Dear SBN Members and Friends,
I hope you have had a chance to relax and enjoy our too-short New England summer. Take a look at the Green Tip of the Month and consider taking a greener vacation, the options that we've presented look fun and relaxing!
As we make monumental changes to our organization, we are filled with mixed emotions; While we celebrate all that our Managing Director Katrina Kazda has done to grow SBN, we simultaneously feel the pain of losing such an outstanding leader. The SBN Board is in the process of conducting an extensive search for a new Managing Director to take her place. If you know of any terrific candidates, please let us know! The SBN Board is also having a retreat this weekend, and there is much enthusiasm about all that we've accomplished in the past 12 months in addition to the meaningful objectives we're setting for the next year!
Even though many of us will be taking some time off over the next six weeks, SBN continues to build a strong sustainable economy in Massachusetts every day. We invite you to join us at one of the several activities that we are hosting, including our first ever ALLocal Social on August 20th! Read all of the details below.
Have a terrific end of summer,
|Managing Director Katrina Kazda leaves SBN after 3 great years!|
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we say goodbye to Managing Director Katrina Kazda. For nearly three years, Katrina has been instrumental as a leader in the Sustainable Business Network of MA. During this time, her strong leadership skills and dedication to our mission have made a major impact on our organization, including:
- Managed all of SBN's programs, resulting in terrific growth across the board
- Inspired and improved SBN's new Value Proposition, which helped expand our membership dramatically
- Initiated the expansion of SBN's overall reach and changed our name from "SBN of Greater Boston" to SBN of Massachusetts
- Led the Sustainable Business Leader Program to new heights of efficiency and success
- Spearheaded the new B2B Networking Group as part of SBN's Sustainability Leadership Exchange Program
- Envisioned and coordinated the new collaborative office space for SBN and allied other local organizations to join
- Assembled a dynamic and hard-working staff to ensure a strong future for SBN
- Left an impressive legacy in the evolving movement that is SBN
In early August, Katrina and her husband, Kris, will be moving to New Haven, CT. We offer Katrina our deepest thanks for all that she has done for our movement and for her loving and compassionate way of being. She will be sorely missed.
SBN is now in a search for a new and dynamic Managing Director to lead our quickly-growing organization.
Please click HERE to view the full job description.
If you know someone who may be interested, please refer to the job description below. Send introduction letter and resumé to Taryn Johnson at
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Managing Director to direct SBN's daily operations and lead the growth and development of SBN and its core programs. The ideal candidate will be a passionate and motivated professional with experience in the following core areas: organization and program management, event planning, fundraising, and non-profit or business administration.
Visit idealist.org to see our full job listing, including qualifications.
Collaborative Office Space Available
Interested in joining SBN's collaborative office space? We're seeking a 4th tenant to share our space! We have a large private work space with an attached private office available for rent beginning August 1.
Located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. Our office is on the ground level of a non-profit building, just steps away from the red line T stop and close to dozens of lively local businesses! A metered parking lot is available directly across the street, as well as additional metered parking in the area. The collaborative office space provides a shared kitchen, conference area, second level conference room and both men's and women's bathrooms.
This opportunity won't last long!
|Top left: Large ground level office space with closet and private office attached (pictured above). |
Bottom left: Entrance to private office.
|SBN's First ALLocal Social on August 20th!
Unwind and socialize at SBN's First ALLocal Social...
On August 20th, SBN and Dillon's Restaurant & Bar will be hosting the first ever SBN ALLocal Social! The casual affair is a tasty occasion to feature farm to fork principles, highlight regional producers and promote sustainability. The event also showcases some of Boston's aspiring culinary talent; industry personality Chef 'Tbone' Talbot and Paul Bruno will be coaching a team of future chefs to craft an assortment of 'local bites'.
We invite you to unwind, socialize and sample a range of 100% locally sourced food as you mingle with Boston area chefs, friends, business leaders and community members from the Sustainable Business Network and beyond.
Each ticket purchase includes entrance, a complimentary beverage, hors d'oeuvres and offerings of local craft beers, wines, cocktails and will go towards supporting our organization.
