Dear SBN Members and Friends,
As is clear from this newsletter, SBN has entered into a new phase of impact on our local and regional economy. SBN is connected and playing a leadership role in several inter-wowen networks that are helping build a strong economy that is local, green, and fair. The recent Sustainability Leadership Summit highlighted the growing influence of these networks. It was exciting to hear noted economist and author, Michael Shuman graphically explain the potential we have to transform the New England economy and what that would look like in 2020. He not only raised the bar for our vision for the next eight years, but he publicly stated his personal commitment to help make that vision a reality.
The Third Boston Local Food Festival will be expanded in every way at our new location on the Greenway and it was exhilerating and fun to have Mayor Menino help kick-off the 2013 Festival at the Greenway. And we couldn't be more happy about the success of our first SBN Hyper-Local Brewfest that was completely sold out --and more important, a good time was had by all. Who knew there were so many local brews that featured products home-grown in New England?
I also want to give a `shout out' to Adritha (Adi) Subbiah who after three years of extraordinary service will be leaving SBN to attend the London School of Economics. Her bright spirit and deep commitment to sustainability has been an inspiration to everyone and she will be sorely missed. Adi has established a legacy for our staff for what being `green to the bone', `local to the core', and `fair through and through!' really means. Best of luck Adi! Please check out the article below about other important staff changes.
We invite you to attend the Seventh Birthday Part of Cambridge Local First one of the nation's leading Local First networks that continues to take the lead in innovation and impact on our local economy, details below.
Executive Director, SBN
SBN Kicks-off the 3rd Boston Local Food Festival!
Mayor Thomas Menino officially kicked off SBN's 3rd annual Boston Local Food Festival on Thursday, June 28, 2012 on The Rose Kennedy Greenway. The kick-off showcased 6 of SBN's Members and festival partners: City Fresh Foods, City Growers, Katsiroubas Brothers Produce, batch® Ice Cream, Equal Exchange Cafe, and Boston Organics who offered free tasting to the public as a way to introduce the types of food and activities to expect at the festival on October 7th. All six businesses have been involved in Boston Local Food Festival since its launch in 2010. Katsiroubas Brothers Produce and Boston Organics are also sponsors of this years' festival.
"We are thrilled that Boston Local Food Festival will be on The Rose Kennedy Greenway this year," said Mayor Menino, "where residents can gather downtown and enjoy local food and support local businesses while enjoying the beautiful landscape our City offers."
|Mayor Thomas Menino Kicks-off the 3rd Annual Boston Local Food Festival|
Nancy Brennan, executive director of the Greenway Conservancy, thanked the mayor for his support and welcomed the Boston Local Food Festival to its new location.
The 3rd Annual Boston Local Food Festival will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2012 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf Area Parks from 11am-5pm. Click here for the article in boston.com
|SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit a Huge Success! |
|Summit participants hold up their 'Call to Action' during the Open Space session.|
SBN's 23rd annual conference on sustainable business took on a new and exciting format this year as the Sustainability Leadership Summit. Over a hundred leaders representing different sectors of the local economy converged at UMass Boston on June 7th, 2012 for a day of meaningful discussion and action.
The summit was kicked off by SBN Executive Director, Laury Hammel who welcomed summit participants and set the tone for the rest of the day. He was followed by Joe Grafton, Executive Director of Somerville Local First, who outlined the aim of the summit.
Cambridge City Councillor, Leland Cheung, an opening keynote, extolled the importance of educating elected officials about the power of local economies and sustainable business. State Treasurer Steve Grossman a big supporter of local businesses spoke about the importance of minority entrepreneurship and his efforts to build small business and banking partnerships in the state.
The afternoon keynote speaker Andrew Meyer, Founder of Vermont Soy kept the audience engaged as he described the vibrant local economy movement in Hartwick, VT. Closing keynote, Michael Shuman, author and economist, built the case for local businesses with facts and figures and concrete 'Calls to Action'.
