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SBN Newsletter  

March, 2013  

In This Issue
Boston Local Food Festival Fundraiser!
Successful ALLocal Dinner at Granary Tavern
B2B Networking Meeting
Community Capital Workshop with Michael Shuman
Buy Local Trade Show
Date Announced: Sustainability Leadership Summit
Annual BALLE Business Conference
Hyper Local Craft Brewfest
SBN Member Announcement
SBN Member Spotlight
SBLP Updates
Welcome JP Local First
SBN On Tour
Green Tip of the Month
Dear SBN members and friends,

WOW, is the word that immediately comes to mind when I read this newsletter. These interesting stories make it clear that SBN is on the move and growing the local, green, and fair economy in a multiplicity of ways.  

I want to draw your attention to our Fourth Boston Local Food Festival. As you may know, this is a free festival open to everyone, and it attracts people from every neighborhood in Boston as well as people from many towns in Massachusetts and across New England. Our slogan is "Healthy, Local Food for All!"

SBN has initiated a CrowdFunding campaign that encourages those who enjoy and support this wonderful Festival to donate a small (or large) amount of money to help ensure the financial sustainability of the Festival. This campaign is a way of raising needed funds which enable the Festival to continue to be open for all without charging admission. Please make a donation today and send it around to others you know who are committed to building a strong and vibrant local food system. 

And finally, we're proud to announce that Judy Wicks will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Summit on May 10. Judy is an icon in the Local Economy movement and co-founded, (with yours truly) the national organization the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). She is a terrific speaker and I promise you that you'll not want to miss her presentation.  She'll also be doing a signing for her book that has just been released--a must-read for people in the Local Economy movement.  

Sustainably yours,

Help bring back the Boston Local Food Festival in 2013! 


SBN invites you to support the


In the next 25 days, our goal is to raise $20,000 in order to bring back 
the festival for its fourth year!


SBN is proud to announce the launch of our online crowdfunding effort to raise $20,000 in support of the 2013 Boston Local Food Festival. By March 31st, we hope to raise enough money to bring the festival back to Boston for its fourth consecutive year of celebrating locally grown and sustainably produced food from across New England. 


Grounded on our mission of local, green and fair, SBN and the Boston Local Food Program are proud to support a local business,, in partnership with our fundraising efforts. As a privately held company based in Boston, the site allows supporters to make online donations on a unique platform. 


To continue our mission, we rely on the support of the local community and friends like you. This year, more than ever, we need your help to bring back the festival in 2013!

If you believe in the values of local, green and fair, and you're passionate about local and sustainable food, help us fund another year of the nation's largest authentically local & sustainable food festival!


The Boston Local Food Festival, which will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2013 on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, is a free, annual event that brings together farmers, specialty producers, chefs, retailers, non-profits and exhibitors in celebration of the importance of local and sustainable food to our health, the environment and our economy. Our unique outdoor festival is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year and offset 100% of our energy use! Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge.


Together, let's increase the accessibility and availability of healthy, local food for all! 

We are currently accepting vendor applications for this year's festival. 
To become a vendor, apply here


To make a contribution to the Boston Local Food Festival Fundraiser, visit:


Like us on Facebook Join our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Thank you for your support. Every donation brings us one step closer to achieving our goal.

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Terrific success at ALLocal Dinner with Granary Tavern

featuring Cisco Brewers and Chef Keenan Langlois


Chef Keenan Langlois making preparations for the ALLocal Dinner.


On Tuesday, February 26th, SBN hosted its 14th installment of the ALLocal Dinner series at Granary Tavern with nearly 50 guests in attendance. 


Granary Tavern's ALLocal Dinner featured a three-course 100% locally sourced tasting prepared by Chef Keenan Langlois, along with suggested local beer, wine and spirits from Cisco Brewers in Nantucket, MA. Their signature spirits included Triple 8 Vanilla, Cranberry (made with cranberries grown on Nantucket Island) or Blueberry vodka, a delightful Pinot Gris and Cisco Whale's Tale Ale. 


Consulting Chef and Restaurant Developer, Travis Talbot said, "As a Food Revolution Ambassador, these are just the kind of initiatives that we strive to promote and participate in. I have had the opportunity to be a part of a number of undertakings along these lines and without hesitation, I would say that the SBN ALLocal Dinner was one of the most sincere, on point and professional events that I have been witness to. It was a well though out, well promoted and extremely well executed."


