Greenstar Cooperative Market 2017 • Community, Reusing, Meals, Networking, Solar

Greenstar Cooperative Market
Ithaca, NY


Community Donations Program

GreenStar supports local non-profit organizations, school groups, and events by providing donations that typically range from $15-$25.

Bring Your Own Bag – Use it for Good

Our BYOB program encourages our shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they are able to donate to the non-profit of their choice. Each quarter we select three local non-profits, which represent the categories of people, planet, and animals, to be recipients of this program. At the end of the quarter we make a donation to the groups based on the amount of tokens provided by our customers.

GSCP Community Meals Program

Step by step the voices of our community are supporting one another to solve food insecurity using the wisdom of the village. Share stories at a free meal run by community members, or host your own meal with our financial support!

Quarterly Local Food Networking Sessions

Some of the Community Meal participants inform this collaborative, hand-in-hand with non-profits, government agencies, schools & colleges, and local business partners, all of whom are deeply invested in shared outcomes. We focus on one food issue at each session. Free and open to everyone!

GreenStar Has Gone Solar!

On February 17, 2016 our 130-kW, remotely net-metered solar farm in Danby, NY went online. As the largest solar array owned by a food co-op in the U.S., the solar farm has distinguished GreenStar as a national leader in renewable energy and demonstrated our Co-op’s commitment to promoting the feasibility of renewable energy on a commercial level.

The ground-mounted system, which is expected to be productive for 35 to 40 years, consists of 426 Canadian Solar 305-watt panels, which cover about sixth-tenths of an acre, according to Melissa Kemp, Director of Commercial/Utility Solar Development at Renovus. The array is capable of generating 146,000 kWh of electricity per year – which offsets nearly half of the electricity used by our warehouse/Central Kitchen/Space building and 11 percent of the West-End’s total electric usage, lowering our utility costs immediately and completely paying itself off in ten years. As has been the case for years, we will continue to purchase renewable energy certificates to cover all additional power needs.