Purchase your ticket now!
Ticket Price: $30.00 (Includes entrance, complimentary beverage and selection of local food and appetizers.)
Click here to purchase your tickets.
Come get social! It's sure to be an "Absolutely Local and Luscious" time!
Solar Lunch and Learn Event:
Thursday, July 25th with SOLECT Energy Development
New SBN Members SOLECT Energy Development will be hosting a Solar Lunch and Learn Event this Thursday, July 25th from 12 to 1 PM at New England Resins & Pigments in Woburn. At this exciting event, you'll learn how and why two local businesses decided to go solar.
New England Resins & Pigments and NuPath, both on New Boston Street in Woburn, will be celebrating the ribbon cutting of their new solar arrays. Both companies are saving thousands of dollars per year in electricity costs and benefitting from the strong incentives available now in Massachusetts!
You'll have the chance to hear from them about their experience as well as from local dignitaries while having lunch on them!
Contact: Alex Keally
Solect Energy Development, LLC
SBN's 6th B2B Networking Group Meeting will be moved to Tuesday, August 27th!
Change of Date: Join us next month
for SBN's 6th B2B Networking Group Meeting! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the SBN Office (located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive).
We're looking for sponsors to donate food or drinks for the next event! If you're interested in sponsoring refreshments, please let us know!
For more information or questions, contact Taryn Johnson at email@example.com or call 617-395-0250.
See you in August!
Boston Local Food Festival 2013 Update!
We already have 33 approved vendors scheduled to participate in the festival, which includes our latest additions Slow Food Boston, Flour Bakery + Cafe, and Red Fire Farm!
We are very excited to welcome each of them to New England's largest one-day farmer's market. We would also like to thank sponsors Boston Organics, City Feed and Supply, Harvest Co-op Market, Save that Stuff, The Longfellow Club, and Yelp for their contributions to the 2013 festival!
With our tagline of "Healthy Local Food for All", the festival will connect Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home for a 4th successful year. With the help of our 120+ volunteers and Save That Stuff, we aim to make the festival a zero waste event once again, diverting 91% of our trash from the landfill.
If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer this year, please contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out!
The BLFF Blog has also begun posting about the festival, so check out the work of our 20+ professional food bloggers from the Boston community here to get the latest about all the great local businesses involved and what they are doing for the community!
A big thank you to all of our registered 2013 vendors. Vendor spots are limited this year, so if you have something local to share with New England and Boston, learn more about becoming a vendor here, or connect with our vendor coordinator Jessica at email@example.com.
More details to follow in our Boston Local Food Newsletter. Not signed up for Boston Local Food updates? You can sign up here today.
|Annual Local Craft Brewfest on October 12th! |
We're thrilled to announce that our 4th Annual Local Craft Brewfest will be held from 3:00pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse again!
Please join us on the Harbor Park, where the City meets the sea, on the Boston waterfront in Fort Point, Boston. Come learn, explore, socialize, and network with craft brewers, distillers, ciders, meaderies, artisan beverage brews and local food producers. While celebrating local brews, you can savor live music by local musicians at this lovefest and enjoy one of Boston's most best harbor views.
The Brewfest is affiliated to the 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival and will not only showcase local craft brewers, but also highlight, celebrate and promote tastings that made locally. More than 50 tastings and local food bites will be featured and included with the ticket.
This event will be a great opportunity to meet brewers, distilleries, artisan beverages and local eateries that are as passionate about local food as you are!
Contact Nicola Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
SBN New & Returning Member Announcement
SBN's network is growing in leaps and bounds! A big welcome to our newest SBN Members:
Pure Pest Management: Pure Pest Management sources their products from plant extracts and natural oils, which gives them the ability to combat against mosquitoes and ticks in a capacity that is safe for the environment, families, pets and future generations.
Berkshire Natural Healthy Vending
: Providing healthy vending machines in Boston, MA and across New England. They are brand-new, dual zone vending machines that are leading the industry in energy efficiency. Berkshire Naturals's vending machines are made from 40% recycled materials and use only 5.7 kWh of electricity per day.