The first course was an Apple and Parsnip Salad with mixed lettuces, Westfield Farms Chevre and Cider Vinaigrette. Chef Keenan wanted to highlight the incredible local salt from Cape Cod Salt Works in his vinaigrette, and the dish was described by blogger, BosGuy as "tangy" and "fresh." 


The second course was an option of Grilled Archer Angus Hanger Steak with hollandaise or Grilled Oyster Mushrooms (v), both served with crispy root vegetable frites. Chef Keenan had originally planned to use portobello mushrooms, but couldn't find them locally. Although it was challenging, he found oyster mushrooms that fit the ALLocal criteria.
"Our ALLocal Dinner was a great success thanks to SBN, the purveyors and friends that we made during our research for some amazing sustainable products from New England," said Chef Keenan.  

As the finale, diners had an option of Baked Alaska with Ben's Sugar Shack Maple Syrup Ice cream, or Apple Cider sorbet and local candied cranberries (v). Both desserts were sweet and light, and most guests nearly licked their plates clean.


Restaurant Manager Nikki Kenneally said, "Since the ALLocal Dinner, we have only received positive feedback on everything from SBN's marketing and organization to Chef Keenan's amazing menu and the added bonus of having Cisco Brewers involved as well. The connections we made before and during this dinner are something that will benefit us all for some time to come!"


Talbot agreed, saying, "It was a terrific dinner and has definitely been beneficial in terms of exposure for our restaurant and in generating new business."


Perhaps the best testament to the ALLocal Dinner can be summed up by blogger, Allison Jenkins of Cleanse Your Plate. Jenkins said, "These events are held by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, which until recently I had never heard of before. These events are, in a (hyphenated) word, life-changing."


Visit these featured blogs to read more about the event and learn about the local products used in our dinner:

Chef Keenan Langlois and Travis Talbot of Glynn Hospitality Group


All photography by new SBN Member, Robert Terry. 
For more photographs from the event, visit:

Making Progress with SBN's New B2B Networking Program


As a result of a "Call to Action" facilitated by board members Susan Labandibar and Mordie Weintraub at the 2012 SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit, SBN recently launched its new Business-to-Business Networking Program (B2B). 


The B2B program was designed to provide a forum for local and independent business owners, entrepreneurs and community organizations to exchange ideas, collaborate and do business together.


The first two meetings have been a great success by all measures. Business participants have reported an average of five new potential business partners and nearly 100% of participants returned for a second meeting. 



Please save the date for our next
B2B Networking Meeting on March 26th and stay tuned for more details. 
The B2B is a program of SBN's Leadership Exchange Program.



March 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.



The United for a Fair Economy & Responsible Wealth Office
1 Milk St, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Located close to the corner of Washington & Milk St, across from the Old South Meeting House. 
Public Transportation: closest to State St and Downtown Crossing T stations, as well as Park St.
Parking: Parking is available at metered spots on the street as well as in several nearby parking garages. 
To register for this month's B2B contact Juan Sanchez at:, or (617) 395-0250
Michael Shuman Workshop
Community Capital Workshop with Michael Shuman Results in Concrete Actions to "Move our Money"


America's capital markets are broken, argued Michael Shuman, author of "Local Dollars, Local Sense" in yesterday's groundbreaking workshop Cutting Edge Tools for Investing in New England: A Workshop on How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street-- the result of a Sustainability Leadership Summit Action Plan led by David Warner, Julia Shanks and Laury Hammel.  If we could fix these markets, at least $15 trillion could transfer from Wall Street to Main Street, or about $50,000 per person. 


Across the country, Shuman pointed out, creative individuals, businesses, and communities have been pioneering new tools to facilitate local investment, including special bank CDs, new generation cooperatives, pre-sales, Peer to Peer internet lending, revolving loan funds, "slow muni's,"self-directed IRAs, crowdfunding and more.  


