Finger Lakes: How Will It Affect Us?

Friday, 31 July 2009 15:40

By Sandy Podulka


The powerful and poorly-regulated natural gas-drilling industry is moving into our area, and so far it’s been very much under the public radar. The numerous unconventional gas wells planned will dramatically transform our landscape—bringing the greatest change since the original forests were cut.  Gas drilling will touch every aspect of our lives.  If we can better understand the risks involved, we can work to help mitigate the damage and to better protect ourselves and our community.

Read more: Gas Drilling in the Finger Lakes: How Will It Affect Us?


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  • 04.10.15

    By Dan Hoffman,
Council Member

    2013 Dan Hoffman12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.

    412 Total valid envelopes

    21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope

    Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.

    Two thirds vote required to pass.

    Q#1 = PASS

    361 YES,

    12 NO

    Q#2 = FAIL

    222 YES,

    147 NO

    Q#3 = PASS

    311 YES,

    61 NO

    Q#4 = PASS

    331 YES,

    22 NO

    Q#5 = PASS

    340 YES,

    30 NO

    Q#6 = PASS

    366 YES,

    7 NO

    GreenStar member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.

    GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:

    1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?

    2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?

    3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?

    4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?

    5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?

    6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?

    Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.



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