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SBN Newsletter  

December, 2013  

In This Issue
Local Craft Brewfest Success!
WBUR Fundraiser, 12/18!
Shift Your Shopping
Member Spotlight: Ace Creative
SBN Member Announcement
SBLP Updates
Post-Holiday Closet Swap
Donate to SBN!
Upcoming Events
Dear SBN Members and Friends, 


I see December as a time for reflection and giving thanks. I have been with SBN long enough to see the powerful impact that we have, not just as an individual organization, but through the work that our members and friends do. The sustainability movement is one that is constantly growing and changing, and I am continually amazed at the diversity of people and businesses that we work with. Having seen our collective success in 2013, I am hopeful and excited for what will come in 2014. 

I am also thankful for the work that each of you do. This is not a movement about individuals, but rather a movement about our communities and and our ability to work collaboratively. SBN works hard to foster a community of leaders working towards common goals, even if they are walking down different paths to get there. I am thankful for the passion and enthusiasm you demonstrate in your work.

To wrap up 2013 on a celebratory note, we are holding our 12th annual WBUR Fundraiser on December 18th. We see this event as a great way to spend time with our members and friends, as well as being an important component to our development and sustainability as an organization. We hope you will celebrate with us on December 18th at WBUR! 


Have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing you soon. 


Sustainably yours,

Sarah Lambertson
Managing Director, SBN
Spirits were high at the 4th Annual Local Craft Brewfest!
Photos by Tong Jiao, PENCIL ONE Photography
On November 22nd, the John J. Moakley Courthouse was buzzing with excitement as the Annual Local Craft Brewfest celebrated another huge success. With nearly 1000 local brew-fans and 85+ beer, distilled spirits, cider, mead and food tastings, the courthouse was packed to the brim!

The spirited event went off without a hitch on the brisk Friday night as guests explored the local brews that New England has to offer. Not only did our attendees and supporters help us create a fun event, but with your help, we were also able to raise critical funds for the SBN Boston Local Food program to keep the Boston Local Food Festival free. 
Photos by Tong Jiao, PENCIL ONE Photography
With the help of Save That Stuff, we were able in introduce composting to make the Brewfest was a zero waste event! As guests left warm and happy, each received a surprise token of appreciation for their support--the winter issue of Edible Boston Magazine to learn about more ways to eat and be local and tasting glasses from Samuel Adams to drink craft beer for many years to come. 

Special thanks to our 38 vendors, 40+ volunteers, and all our Brewfans who attended our event. And a special thank you to our sponsors BDCwireSave That StuffEdible BostonSamuel AdamsBGI InvestorsLongfellow Clubs and The Williams Agency for their generous support.
Photos by Tong Jiao, 
Photos by Tong Jiao, 
Photos by Tong Jiao, 

Don't Miss SBN's 12th Annual WBUR Holiday Fundraiser!
This December, don't miss our thrilling celebration of the Winter Solstice! At the greenest fundraiser of the year, you'll find a selection of drinks, enjoy 
delicious local food, and take part in our traditional live & silent auction! Check out a preview of the items below.
In addition, we'll be hosting the annual WBUR interview with award- 

winning journalist Robin Young

Robin will be interviewing her new Here & Now co-host, 

Jeremy Hobson.

(See pictures here from last year's event!)
December 18, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Third Floor
Boston, MA, 02215 

Special Preview!

Live & Silent Auction Items  


Signed Red Sox Memorabilia 
Details on this item will be revealed on the night of the event! 
(Trust us, you don't want to miss this one.)

2 Premium Celtics Tickets


2 Red Sox Tickets


Once-a-Week Share 

with Cuisine en Locale


Chocolate & Wine Baking Class 

with Sofra Bakery


New England Holiday Gift Box

by Eat Boutique!


Event Rental 

at The Longfellow Clubs


Best of Broadside: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine

(Including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan and more!)