After learning about each of these new tools in detail, participants broke out into small groups around Calls to Action, similar to SBN's Open Space Technology forum at the Sustainability Leadership Summit, to develop concrete plans to transform our local financial system and build local community capital.  Action Plans included:

  • Creation of online resource pages for local investors looking for local investment opportunities and for businesses looking for local investment
  • A survey of local banks and credit unions and their business lending practices
  • Creation of new targeted bank CD's (like Equal Exchange) providing secure lines of credit  
  • Meeting with City of Boston leaders about moving their money and sharing success stories from across the country. 
  • Creating local investment opportunity networks, "LION's", through SBN, Slow Money and the Local First Networks
Community Capital Workshop  
Groups will be reporting on the status of their projects at SBN's Sustainability Leadership Summit on May 10th and expect to have made major progress by the end of the summer. 
A big thank you to Michael Shuman for his inspiring and practical presentation, to 
Interise for sponsoring the event, to Slow Money Boston for their support in planning the event, and to the local leaders who attending and made the event such a success. 
Wish you could have attended or want to learn more?  Check our Michael Shuman's most recent book Local Dollars, Local Sense

Still Time to Register for SBN's 2nd Buy Local Trade Show! 



 Registration Open for SBN's 2013 Buy Local Food Trade Show & Seminar

March 19, 2013

Time: 7:30am-12:30pm

Location: Seaport World Trade Center

SBN is excited to announce its second Buy Local Food Trade Show and Seminar at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. This event is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate trade between local buyers and sellers of specialty crop food products and includes expert panels on overcoming barriers to selling and buying local products and open floor trading. This event is organized by SBN in partnership with Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). SBN Buy Local Trade Show space is sponsored by Seaport World Trade Center and the Trade Show is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown). 


SBN's first Buy Local Trade Show, held in 2010, was well attended and resulted in Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, among others, developing important new relationships with local food producers and farmers. 
A recap of the event is highlighted here.

This year's SBN Buy Local Trade Show and Seminar will attract:
  • Massachusetts and New England-based specialty and non-specialty crop growers, fishermen, and value-added producers who are looking to connect to buyers
  • Massachusetts and New England-based buyers including college and healthcare institutions, restaurants, retail grocers and more
  • Exhibitors that support or do business with food growers, producers or buyers

There are several vendor spots still available for local specialty crop producers. The event is FREE for farmers and specialty food producers. We are also looking for restaurants and schools, business and health institutions who are interested in purchasing more local food.

To register and learn more, check out SBN's Boston Local Food website HERE 
or e-mail/call Jessica Boynton at, (603-465-8255).
Save the Date: May 10, 2013--2nd Annual SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit & 24th Annual Sustainable Business Conference
SBN Leadership Summit  

On May 10, 2013, local and sustainable economy leaders from across New England will gather at Umass Boston for SBN's 2nd annual Sustainability Leadership Summit and 24th annual Sustainable Business Conference.  


An invitation only event, SBN's Sustainability Leadership Summit is a dynamic and interactive one-day gathering that brings together many of New England's most successful entrepreneurs, community organizers, government officials, local funders, nonprofit leaders, and academics. The intention of the Summit is to not only strengthen and connect local business leaders and networks but to result in concrete actions that build our local economy.
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SBN is thrilled to announce Keynote Speaker, Judy Wicks, Co-Founder of BALLE,Founder of SBN Philadelphia, Founder of White Dog Cafe--a sustainable eatery in Philadelphia, and author of the new book Good Morning, Beautiful Business!  Judy's incredible work and passion will inspire and set the stage for an unforgettable day of relationship building and action plan development that will change the world. 
Last year's summit resulted in the creation of over 20 Action Plans to build a local, green and fair economy and we are thrilled to report that many of these actions have been or are in the process of being implemented and are making a difference. We will report back on these success stories at this year's Summit and create new plans to move us forward in 2013.  

Look out for your personal invitation coming out next week or see instructions on applying HERE

Join SBN at BALLE Be a Localist Conference 2013 

Be A Localist

June 11-14, 2013, Buffalo, New York


The Annual BALLE Business Conference is a unique immersion experience that provides an insiders view of what it's like to live in a thriving local economy. In addition to attracting hundreds of local leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, economic and community development professionals, investors, funders and philanthropists, as well as pioneering policymakers - you will be given an all access pass to Localists who are redefining economic success, businesses that are thriving thanks to values-based principles, and funders who are dedicated to scaling this movement.


Each year we host interactive sessions, tours of local thriving communities, and collaborate with peers and national leaders to elevate emerging innovations, share strategies for local investing, and learn proven, practical tools to be more successful.


Read all about the 2012 Leadership Conference here

Announcing 2nd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest--June, 2013



Brewers are rolling in already for SBN's 2nd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest! A major annual fundraiser for SBN Boston Local Food Program, Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest highlights and promotes local brewers, vintners , artisan beverage makers, home brewers, and local food vendors. 
The Brewfest not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients! Examples in the past have included brews made with Taza Chocolate, local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters! A recap on Hyper-Local 2012 can be found: here.

