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
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 01:45
By Alexis Alexander,
The goal of the Membership Corner this month is quite simple — to find out who among our member-owners is interested in providing input as Council works on developing a general vision and direction for GreenStar for the next five to ten years.
One of the exciting and truly satisfying aspects of being a GreenStar member-owner is the opportunity to have a say in the mission and goals of the cooperative. We're at a point in time when that opportunity is coming before the membership in a significant way. When Council passed Policy Governance as its new model of leadership structure in December of 2010, they committed not only to reviewing our current policies, but to conducting a thorough review of the Co-op's long-term vision, direction and desired outcomes for years to come.
As the governing board of GreenStar, it is Council's responsibility to set the vision, direction and outcomes of the Co-op for the years to come. As a cooperative, we naturally need that vision to reflect our cooperative values and principles, as well as the fact that we measure success using a "triple bottom line," which distinguishes us from traditional for-profit businesses. This triple bottom line includes not just our financial success, but also takes into account the social and environmental impact we want GreenStar to have on its member-owners, the community and the world.
Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:30
By Alexis Alexander,
If you've been thinking about volunteering at GreenStar, you couldn't pick a better time! We currently have a wide variety of in-store (discount-earning!) super-worker and member-worker opportunities available, and Council and GreenStar Community Projects are looking for meeting-minded (and discount-earning) volunteers.
Volunteering is an important Co-op tradition that provides member-owners the opportunity to become actively involved in supporting the Co-op's mission. It's a great way for us, as member-owners, to connect with one another while supporting the business that we mutually own and help govern. Volunteering also provides a great member-owner benefit, earning each participant a higher discount at the register.
Friday, 03 February 2012 21:10
By Alexis Alexander,
I can't thank our member-owners, customers and cashiers enough! When we first decided to do a One-Minute Activist letter asking Governor Cuomo to issue a permanent statewide ban on hydrofracking, we set our goal at 500 letters. To tell you the truth, I secretly asked myself, "I wonder if we could actually collect 1,000 letters?" I shouldn't have even questioned it! The passion of our membership and customer base where health and environmental matters are concerned was well evident. At final count, we sent Governor Cuomo a box, six inches deep, containing 1,170 signed letters!
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By Liz Karabinakis,
GSCP Program Coordinator
Farm fields and foodies flourish in the Finger Lakes, but the abundance of our region is not available to all. "Although Tompkins County is revered as an agriculturally rich region, unemployment and underemployment combined with rising food costs and other basic living expenses are causing our community to slip into food insecurity," says Liz Karabinakis, co-founder and Progra...