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.

The co-operative business model has proven to be a strong alternative to traditional profit-driven businesses. And, for every dollar you spend in a locally-owned business or cooperative, 45 cents is return to the community, compared to only 13 cents when you spend a dollar at a chain store.

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



Celebrate By Going Paperless at the 
Annual Spring Member-Owner Meeting

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

2013 meeting_agenda_sm_2Have you signed up to receive required GreenStar member-owner mailings by e-mail? If you have, then for the first time ever, you should have received your Annual Spring Member Mailing via e-mail at the end of March.

I can't express how excited I am to announce this to you! Sending member-owner mailings electronically is something we've wanted to do for a long time, but we didn't have enough valid e-mail addresses in our system to make it cost- effective to do so. A wholehearted thanks goes out to our cashiers for their efforts to collect e-mail addresses from our member-owners over the past year.

If you're not currently on the e-mail list and would like to receive required member-owner mailings and/or occasional announcements on GreenStar events and specials, then you can sign up at the registers or at the Member-Owner Center. Simply ask your cashier!

You can also sign up at the Annual Spring Meeting, which is on Friday, April 19, starting at 5:30 pm at The Space @ GreenStar. This year's meeting features a 50-Mile Menu prepared by our Deli using the best of locally available foodstuffs. Socialize with friends and other member-owners while enjoying a delicious dinner accompanied by live classical music.

At 6:30 pm, we'll begin the business meeting, during which our General Manager and Council will report on GreenStar's exciting accomplishments in 2012 and our plans for the future. We'll also have an opportunity to hear from the candidates who are running for Council and ask them questions about their candidacy. Also on the agenda is the Meat Referendum that's up for a vote in April. The pro and con statements will be presented, and member-owners will be invited to ask questions and participate in discussion on this topic.

At 8:30, we'll set our After-Meeting Dance Party in motion! Or, should I say, it will be set in motion for us by the amazing sounds of El Rumbon!, a local Ithaca band with an impressive vision — to be at the center of a raging Latin dance party! Enjoy the music (we promise to control the volume better than before) and, for the beer lovers in our midst, we'll have a few varieties of Ithaca Beer on tap.

Please join us this year for an eventful meeting. We have a lot to celebrate — especially our success with paperless mailings and lots of other amazing progress to date for GreenStar and its glimmering future.

Find more information on the upcoming Meat Referendum and Council Candidates here or check out the Member Center boards at both stores.

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