New SBN Logo
SBN Newsletter  

August, 2011 

In This Issue
News from the Boston Local Food Festival
10th ALLocal Dinner
CLF Turns 6!
SBLP Continue's to Grow
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Small Organization Roundtables
HBSAB Case Study Night
Cambridge Local Economy Week
Moving New England
Be Healthy Boston
Brewing the American Dream

Dear SBN Members and Friends, 


I hope you have enjoyed the summer months and found some time to relax.  The SBN staff and board have been busy working to build a strong local economy that is green and fair.   This past weekend the SBN Team was at the GreenFest held at City Hall.  It was well-attended and is another manifestation of our growing movement to build a sustainable world.
SBN is in the process of developing several exciting new partnerships and programs that will move our work forward in a more rapid and expansive manner.  Some of these partnerships are featured below and we'll be featuring more of them in future newsletters.
The articles below give you a taste of the good things that are going on in the Boston area including the celebration of Cambridge Local First's sixth birthday and our most recent ALLocal Dinner.  The main message of this newsletter however, is to remind you to attend and bring your friends to the Second Boston Local Food Festival on October 1, 2011!  In 2010 this trailblazing event attracted over 30,000 people and this year's Festival is shaping up to be even larger with an expanded space and more farms, restaurants, and other local vendors.
Don't miss out on the opportunity for good food and good fun and experience first hand the impact SBN is having on the greater Boston community.
I hope to see you there! I'll be the one on roller blades sporting my General's helmet.   


Sustainably yours,  

Laury Hammel
Executive Director
News from the Boston Local Food Festival

SBN's Boston Local Food program has been busy planning for the second annual Boston Local Food Festival to be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at Fort Point Channel. This year, we are excited to welcome back many of the favorite vendors and exhibitors from last year as well as plenty of new ones. Boston Local Food is all about growing a sustainable local food system with a goal to provide healthy local food for all. The 2011 festival will be a great opportunity to learn about local food options, support our local independent businesses and celebrate with people who are doing great work. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the summer and the day of the festival. Join the local food movement and volunteer! You can sign up on our website. We are looking forward to seeing you at this year's festival!

10th ALLocal Dinner at Sel de la Terre



Sel de la Terre's contemporary and clean feel  provides  an atmosphere comforting and welcoming to all. The clean, rustic decor transcends the atmosphere and the food. The staff was welcoming and the cocktails thoughtfully included fun local spirits, like Berkshire Mountain Distillers "Ethereal" gin, handcrafted in the Berkshires.  

Diners were graced with course by course descriptions from new Chef de Cuisine, Franco Carubia. After a few years as sous chef at sister restaurant L'Espalier, Franco has taken reins at Sel de la Terre Back Bay. Franco discussed his own commitment to local and sustainable cuisine as he told diners about Apple Street Farm in Essex, Massachusetts. Apple Street Farm is a venture of Chef/Proprietor Frank McClelland where he raises chickens and grows organic fruits and vegetables which supplies the kitchen. "It's any chef's dream to have fresh eggs and this quality of produce coming in to the kitchen daily," said Franco.


To read the entire article please click here. 

Cambridge Local First Turns 6! 


CLF logo Cambridge Local First officially turned 6 years old this July. They had about 60 people including several new member businesses at their birthday celebration. It was a fantastic party with a potluck spread that had some great dishes including desserts from First Printer Restaurant, salads from Season to Taste Catering, a chocolate cake from John Schall of Fire + Ice, and other wonderful treats.

Here's to many more wonderful years for Cambridge Local First!   

CLF turns 6
Cambridge City Councilors Sam Seidel and Leland Cheung, Tim Rowe (Cambridge Innovation Center) and Lee Joseph (CLF Steering Committee Member) at the celebration.

Participation in SBN's Sustainable Business Leader Program Continues to Grow While Getting Noticed Around the Globe    


SBLP Montage
Examples of some of the great things that SBLP companies are doing. For more pictures click here!

Since our last report in SBN's June newsletter, the SBLP has continued to attract new businesses and organizations to its green business certification program. As such, we are pleased to welcome First Parish In Cambridge, Mama & Me, and Point Plus Realty to the program.  Additionally, we would like to congratulate Equity Office on successfully completing the program and earning Sustainable Business Leader certification!  Local businesses continue to raise the bar for the sustainable business movement.


As you may recall, the SBLP's overall image recently underwent a major overhaul, including the redesign of its logo, website, program brochure, and more.  Along with the many visible improvements have come a great deal of internal programmatic enhancements and means of tracking overall SBLP progress and success.  One such example is the recent addition of Google Analytics for the purposes of tracking SBLP website performance.  Through the tracking of website activity we have become aware of both the domestic and, perhaps even more interestingly, international interest in the program.  During the month of June 2011, the SBLP's website welcomed more than 900 visitors from 39 countries/territories, with 87% of inbound traffic coming from inside the U.S. (80% of which was from Massachusetts) and the remaining 13% coming from international users.  With the exception of Antarctica, every continent in the world hosted SBLP website visitors during the month of June alone!  Some of the countries represented include Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa, Morocco, Ireland, the U.K., Sweden, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, and many more! SBLP has even received requests from as far as Vietnam and South Africa to replicate the program!   We just thought this was too cool not to share!


SBLP New Logo Do you have a favorite local business that you would like to see become 'greener'?  Do you know of a green business that you feel should be formally recognized for their sustainability efforts? Please let us know!

For more information on the SBLP please visit: 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Corporate sponsorships are an important and growing piece of SBN funding. SBN would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions and support for the Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP) and the Worcester Sustainable Business Leader Program (WSBLP).  


