Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:31
By Kristie Snyder,
Remember back when GreenStar gave you a nickel for each reusable bag that you brought from home to use at the store? That concept is back... with a twist. Beginning April 11, for every bag that a shopper brings to reuse at the registers, he or she will be rewarded with not a nickel back, but the ability to donate that nickel to a local community organization.
Of course, if you don't remember to BYO-bag, we'll still have paper and reusable cloth bags at the registers for you. But if you do remember, you'll be given a wooden token for each bag used. On your way out of the store, pick one of three local non-profit organizations presented near the Customer Service desk, toss your tokens into the box, and your donations will be tallied up and made to each organization at the end of each month. (Fun trivia fact: the tokens are themselves reclaimed from the waste stream. They are unused seconds manufactured for businesses like bars, casinos, campaigns, various tourist traps, and who-knows-what else. Each one will be a surprise!)
According to Joe, the program is based on similar bag reuse/donation programs at other co-ops, such as the Port Townsend Food Co-op in Washington state and the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op in Corvallis, Oregon. "This is a great way to kick off our 12 Days of Earth Day," says Joe, "and we love being able to simultaneously look out for the Earth and take care of our local non-profits."
Sunday, 02 February 2014 15:54
By Kristie Snyder,
GreenStar's newest retail department managers, Anna Stratton and Adam Morris, were hired just before the Co-op's hectic holiday season — that is to say, in late summer. Especially in Wellness, that is when the Co-op's managers start gearing up for the fall and winter holiday shopping season.
"We start ordering products for the holidays in August, so I got thrown right into it," Anna explained. "We had a great holiday season. The customers were happy and so am I."
Anna and Adam are both long-time GreenStar employees. Adam was hired nine years ago as a Grocery Assistant Manager, and Anna started seven years ago, working in the Deli and as a Wellness staffer. Both originally came to Ithaca for educational pursuits — Anna to study at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Adam to attend Ithaca College.
They both love the Co-op's unique atmosphere. "GreenStar is a special little hub of Ithaca," Anna said. "We're part of the community — working here is almost like a community service." Adam noted, "I like the relaxed atmosphere — I couldn't wear a suit every day!"
Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:13
By 12th Moon, Council President,
Brandon Kane, General Manager
As we enter 2014, GreenStar is seeing the results of many years of work. These include an expansion of our facilities, growth in member education and services, and a completion of our Co-op's transition to our new governance structure, policy governance.
This wouldn't be possible if it weren't for an ongoing productive relationship between the Co-op's Council and staff. Not that we don't sometimes disagree, but we do so in a constructive manner that has allowed us to make significant, expeditious progress.
There are so many exciting plans for the Co-op in 2014! Let's start with the concept of the "Co-op Campus," now being developed for our West-End presence. The idea is that, by mid-2014, GreenStar will have a series of buildings on Fulton Street (Rt. 13 South), stretching from Court to Seneca, that will each provide a vital service to the Co-op and our community.
We begin with the northernmost side of our property, a former warehouse that has been known for the last few years as "The Space." The front 3,400 square feet of the building is in the final stages of renovation into a spacious, beautiful, affordable, and accessible Community Room for use by the Co-op and the community. We anticipate that this space will be rated for a capacity of over 200 people! As our city doesn't have enough affordable public gathering spaces to house all the exciting activity going on in our collective professional and personal lives, GreenStar wants this new Community Room to be the place where you host your commitment receptions or your organization's next gathering. Members will be able to preview this new space when the Co-op hosts the Winter Farmers Market for the third year in a row, starting Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 am. Look for details in the coming months on how this space will be made available for your own use.
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