Friday, 30 November 2012 13:44
By Kristie Snyder,
2012 brought some big changes to the Co-op, and no doubt 2013 will see more. Before we look ahead, though, let's look back at some of our accomplishments over the past year.
In 2012, Co-op members spoke out against fracking with 1,170 letters on the topic delivered to Governor Cuomo. We started an Ombuds Program to help those with GreenStar-related concerns get help.
We celebrated 12 Days of Earth Day, and we honored Earth Day throughout the year by increasing the amount of our electricity supplied by renewables and by coming up with additional ways to reduce our waste.
We worked even harder to support diversity and inclusion in our staff and customer base, and we reached out to support Food Justice in the community as a whole. We donated thousands of dollars to local and nationwide organizations, and we sent representatives from GreenStar (sometimes dressed as giant bananas!) to dozens of community events and gatherings. We invited the community to join us for member meetings, special concerts, ice-cream socials, and our annual Kids' Halloween Party.
We supported local farmers and producers in our community by carrying their products and assisting in other ways, and we supported Local First Ithaca in its efforts to promote local Ithaca businesses and build a vibrant local economy.
We promoted local artists in Oasis and provided a showplace for child artists in our West-End store.
All of our hard work paid off in community recognition in September, when we were named the "Best Green Business" in the Ithaca Times' annual "Best of Ithaca" issue.
Our Council continued the hard work necessary to implement a Policy Governance system this year.
And last, but certainly not least, our softball team, the GreenStar Naturals, reclaimed its championship status in August.