Absolute Green Energy Corporation:  

Based out of Worcester, MA, Absolute Green Energy Corporation focuses on providing cost effective energy saving solutions and renewable energy systems (solar electric (PV) and solar water heating systems) for industrial, commercial, and residential applications. They conduct free site assessments, and implement an Energy Audit before proceeding with the system designs for their clients. The company partners with local contractors for the installation process empowering the local economy.  


Arrow Paper Corporation:

Based in Wilmington, Massachusetts Arrow Paper Corporation has served customers in the New England area for over 50 years. Arrow Paper Corp. prides itself on its outstanding product quality, sales team and highest level support and service. Arrow Paper has been a great resource for companies looking to use compostables and re-think their packaging.   


Digital Credit Union (DCU)

Digital Federal Credit Union, better known as DCU, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by and operated for their members. Headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, DCU is the largest credit union in New England as measured by assets and is among the top 25 nationwide. DCU serves more than 330,000 members and their families in all 50 states.


Littlefoot Energy:    

LittleFoot Energy Corporation is a Massachusetts based company founded with the mission of helping companies and building owners prioritize, monetize, fund, and implement a broad range of energy projects that reduce dependency on fossil fuels, increase the bottom line, and position for a strengthened competitive future. LittleFoot Energy specializes in heating, cooling and electricity projects that combine energy efficiency measures with renewable energy sources - creating hybrid systems that save energy and reduce carbon footprint.


Rough Mountain: 

Rough Mountain Studios, is a visionary documentary film production company, working with a wide variety of clients to enhance communication strategies, convey vital information, and ignite momentum toward organizational goals. Community engagement and social action are critical to Rough Mountain Studios creative work and business.  


ThinkLite LLC :

ThinkLite LLC is a Massachusetts based green lighting firm that specializes in commercial lighting. Through their unique pay through your savings model, the company strives to help individuals adopt green technology in their everyday lives by eliminating the risk and initial costs associated with such upgrades. In doing so ThinkLite helps their customers mitigate their impact on the environment by reducing energy consumption and mercury pollution all while saving money.


Sponsors of SBN and it's programs receive significant value in return for their support including exposure to a large and growing network of conscious consumers, business owners, and movement leaders. In keeping with its mission, SBN and its programs only accept sponsorships from locally owned and independent companies. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of SBN and/or one of its programs please contact: Katrina Kazda, SBN Membership Director at

Register for SBN's Small Organization Roundtables  

Small org roundtablesDon't miss this unique opportunity to connect with and learn from like minded business owners and entrepreneurs who share a passion for sustainable business. The SBN Roundtables are groups of up to 8-10 members who want to grow both personally and professionally while helping support their fellow members with their own challenges in a safe and trusting environment of peers.

Spots are limited, for more information and details on how to participate please click here

HBSAB Case Study Night with Three Small Green Companies 


The Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB) along with the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and the HBS Green Business Alumni Association (GBAA) is hosting a Case Study Night with Three Small Green Companies 


Hear from three exciting CEOs and Founders:  

  • Alex Whitmore, Co-founder & Managing Director of Taza Chocolate, stone ground organic chocolate
  • Chris van Vleck, President of West Falmouth Energy, Inc., fire logs and cooking briquettes for the heating and outdoor cooking markets
  • Luke Hinkle, President of My Generation Energy, solar energy installation

Hear the stories of how their companies got started, how they are succeeding in today's competitive environment and where they go from here.  


Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  

Location: Harvard Business School (Room TBD)  

For more information and to register please click here.

Cambridge Celebrates Local Economy Week for the Second Year!


On CLF logoMay 16, 2011 Councilor Cheung presented a resolution that was unanimously passed by the City Council. For a second year, it established Cambridge as a Local Economy Community. It called for all departments in the City government to support the growth of the Cambridge economy and proclaimed the week of September 26th - October 2nd, 2011 as Cambridge Local Economy Week.   


By taking a public stand and backing it up with action led by the Cambridge Local Economy Task Force, Cambridge is leading the local economy movement.  Beyond making a public statement of the City's commitment to the local economy, this trailblazing resolution is accomplishing the following:   

  • Increased opportunities for municipal procurement from locally owned and independent businesses.
  • Ensured locally owned independent banks were encouraged to bid for municipal banking services.
  • Supported the efforts of the School Committee to increase the percentage of locally grown and produced food served to our children.
  • Emphasized the importance of buying local and promoting a Local Economy Week with signage and other means.
  • Continued to consider policies that directly support the growth of locally owned and independent businesses in Cambridge...
Stay tuned for the exciting events that Cambridge Local First has planned for the week!
Moving New England

moving new englandOn Sept 24, 2011, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event - Moving Planet- calling for our elected leaders, businesses and communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels.  Come on bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation!  Come with your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one big and beautiful statement:


We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable future for our children and our planet.


SBN and partner organization Somerville Local First are supporting the event and invite all SBN members and friends to join us in showing our support for Moving New England. For more information please or to join SBN and SLF in the parade of solutions click here.

SBN memBe Healthy Logober Be Healthy Boston is putting together a two day urban wellness retreat, right in the heart of Boston! Meant to educate, inspire and empower members of Boston and surrounding communities to live and maintain healthy lifestyles, Be Healthy Boston promises to be a unique experience in a unique environment. The event will offer a wide variety of seminars, workshops and demonstrations, access to local health and wellness vendors and service providers and tasty local treats!  

For more information & to register please visit: 

ACCION USA and Sam Adams: Brewing the American Dream   


Accion logoACCION USA and Sam Adams have partnered to help food, beverage and hospitality small business owners in New England with the tools they need to help their businesses succeed. As a part of their Brewing the American Dream program, they offer business loans up to $25,000 to small business owners. Through their financial and business education seminars and speed coaching events the Boston Beer Company and ACCION USA give top-line guidance, answer questions and help solve small business challenges. For more information please click here.