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



The Seven Cooperative Principles: Part 2

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 13:20

By Alexis Alexander,
Membership Manager

This month we’ll complete our review of the seven Cooperative Principles. These principles are central to the operations of co-ops worldwide, and help highlight the difference between values-driven cooperatives and profit-driven corporations.

Principle #4: Autonomy & Independence. Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations that enter into agreements with other organizations in ways that maintain the co-op’s independence and democratic control by the members.

Read more: The Seven Cooperative Principles: Part 2


GreenStar Membership-More Than Just a Discount!

Friday, 03 September 2010 15:04

By Alexis Alexander,
Membership Manager

September seems an appropriate time to remind ourselves exactly what it means to be a member-owner of GreenStar. September is when our community experiences a significant influx of new college students who are eager to become part of the Ithaca community. Many may think that GreenStar is just another grocery store. But as GreenStar member-owners, we know our two stores are much more than that. So what can we say to new folks in town (or anyone for that matter) who aren’t aware of what GreenStar really is?

First and foremost, as a cooperative, GreenStar is a member-owned, self-governing organization that exists for the benefit of its member-owners. This means that every person who becomes a member of GreenStar is actually a part-owner of the Co-op. Simply stated, the benefit that GreenStar provides its member-owners is access to wholesome, natural food and quality products at the lowest practical price. We do this in a way that exercises ecological responsibility, fair treatment of employees, promotion of local farmers and products, and good community stewardship. We also operate in a way that keeps our resources and profits in the local community.

Read more: GreenStar Membership-More Than Just a Discount!

The Membership Corner: Exciting Changes for our Member Labor Program

Thursday, 01 July 2010 21:23

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

Starting in July, we are changing our Member Labor application process. This new process will more clearly communicate to members the specific volunteer opportunities that exist at a given moment of time. Rather than filling out an application for a possible volunteer opportunity in the future, you can indicate your interest in a specific position that is currently available. No more waiting lists, no more wondering if there are any positions available!

Specifically, available opportunities will be posted on a regular basis at the Member Centers at both the West-End and Oasis stores, as well as on the website. The postings will indicate the position, the department and the day and time of the shift. If you are interested in a specific position, you can fill out a “Member Labor Request Form” at the Member Center or electronically from our website. We will call members in the order we receive the requests. Once the position is filled, we will inform all remaining members who expressed interest in the position that the position was filled. The only positions that will still require an application are Council committee seats for members at-large, since Council needs more detailed information for the placement process.

Read more: The Membership Corner: Exciting Changes for our Member Labor Program


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    GreenLeaf Editor

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