A new and well received addition to the summit, the interactive and action-oriented Open Space Technology sessions had local business owners and community leaders coming together to brainstorm concrete actions to move Massachusetts and New England toward an economy based on the principles of local, green and fair. For a list of 'Calls to Action' shared at the Summit please click here.
|A breakout group discussing their 'Call to Action'.|
The day was filled with powerful breakout sessions, led by the following speakers -
- Building Strong Local Economies & Vibrant Communities through Local First Networks - Joe Grafton
- Growing the Green Economy - Beth Williams and Lynn Benander
- Transforming the Local Food System - Ted Rouse and JD Kemp
- Deepening the Local Ecosystem of Business to Business Relationships - Susan Labandibar
- Raising Capital for Localized Economic Development - Michael Shuman
SBN would like to thank the following Summit Sponsors: Insource Services, New England Wind Fund, Welsh Consulting and Zevin Asset Management.
A special thank you Basil Tree Catering for their mouthwatering ALLocal menu!
|Announcing the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts!
To reflect SBN's growing influence across the state and to better position the organization for future growth, the organizations name has been officially changed from Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston to Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. SBN's website is now www.SBNMass.org.
Over the past couple of years SBN's influence has increasingly been expanding outside of the Greater Boston region, with the launching of the Worcester Sustainable Business Leader Program and regional expansion of the SBLP, launching of the state wide Local Green Guide, development of the new Sustainability Leaderhip Summit conference format bringing together sustainable business and community leaders from across the state, and more. It was our feeling that the "Greater Boston" association was limiting our growth and was no longer an accurate representation of our mission or reach. The transition to SBN Massachusetts was a logical step towards our organizational goals of building economies that are local, green and fair throughout the state.
SBN would like to thank Lori Yarvis and the Archstone Law Group for their pro bono legal support in facilitating this change.
|SBN's 1st Hyper Local Craft Brew Tasting Receives Rave Reviews!|
With 35 vendors and over 800 Brew Fans, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts successfully held its first Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest at the Somerville Armory on June 16, 2012. The Brew Crew tees shared the day's mission: "Eat Local. Drink Local. Be Local."
This festival marked the first time that local breweries like Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC), Mystic Brewery, Notch, Peak Organic, Slumbrew, Samuel Adams, Rapscallion, and more got together to present their best collections of brews highlighting local ingredients. Local fine wines and cordials were also in attendance, represented by Zoll Cellars, Coastal Vineyards, Still River Winery, Turtle Creek Winery, Bantam Cider, Bug Hill Farm, and Farnum Hill Cider. There were brew-inspired local eats from Taza Chocolate, EH Chocolatier, Five Horses Tavern, Kick*ss Cupcakes, Valicenti Organico, Vermont Smoke and Cure, and Singh's Roti. The Brewfest also included a fantastic mead vendor - Moonlight Meadery, which one of our event reviewers referred to as "liquid gold."
Over 800 local brew enthusiasts attended SBN's Hyper Local Craft Brew at The Armory
Festival attendees were able to enjoy the musical stylings of The Moan and Sam Reid and the Riot Act. The whole event went splendidly and could not have happened without our awesome vendors that kindly donated their time and wares, and a great Brew Crew that made sure everything was just right! Look out for information on our next Brew Fest coming up at the Moakley Courthouse on the Boston Waterfront in Fort Point on October 5th from 6-9:30 pm, the Friday before the Boston Local Food Festival!
Updates from the Sustainable Business Leader Program
Welcome new program coordinator Juan Sanchez
The Sustainable Business Leader Program is very excited to welcome Juan Sanchez, new SBLP Program Coordinator to the SBN Team. Juan received his bachelor degree in Natural Resources Management from UNED University in Costa Rica and his Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Tufts University. Prior to joining SBN, Juan worked as a high school teacher both in Costa Rica and in the Boston Area for more than ten years where he focused on language and environmental education. He is interested in increasing sustainability awareness in diverse and underrepresented communities. You can reach Juan at: email@example.comNew SBLP Participants & Graduates:
SBLP is pleased to welcome its newest program participant Streetcar Wine & Beer
Jamaica Plain. Streetcar hosted its grand opening this past weekend and is excited to
kick-off their first retail season as sustainably as possible. Check them out at their shop at 488 Centre St, Boston, MA.