Chocolate Walking Tour 

with Boston Chocolate Walking Tours


Farm-to-Table Stone Food Slab 

by American Stonecraft


BU Men's Hockey Tickets
Including dinner, parking pass & dessert!


4 Deliveries of Organic Boxes 

by Boston Organics


2 Grand Tasting Tickets to the Boston Wine Expo

by Seaport Boston


Plus many more fantastic items to come...!
We can't wait to host you for another exciting fundraising event! 
For any questions, please contact Sarah Lambertson at or call our office at (617) 395-0250.


If you are interested in donating an item to our Live or Silent Auction, please contact Sarah for additional details! 
Shift Your Shopping with Kevin Bacon!


Where you shop makes a huge difference! We're now in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and it's a great time to think about how the choices you make on where you spend your dollars can have a major impact on our local 

economy. SBN has joined with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) to take the lead in a nation-wide campaign to encourage people to Shift Your Shopping and keep 50% or more of your money circulating in the local economy.


This time of year is incredibly important for retailers across America. The National Retail Federation estimates that $602.1 billion will be spent on holiday shopping in 2013, a 3.9 percent increase from last year. This makes the holiday season a "make or break" time for many of your hometown retailers.


The Shift Your Shopping Campaign started in Cambridge and Somerville in 2009 and has grown to a national campaign that engages 160 business organizations and thousands of local businesses across the country. The campaign works to "build a tradition that strengthens local economies, expands employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun, and rewarding shopping experience."

Shift Your Shopping for Good Informercial - Featuring Melvin Macon
Shift Your Shopping for Good Informercial - Featuring Melvin Macon

Shift Your Shopping has seen dramatic growth this year and has moved to a new level of effectiveness and recognition. It has been endorsed by Kevin Bacon, and if you click this link you'll see a fun and humorous video of Kevin promoting buying local and shifting your shopping! It has already had over 170,000 views! 


If we all Shift Our Shopping to our local businesses, we'll have much less than Kevin Bacon's six degrees of separate between us! We encourage you to take a little extra time this holiday season and get to know your businesses and support them and your community by going local this holiday season. 

SBN Member Spotlight: Ace Creative  

Interview with Ashley Lazonick
Owner, Ace Creative

Ace Creative is a local full-service
graphic design firm specializing in design for education and nonprofits located at 13 Royall St. in Medford. Ace's significant work in sustainability has not only earned them SBLP certification, but also a Medford Business Green Award. 

Check them out at!

What attracted you to Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP)?

The Interise StreetWise MBA program really helped me look closely at where I wanted my business to go. I realized that my passion for graphic design was really to create designs for organizations that are doing work for good. One of my designers, who is very engaged in environmental activism, introduced me to SBN and SBLP. I wasn't sure where to begin, and I liked that SBLP had a really straightforward and practical approach to certification. 


The SBLP program seemed like a focused program that would guide me through the steps that needed to be taken to get my business going in a more socially conscious and sustainable direction. 
--Ashley Lazonick

Why do you feel sustainability is an important part of your business? Besides feeling good about what I create through my business, it's also important to me that my clients and community see that our goals are in alignment with theirs. We are in small office with a relatively low carbon footprint working away with very little paper waste on a few desktop computers.


How does sustainability play into the graphic design/printing industry? As graphic designers who specialize in both print and interactive design, we are aware of the great amount of paper waste and bi-products that our print work generates once a job goes

to press.


We also believe, however, that tactile design, printed on paper, still has a place today. I feel a responsibility to stay educated about best-practices for environmentally friendly printing including: understanding the benefits of recycled paper; sourcing paper from mills that use renewable energy sources; and using printers who use soy based and low VOC inks. 

We've stayed educated by really taking time to survey all of our vendors and ask questions about their sustainability practices.

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:


The Green Up Girl: With 25 years of experience and extensive training in managing web development and Internet marketing, the Green Up Girl and her team are also ready to help you "Green Up" your next event, including meetings, holiday parties, corporate picnics, board meetings, product launches receptions, etc.