New This Year- Hyper-Local Home-Brew Showcase!
New this year, for the Friday evening session, SBN will launch our first Hyper-Local Home-Brew Showcase, highlighting locally made home brews made with local ingredients. It is a chance for aspiring brewers to experiment and try what is available in the New England region for making their products. Attendees and a Brew panel with vote for their favorites in a number of categories. More details about the Hyper-Local Home-Brew Showcase is forthcoming.

Save the date, tickets go on sale early March! For more information or to get involved, check out our Hyper-Local webpage HERE, email Mi Li at, or call the Craft Brewfest Team at 617-395-7680.

SBN New & Returning Member Announcement   

SBN Proud Member Seal


SBN's network is growing in leaps and bounds! A big welcome to our newest SBN Members:


A Better CityOne of the region's most influential planning, research, and project-based membership organizations working to advance transportation, land development/open space and environmental initiatives. 


Backyard Veggie Garden: A full-service vegetable garden company serving Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.  Helping design and install vegetables gardens and provide necessary support to achieve a bountiful harvest. 


BeCause Water: A grassroots social movement aimed at solving the water crisis.  Our mission is to educate, create water efficient communities, and empower individuals to engage in local and global activism.


City Sprouts: "Local food delivered to you." Online purchasing and neighborhood delivery of organic produce, grass-fed beef, locally roasted coffee, artisanal breads, cheeses and much more.   


deCordova Museum: 35-acre sculpture park and museum features a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations. 


Eating with the Ecosystem: Non-profit organization promoting a place-based approach to sustainable seafood.  Hosts expert speakers at six feature restaurants throughout the year to celebrate local seafood and educate attendees on eating with the ecosystem.    


Harvard Square Business Association:Established in 1910 to advance the commercial, industrial, and public interests of Harvard Square.


Honest Foods: Start-up food delivery service focusing on providing children and adults with great-tasting nutritious food in a fun, engaging and sustainable way. They operate in the Cambridge/ Boston area and deliver your order to your pre-school, office or home. (Website coming soon!)


Interise:Nonprofit organization helping entrepreneurs hone their management skills and make the right connections through hands on education and training programs.


i-STARTUP : Helping people, products and services, organizations, and communities reach their full potential through hands-on coaching, consultation and entrepreneurial support services. 


Leaf:Cambridge based tech company, offering an innovative mobile point-of-sale system and an intuitive business management platform.


Merida Meridian: A leading provider of sustainably made contemporary rugs, headquartered in Boston.  Uses rapidly renewable materials such as abaca, seagrass, jute, paper, sisal and wool.


NitWits:Boston'spremiere lice and nitpicking removal treatment salon and service utilizing all natural, pesticide-free, lice treatment products.


Responsible Wealth/United for a Fair Economy: A network of business leaders, investors, and inheritors in the richest five percent of wealth and/or income in the U.S. who speak out for progressive taxes and greater corporate accountability.


Robert Terry PhotographyPhotographer specializing in portrait, travel, landscape and still photography.


The Nature ConservancyThe leading national conservation organization working to protect over 23,000 acres of crucial natural resources in Massachusetts.


Wonder Women of Boston: Open community of ambitious, accomplished women in the greater Boston area. Offer networking events, neighborhood meet-ups, workshops and dialogues hosted by local practitioners in a variety of fields.


Welcome back to renewing SBN Members:


Basil Tree Catering: Drop off gourmet and natural catering service and local café serving high quality food with an environmental and social conscience.


Boston Building Resources: A consumer co-op and reuse center selling new and used environmentally friendly products for home maintenance and improvements.


Boston Duck ToursPrivately owned company that operates historical tours of the city of Boston using World War II replica amphibious vehicles.


Costa Fruit and Produce:Local produce and value added products distribution companyoffering a complete line of fresh fruits and produce, dairy, vegetables and other grocery items to a wide range of foodservice customers.


Crown Uniform & Linen: A leading provider of uniform programs and commercial linen services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Connecticut.  Weekly pick-up & delivery, computerized inventory tracking, expert laundering, and professional pressing & repairs.


Dancing Deer Bakery: A mail order bakery specializing in all natural, Kosher cookies, cakes and brownies. Baked from scratch with no artificial preservatives.


Equal Exchange: Worker-owned food co-op based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Partnering with co-operatives of farmers who provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates, bananas, olive oil, and almonds.


Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc.:A transportation consulting company that provides planning, engineering, and public involvement services to public and private clients.


Nella Pasta: Fresh hand-made pasta using only what's in season, picked fresh and grown with organic practices.


Progressive Asset Management:Financial services company providing socially and environmentally responsible investment strategies.  Offering full range of investment services for individuals, organizations, families and institutions.


Rainbow Solutions:  Offering financial and investment consulting services to assist individuals, organizations and businesses in moving towards greater social and environmental responsibility.


Roxbury Technology: An ink toner cartridge remanufacturer based in Hyde Park. Roxbury collects and refurbishes commercial toner cartridges for resale.


Solex Payroll: Next generation payroll approach for companies of all sizes. Eliminating the payroll and tax headache for our busy business friends while providing excellent customer service and great rates.


Somerville Sustainable Cleaning:Providing outstanding sustainable janitorial services in and around Boston using only Green Seal, EcoLogo or EPA DFE certified chemicals.


Spencer Organ Company: Organ maintenance and restoration firm with an emphasis on electro-pneumatic organs and components.


ThinkLite, LLC.: A global lighting efficiency company dedicated to helping businesses and governments go green without having to incur the upfront costs and difficulties.


XL Hybrids: A transformative energy company selling a cost-effective, aftermarket hybrid electric system to commercial fleets. 


Thank you all for your partnership and commitment to building a Massachusetts economy that is Local, Green and Fair! 


Remember: Think Members First!

What better way to support the local economy and each other than to support SBN members who share your values and commitment to the principals of Local, Green and Fair.  SBN is working on new programs to encourage and support greater B2B exchange within the network.  Stay tuned for ways to get engaged!   
SBN Member Spotlight with Somerville Sustainable Cleaning 
Interview with Marc Silva

Somerville Sustainable Cleaning


Somerville Sustainable Cleaning is a locally owned cleaning company that offers a variety of services to meet customers' every cleaning need. All services are in accordance with Green Seal. 


Check them out at!


Why did your company join SBN?

"My brother and I joined SBN because we feel that it is a vehicle to achieve some of the change that we feel is necessary, is needed, at this time," Silva said. He also stated that joining SBN helped his business "find other companies interested in diminishing the overall carbon footprint," adding that SBN is "an organization that is most reflective of Somerville Sustainable Cleaning's personal ideals."  


Silva said his company was founded as an environmentally and socially conscious and sustainable entity that helps deliver a necessary product-one that people can now attain with the peace of mind that services will be delivered sustainably.


Why do you feel sustainability is important?

Silva joked that he is only 36, and he's trying to keep the planet in one piece before he turns 80. Becoming more serious, he touched on the individual moral responsibilities each person has for creating a reasonable and sustainable place for future generations to live in. To Silva, sustainability is important because it gives new hope for the future.


What does your business do to contribute to the sustainable economy and what is your biggest challenge in doing so?

Silva's company works to "change the way industry operates, the way consumers view the service, and the way suppliers conduct business."  Cleaning is an industry that does a tremendous amount of damage to the environment and Somerville Sustainable Cleaning is working to change that. Silva's greatest challenge in business is to accomplish all three facets listed above at the same time, while ensuring that the change "is long-lasting and essentially permanent and has a meaningful impact" on industry and the environment.


Silva reached out to other members of SBN, saying he understands "it can be a struggle for today's business owners to succeed" and be sustainable, but "collectively we are on the right path," and cooperatively change is possible soon. 

Announcing our newest Certified Sustainable Business Leaders and New Program Participants

SBN's Sustainable Business and Community Leader Programs SBLP / SCLP have been full of activity in the last few months. The SBN team has been busy engaging with several community groups to bring both programs to more businesses and organizations across Massachusetts and now New England!


We welcome our new SBLP and SCLP participants; DeCordova Museum, Crown Uniform and Linen (Nashua, NH, Boston plant certified by SBLP in 2012), Mei Mei Street Kitchen and Tasting Counter a new farm to table, zero-waste concept restaurant coming to Boston.  All these businesses have made an important commitment to sustainability and will be undertaking exciting and money-saving sustainable changes across the programs 7 key categories to improve their triple bottom line. We also welcome back Roxbury Technology, Trillium Asset Management, and Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates for furthering their commitment to environmentally sound business practices by undertaking the SBLP re-certification process.