Congratulations to our newest program graduates 128 Business Council and Forklift Catering! 128 Business Council completed over 30 Sustainability Action Items to get certified including switching to reusable cups and mugs, cutting phantom load power by installing timer based power strips on all office appliances, and developing a voluntary carbon surcharge program (to be rolled out in 2013). Forklift Catering completed 37 sustainability action items to get certified including switching to green cleaners, implementing a creative alternative transportation rewards program for employees, increasing the percentage of locally sourced products in their menu and setting monthly goals for additional local product integration. It was a real pleasure working with and getting to know both Green Teams. We are so proud of them both for all of their great work and dedication. Congrats!
|Dennis Tourse, Co-owner and Chef , Foklift Catering with their new SBLP certificate.|
Congratulations as well to Tech Networks of Boston
, one of our earliest program
pioneers, for being re-certified this month as a Sustainable Business Leader. Tech
Networks is a leader in the green IT movement and is a major supporter of local and
international environmental initiatives. We are honored to be affiliated with this great
Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy Recap
On June 12 and 13th, SBN Managing Director Katrina Kazda represented SBN at the 1st ever Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council
(ASBC) in Washington, D.C.
On the first day, 125 ASBC members from across the country gathered at the White House to meet and dialogue with twenty nine senior administration officials representin a wide range of departments and agencies including; Cecilia Munoz, Director, Domestic Policy Council at the White House; Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, Kathleen Merrigan, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, and Greg Nelson, Chief of Staff for the National Economic Policy Council. The discussions covered technological and social innovation, taxes,health care, environment, small business, green buildings, manufacturing, green procurement, safer chemicals, and community economic development. On the second day, following a morning crash course on lobbying tactics, and ASBC visioning sessions, small groups travelled to Capitol Hill to "lobby" with house and senate representatives on sustainable business issues and policies relevant to their state/region.
|Cecilia Munoz addressing a panel at the Summit (left); Wind turbine on Capitol Hill.|
The main take-away for Katrina from the Business Summit was that administration
leaders are largely in support of sustainable business practices and policies and want to
support the growth of locally owned and independent sustainable businesses, but they do not often enough here from these groups. As a result they are beholden to the wishes of larger, more vocal (and usually unsustainable) companies who regularly lobby on capital hill to maintain business as usual. Administration official after administration official repeated: "we want to hear from you"! And so they will! Our greatest hope of creating deep and lasting change at the government level is to lead by example and regularly and loudly share our accomplishments and needs with the government. As Annie Leonard's latest "Story of Stuff" film suggests, as a society we have largely forgotten the power of our voices to drive change. We must find this voice again.
SBN is working to develop a policy and advocacy program that will address issues
of concern to locally owned and independent businesses, and to environmental
sustainability. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Katrina Kazda at:Katrina@sbnmass.org
SBN Staff Transitions
SBN has been blessed with an extraordinary group of staff members over the years. Change is the only constant in life and we have some updates on changes in the SBN staff:
- After three years of outstanding service and heart-felt work, Adritha (Adi) Subbiah will be leaving SBN to attend the London School of Economics in London. We're having a tough time saying goodbye for sure, and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.
- SBN is thrilled to announce that after two years of superior leadership and service to SBN, Katrina Kazda has accepted the position of Managing Director of SBN. While Laury remains the Executive Director, Katrina will be playing a major leadership role in the expansion and growth of SBN.
- SBN welcomes Juan Chelly, SBLP Program Coordinator who comes to us from a strong background and keen interest in sustainability. Juan will be focusing on moving SBN's Sustainable Business Leader Program forward!
- SBN is fortunate to have engaged Jessica Skinner as the Vendor Coordinator for the Boston Local Food Festival. She splits her time between the festival and as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the ReRootEd program at Seacoast Local.