New Entry Sustainable Farming ProjectNew Entry works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. NESFP's mission is to improve the local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. 

Welcome back to renewing SBN Members:  


Zevin Asset Management: The employee-owned firm was built in order to perpetuate the unique investment and social investing approaches pioneered by Robert Zevin over the last four decades. Their investment discussions integrate the disciplines of economics, politics, financial analysis, and sustainability, which is a key aspect in bringing together themes of sustainability with investing.


Interested in becoming a member? 


Take a look and see what you think! Feel free to reach out to Sarah with any questions regarding your individual, student or business membership!


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!   

Sustainable Business Leader Program Updates   


Join us in congratulating Mei Mei Restaurant, the newest certified Sustainable Business Leader!


Mei Mei enrolled in the SBLP during the planning and modeling stages of the restaurant, which allowed them to incorporate sustainability into the foundation of the space (literally). 


Highlights from the certification include: Use of reclaimed wood for all the counter and table tops; Pennies for the bathroom floor; A full and comprehensive composting and recycling program; Local food sourcing practices for all menu items; and LED lights throughout the restaurant.


Mei Mei is located at 506 Park Street, Boston, MA 02215. They are a family owned and operated run by three siblings who all share a passion for delicious and creative food. After much success with their Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck, the savvy food entrepreneurs wanted to expand to a sit down restaurant.  Mei Mei is open daily from 11am-10pm, serving a variety of delicious Chinese-America offerings for lunch and dinner.


Check out more information here:


The SBLP is in the process of re-certifying many local businesses. If you're interested in re-certifying, please contact Alex Barber at!

Save the Date! Post-Holiday "Closet Swap" 


Did you get some great new clothes for the holidays, but have no room to store them? Is there a dress that's been neglected in the back of your closet for months (even years!) that never gets worn? Do you want to do some shopping, feel great and help out a good cause?


No matter what the reason may be, join SFC Boston and SBN for a night of free pizza and closet swapping!


When: Sunday, January 12, 2013

Time: 6-8 PM

Where: Bella Luna, Jamaica Plain

Price: $15.00 Buy tickets here!


How does it work? Bring 5-10 gently worn and washed items that you no longer need or want (clothing, accessories or handbags). 


One piece = one tokenYou have the night to shop through other "pre-loved" items, have a drink and grab a bite to eat. 


Re-loved! You'll leave the event with "new-to-you" pieces, revitalizing your wardrobe without spending money on new clothes!


Questions? Email

Consider a Donation to SBN this Holiday Season!

SBN MA LogoWe are proud to say that on September 29, 2013 that SBN celebrated our 25th Anniversary! SBN has been taking the lead in promoting sustainable business practices and growing the local economy for a quarter of a century. We are looking forward to having an even bigger impact in the next 25 years and we invite you to help us create a sustainable economy that is local, green, and fair.  


We hope that 2013 was a great year for you and your business; it was certainly a terrific year for SBN. The SBN Board, staff, and our extended network saw many successes in 2013 and we have all of you to thank for this good work.  


SBN is aiming high and we need your support! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SBN before December 31st and join us in building a strong economy that is local, green, and fair. 



In 2014, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will:

  • Grow a network of like-minded businesses from a diverse range of industries
  • Connect community-based business leaders and entrepreneurs through the 25th SBN Conference/Summit, B2B Networking Meetings, and other interactive programs
  • Guide Local First networks in supporting the growth and development of local and independent businesses
  • Collaborate with companies and organizations that are raising the bar for business practices that are local, green, and fair 
  • Certify a wide range of businesses and community organizations as Sustainable Business Leaders, and help them reduce their impact on the environment

We hope you see the value SBN brings to your business and our community and local economy and that you'll join us at the Annual WBUR Fundraising Winter Solstice Party and make an end of year donation.  



With appreciation,

Your friends at SBN

Save the Date for SBN's Upcoming Events! 
Check out our Event Calendar for more event information & ticket purchases! Contact Taryn Johnson at to RSVP!
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