A big round of applause to our newest Certified Sustainable Business Leader Street Car Wine and Beer and Re-Certified Sustainable Business Leader OMBE- Integrative Health Center


Streetcar Wine & Beer  






If you know a local and independent business or organization that want to improve its environmental performance and save money in the process, please contact Juan Sanchez at or call (617) 396-0250. 

JP Local First is Founded on Valentine's Day 

 Welcome Jamaica Plain Local First Network!
A lively group of 26 business and community leaders from the Jamaica Plain (JP) neighborhood of Boston gathered on Valentines Day to found JP Local First.  Being avowed lovers of all things local, it was more than appropriate for these folks to take the next step in supporting locally owned and independent businesses in JP on Valentines Day!  

Business owners in JP have been organizing and promoting local businesses for the past few years.   As momentum in the community began to grow, David Warner of City Feed and Supply and Peter Brown of Red Sun Press joined together to take the lead in taking the local economy movement in JP to the next level.  They have been fortunate to have had excellent support from the Main Streets program and in particular Egleston Square Main Streets Director, Betsy Cowan.  

JP Local First is now firming up its Steering Committee and officers, creating it's web site, and choosing its logo! We'll  keep you updated as this exciting new organization progresses. 
SBN On Tour: Roxbury Technology and Teddie Peanut Butter

Roxbury Technology 

Last month, SBN on Tour visited Roxbury Technology, a toner cartridge remanufacturer based in Hyde Park. Roxbury Technology fulfills a very specific need within the realm of sustainable manufacturing. The company collects used ink toner cartridges (primarily from commercial laser printers and office settings), cleans them, refills them, and repackages them for resale. 


In doing so, they prevent non-biodegradable metal and plastic from entering our waste stream, conserve energy and resources used to manufacture brand new cartridges, and create green jobs that drive the local economy. Roxbury Tech's CEO, Beth Williams, fully understands the notion of the "triple bottom line."


During SBN's tour, Williams shared with us the importance of Roxbury Tech's social mission, as well as their environmental objectives.  While Roxbury Technology is responsible for keeping 50,000 cartridges out of our landfills and conserving 80% of the energy required to manufacture brand new cartridges, they also realize the social and economic potential behind this environmental initiative. Roxbury Tech primarily employs low-income community members of minority descent and ex-gang members, providing them the chance to support themselves financially, gain structure and develop work ethic and valuable skill sets. 


"I believe everyone deserves a second chance," Williams says. "We give a product a second life.  People deserve that too, and we're changing lives that way."


To learn more about Roxbury Technology and their initiative, please visit their website at

Teddie Peanut Butter


On January 24th, eight SBN members received an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Teddie Peanut Butter led by Executive Vice President Mark Hintlian. 


Teddie Peanut Butter, presenting sponsor of the 2012 Boston Local Food Festival, has been producing top quality all-natural peanut butter using 100% U.S grown peanuts for over 100 years--right here in Everett, Massachusetts! 


The tour featured a detailed overview of the companies history, including how Teddie Peanut Butter got it's name, and a tour of the award winning factory floor. 


To top off the excellent tour, all participants got to take home freshly roasted and ground peanut butter fresh off the line! 

green logo pngSBN's Green Tip of the Month: Thrift Shops!


Be a Responsible Consumer...and look stylish at the same time!


For this issue's Green Tip of the Month, we tapped the resources of the Harvard Sustainability Office...and boy do they have a lot of resources to chose from! 


According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, about 10% Americans' personal contributions to greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to material purchases.* Maybe in 2013 we can all make a resolution to spend that 10% a little more consciously? 


Thrift shops and second hand stores offer our material goods a second life; save us at least 50% on clothing, accessories, furniture and appliances; and provide us with unique, fun and fashionable wardrobes.  


Mythbuster: Thrift stores are NOT just for Halloween costumes and theme parties.  With a little patience you can source your entire closet with deals and steals.  You can find thrift stores closest to you using yelp or google maps, but here are a few SBN staff favorites:


Aside from reducing demand and buying used clothes, remember to also RECYCLE!


  • H&M now accepts clothes for recycling - any brand. Earn a $5 gift certificate towards an H&M purchase when you participate.
  • Drop off your old tennis shoes at Karma Yoga Studio near Harvard Square (shoe recycle bins are near the stairway) or Niketown on Newbury Street (shoe recycle bins are near the elevator).       


* Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living, Union of Concerned Scientists, p. 22,60,161.
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