- SBN welcomes a group of outstanding Program Associates who are working with us over the summer and making a big difference in SBN's work:
- Alex Barber, a senior at Skidmore College is providing support for the Sustainable Business Leader Program and promoting the Local Green Guide
- Patrick Connolly, a senior at Colgate University is providing support for the Sustainable Business Leader Program and the Boston Local Food festival
- Ray Soohoo, a Board Member at Boston Climate Action Network (BCAN) is providing support for the Sustainable Business Leader Program
- Amara Weiss, a sophomore at Colby College is working on building SBN Membership and supporting SBN events
SBN New Member Announcement |
A special welcome to our new members:
Emerson Media, a web design, graphic design and web development agency in Cambridge; Somerville Cleaning Company, a commercial janitorial and facility service provider in Somerville; City Dining Cards, creators of locally based coupon card decks. And welcome back to renewing member Red Sun Press, a coop printing and graphic design firm in Jamaica Plain. Thank you all for being a part of the SBN family!
SBN Member Profile: Spencer Organ Company
Spencer Organ is a locally owned pipe organ restoration and maintenance
company. For this June's member spotlight SBLP intern, Amara Weiss asked president Joseph Rotella a few questions about his membership to SBN as a local business owner, below is a short extract.
Proud employees of Spencer Organ Company with the solar panels that were installed on their roof.
Why do you feel sustainability is important?
"On a basic level, we're living on a finite planet, and as a society we need to begin to curtail resource usage," Rotella said. From the perspective of a small business owner actions may not change the world, but if "more people do it"(curtail resource usage and produce more sustainably) "and talk about it and rethink how they and their companies do business then we can affect some real change." Rotella concluded with a statement that sums up the views of many citizens concerned with the environmental safety of the future: "we'll either learn to make these changes as a society or face collapse."
To read the full article please visit the SBLP blog.
|Cambridge Local First 7th Birthday Celebration!
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Join Cambridge Local First friends, businesses, community partners, and supporters at they celebrate their 7th anniversary! With 320 active members, CLF has been an integral part of the local economy movement in Cambridge and continues to grow its membership and offerings. For more information on how to get involved or to join CLF, please visit: www.cambridgelocalfirst.org
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Where: 10 Hilliard St, Cambridge, MA
What to bring: Potluck
|SBN to Host Special Film Screening
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012, 7:30pm
As part of a national event, Boston is one of dozens of cities hosting screenings of the documentary of Fixing the Future, where host David Brancaccio (of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits people across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. Featuring communities using innovative approaches to create jobs and build sustainability, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in tough economic times.
Join us for an exclusive on-screen panel discussion after the movie, followed by tips from SBN on what YOU can do to fix the future in Boston!
Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Where: AMC Loews, Boston Common
For tickets & more info click here!
|Cooldown with Somerville Local First!
Thursday, July 26th, 2012, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Join Somerville Local First for their next networking event, The Summer-Ville Cool Down at Olde Magoun's Saloon.
Enjoy a two hour beer tasting with Berkshire Brewing Company and Notch Brewing, who will be sampling a selection of their fresh local ales. Accompanied by a delicious vegetarian-friendly menu provided by Magoun's.
SLF members and friends will be in attendance, as well as the new Executive Director!
Tickets are on sale now, proceeds go towards supporting SLF's efforts to advance sustainable communities in Somerville and make an impact locally and globally.
Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Where: Olde Magoun's Salon, 518 Medford St, Somerville
Tickets: Click here!
SBN's Green Tip of the Month:
Visit your Local Farmers Market!
|Click on the map above to find ag-related activities near you.|
With Summer now in full swing farmers markets all over Massachusetts
are bustling with activity. Grab your re-usable bag and head over to one closest to you to meet your farmer, and get some fresh, seasonal food!
Not only will you score the freshest seasonal produce, but shopping locally keeps more $$ in the local economy and you can rest easy knowing that your carrots didn't have to endure a gas guzzling cross country journey before making it on to your plate.
Click here for a list of what's in season now.