Locally: Locally.co is an online resource connecting consumers to local food.
Welcome back to renewing SBN Members:
The Nature Conservancy
: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Blue Selenium Solar: Blue Selenium Solar designs, installs, and services high quality, high performance solar power systems that are budget-friendly and help meet energy savings goals.
Tel-Affinity Corp.: Tel-Affinity Corp. is an independent telecommunications and data communications sales consulting firm specializing in helping businesses control costs and optimize service levels. They're committed to ensuring that customers have access to the best possible telecommunications/data communications products and services to meet their business needs and budgetary constraints.
Recycled Paper Printing: Recycled Paper Printing is a mailing and printing services company which only prints on recycled papers. They are the nation's oldest printing company using exclusively recycled paper.
Save That Stuff: Save That Stuff is a leading waste management company that serves over two thousand New England businesses and institutions to safely and efficiently get rid of paper recyclables and a wide variety of other recoverable scrap materials.
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!
Announcing our newest Sustainable Business and Community Leader Program Partnerships & Participants!
July has been a busy month for the SBLP Team. Our team met with multiple businesses, which are all in different stages of the certification and re-certification process. This has led to an exciting month of discussion and learning! SBLP is motivated to continue to move forward with The Dedham Exchange, and we hope to continue to develop the relationship with the Town of Dedham.
Team SBLP had the initial kick-off meeting with The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) this month. The Cambridge School of Weston is the first school to enroll in the Sustainable Community Leader Program (SCLP). CSW is an innovative and collaborative high school, and seeks to build young adults who are thoughtful, creative and socially responsible.
We are thrilled to announce Patch Realty Group as the newest SBLP Participant. Patch is located in Roslindale and has already taken many steps towards being a leader of sustainability for realty agents. They're hoping to increase their efforts to take their business to the next level. Patch and Team SBLP are evaluating the possibility of installing solar panels to take Patch Realty Group off the grid!
|Cambridge Local First Birthday Party|
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate
Cambridge Local First's 8th Birthday Party on July 10th at founder Laury Hammel's home in Harvard Square.
A great time was had by all, with a big potluck dinner, plenty of wine sponsored by Harvest Co-op Market and delicious ice cream from the famous Toscanini's!
|Councillor Leland Cheung presents a Proclamation from the City of Cambridge acknowledging CLF's eight years of success and growth. Accepting on behalf of Cambridge Local First are founding members, Rachael Solem, Laury Hammel and Frank Kramer|
SBN's Green Tip of the Month: Sustainable Getaways!
Bon voyage! Summer is a popular time to travel, whether in search for a spot to cool off or just to relax; but traveling can take a significant environmental (and financial) toll.
This month, we have put together a travel guide of popular New England vacation destinations and suggestions for simple ways to green your trip. Each destination has a list of tips in the following focus areas: transportation, food, activities and lodging. Mix and match these tips to make your own personal green vacation!
First, follow this sustainable vacation general checklist:
- Can you take a train or bus instead of driving or flying?
- Are there small, local and independent businesses where you can shop?
- For meals, can you eat locally sourced food?
- Are there fun activities that you can do that aren't harmful to the environment?
- Is your hotel a member of the Green Hotels Association or listed under green lodging on websites such as bnbscape.com or greenlodgingnews.com?
The Cape & Islands
Transportation: Ever been stuck in traffic on the way to the cape? There are ways to get there without driving your car that are more sustainable. This location is easily accessed by train and bus, so search for the best ways to use the Cape Flyer Train and various buses that go to the cape! Once you're there, local transportation options include biking, taking shuttles and buses, walking and more!
Food: When it comes to food our general advice when looking for good restaurants is to choose a small, local business. You will be supporting the local economy, and if you buy seafood from within New England you're doing the Earth a favor as well! Interested in fine dining while on vacation? Check these locally sourced restaurants on the Cape:
● Provincetown - Tinys, 336 Commercial St., 508.487.6237
● Cotuit - Regatta of Cotuit, 4631 Falmouth Rd., 508.428.5715
● Mashpee - Bleu Restaurant, 10 Market St., 508-539-7907
● Sandwich - The Belfry Inne and Bistro, 149 Main St. 508-888-3622
Activities: As for activities throughout the Cape? The Cape is very diverse and each town has their own niche activities to participate in. The easiest way to make those activities more sustainable is to go outside to enjoy hiking or biking! Trying to beat the heat? Enjoy local tourist attractions like museums!
