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



 

 

Live from the Co-op Parking Lot ­— Radio London!

Friday, 02 May 2014 15:28

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

While April showers bring May flowers most anywhere, here in Ithaca flowers aren't the only things that blossom in May. As every dance lover knows, May is the month when the outdoor music and dance scene reawakens and the rich bounty of local talent pours into the streets and parks throughout the region. What better place for GreenStar member-owners to kick off this incredible season than in our own parking lot!

GreenStar's Springtime Dance Party in the Parking Lot is scheduled this year for Thursday, May 22. To celebrate the event's fifth anniversary in superlative fashion, we're inviting back the band that kicked off our very first dance party. That's right! Our area's own British invasion — Radio London — is returning with its magical vintage Sixties sound, filled with sizzling instrumentals and outstanding harmonies. It's just what the doctor ordered to get ourselves in the groove for an amazing summertime of dance and music after the long, harsh winter!

Join your fellow GreenStar member-owners and friends in the parking lot of the West-End store at 5:30 pm for two hours of superb, free local music by one of the area's best dance bands. Everyone is welcome!

Read more: Live from the Co-op Parking Lot ­— Radio London!

 

Celebrate Democracy at our Annual Spring Meeting!

Friday, 04 April 2014 02:38

Enjoy Music, Dinner, and Dessert while Hearing from Council Candidates and Co-op Management on the State of the Stores

By Alexis Alexander, 

Membership Manager

2014-spring-meeting-buttonAh, Spring! A time of new beginnings. What better way to celebrate than to gather in our new, beautiful Community Room at The Space @ GreenStar. On Friday, April 25, Council is hosting our Annual Spring Member Meeting beginning at 5:30 pm. We're all excited about offering our member-owners an amazing setting for the meeting. Our Deli and Bakery will provide a scrumptious array of food and desserts, all prepared in our new central kitchen.

The Membership Committee is currently making plans to bring our member-owners an informative and enjoyable meeting, with time to socialize in our new digs. During the social hour, Gabe Banford will entertain us with a mix of classical, jazz, and improv keyboard instrumentals. The meeting will commence with a performance by NY Youth Against Fracking. Following the social hour, any kids in attendance will be able to enjoy various activities and dessert in our new Classrooms @ GreenStar, a space that provides ample place for children to play, do artwork, or simply hang out with room to spare! A Quiet Room is also available for parents with infants who need to leave the meeting temporarily to take care of their child's needs. For the adults, dessert will be served following the meeting, providing everyone with more time to socialize and speak with Council Members.

Read more: Celebrate Democracy at our Annual Spring Meeting!

9,000+ Member-Owners and Going Strong!

Friday, 28 February 2014 15:58

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

ExpansionThis week our General Manager, Brandon Kane, and I submitted the annual Membership report to Council. What fabulous news we had to share! Our growing membership is a strong sign that our cooperative values and corresponding emphasis on a triple bottom line — people and planet, as well as profit — resonate with an increasing number of individuals in our community. The report also reveals that our effort to increase healthy food access to lower-income individuals and families is meeting with success.

In 2013, we issued 1,758 new memberships. While this number was down slightly from 2012, we were expecting a decline due to a renewal policy implemented last June. The new policy allows those with expired memberships to simply reactivate their membership with a single renewal payment rather than forfeiting their old membership and starting a new one. Many people did just that.

August, with the large influx of students returning to town, continues to be the month with the highest number of new memberships — 241 in 2013. This figure reflects the outreach efforts GreenStar has undertaken at the area colleges, in addition to the growing involvement of younger people in economic and environmental sustainability initiatives.

Read more: 9,000+ Member-Owners and Going Strong!

 

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