Lodging: Where you stay can have a big impact on the environment, too. Here are some eco-friendly options to consider for your vacation on the Cape:
- Chez Sven Bed & Breakfast: 2118 Old Kings HWY, Wellfleet, MA 02667. This B&B uses non-toxic cleaning products, has allergen-free rooms, 100% organic cotton sheets, an energy efficient laundry system, and recycles plastics, bottles, and cardboard. No smoking/no pets.
- Provincetown Inn: One Commercial Street Provincetown, MA 02657. 508/487-9500. Provincetown Inn has committed itself to a comprehensive recycling program, invested in water and energy efficient equipment and fixtures, and trains its staff to be environmentally conscious. The Provincetown Shuttle offers service to the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, as well as downtown stops at a nominal charge.
- The Island Inn on Martha's Vineyard: Heading to Martha's Vineyard? This inn is close to many great locations including beaches, golf courses, sailing, shopping, scenic tours, entertainment and historic Edgartown. Take the ferry to get there, and then rent bikes or mopeds from the inn! Located in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. 800/462-0269, 508/693-2002.
Transportation: Boston can be a quick getaway destination if you live outside of town. By going into Boston, you can save time on traveling and spend more time exploring! Taking a train into the city will save you money on parking, and reduce the carbon emissions you would create while sitting in traffic in and around the city. Coming from Western Mass? Take a bus! Being green can save you time and money.
While in the city, bikes, walking, and pedicabs are all convenient forms of transportation.
Food & Activities: Food and activities can also get green with some of our SBN Members. Here is our list!
Food: 3 Scoops, The Blue Glass Cafe, Cambridge Brewing Co., Dancing Deer Bakery, Granary Tavern,Hearth Artisan Bread and Taza Chocolate.
Activities: Boston Duck Tours and the New England Aquarium
Lodging: looking for environmentally-friendly lodging? Check out this green hotel guide from Boston Green Tourism!
Want more options? Be sure to check out City Dining Cards
! They provide travelers with great dining deals around the city!
North Conway, NH
Transportation: North Conway is very family friendly! Fortunately, getting to this area is easy to reach by bus, when you get there you are dropped off right in the historic downtown.
Food: There are plenty of local options in the area! Here are a few:
- Stairway Café: 2649 White Mountain Hwy., N. Conway, NH 03860, 603 - 356 - 5200. Family owned, family friendly, and a fresh, local menu makes this place an ideal choice for breakfast, brunch, or lunch!
- Moat Mountain Smokehouse: 3378 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860, 603-356-6381. A family-owned brew pub, restaurant and inn that serves ales and lagers that are brewed on-site with fresh mountain water!
- Flatbread Pizza Co. North Conway: 2760 White Mountain Hwy, Eastern Slope Inn, North Conway, NH 03860, 603-356-4470. Located adjacent to the Eastern Slop Inn, this sustainable restaurant serves delicious pizza and salads that are always made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.
Activities: Some of its most popular tourist destinations are the downtown district, Mt. Cranmore, Conway Scenic Railroad, Story Land and the Saco River. One way to find more sustainable activities in this area is to appreciate nature's beauty. Here is a list of suggestions on how to enjoy the natural beauty of the area:
1. Kayaking, tubing or canoeing on the Saco River
2. Visit Echo Lake State Park
3. Climb around at Monkey Trunks aerial adventure park!
Find more adventures at the Official North Conway NH Area Guide.
Lodging: There are plenty of small, independently owned hotels within the area! We suggest the Cabernet Inn for couples and Cranmore Mountain Lodge for families (including your dog!). Visit the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce's website for more details.
Heading to Maine? Check out this list of eco-friendly hotels that participate in Maine's Green Lodging Certification Program!