On Thursday December 8, at SBN’s 2016 Winter Gala Five Businesses will Receive Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Awards! SBN will be presenting the Second Annual Sustainable Business of the Year awards to recognize the commitment of businesses to building a more sustainable local economy.
SBN is pleased to announce the following award recipients:
Large Business | MA
Eastern Bank’s mission is to reduce their environmental impact by working cooperatively with all stakeholders to promote best practices, sponsoring and participating in educational outreach concerning environmental issues and continually developing and executing environmentally sustainable practices, products and services. Eastern Bank provides sustainable employee benefits including discounted MBTA passes, preferred parking for carpools, green dry cleaning and provides CSA shares at their operations center. Eastern Bank was the first bank to participate in SBN’s Sustainable Business Leader Program and their 152,000 square foot headquarters is the largest certified building to date.
Mid-Size Business | Western Massachusetts
River Valley Co-op’s (RVC) mission is to support local farmers and provide the community with “fresh, local, and organically grown foods.” RVC does business with over 200 local farms and over 240 local vendors and have increased their local wholesale purchasing to $5.4 million since they opened in 2008. In 2015 RVC underwent building renovations and improved the buildings energy efficiency. RVC rewards customers that bike to the store and bring their own reusable bags!
Small Business | Western Massachusetts
Pedal People Cooperative is a worker-owned, human-powered delivery and hauling service in the Northampton area. Pedal People hauls and delivers using bicycles and trailers emitting zero waste from transportation. Additionally, the co-op is 100% worker-owned, mandates a maximum 2:1 pay ratio between the highest and lowest paid employee owners and receives the Living Wage Certification every year.
Mid-Size Business | Eastern Massachusetts
Red’s Best’s mission is to support the livelihoods of American fisherman while sustaining fisheries for harvest. Sourcing from over 1,000 New England boats, Red’s Best emphasizes the use of underutilized species, the expansion of local fisherfolk markets, especially in low-income communities, and the reduction of pressure on the local ocean ecosystem. Red’s Best is reducing the environmental burden caused by importing fish by sourcing locally. Red’s Best is dedicated to educating consumers on seasonality of fish and the benefits of local buying and fishing regulations.
Allandale Farm’s mission is to grow the best vegetables using the cleanest, safest methods while preserving a farm located on the Jamaica Plain/Brookline border and is the last for-proft farm in Boston or Brookline. Allandale contributes time and profits to local community initiatives and nurtures many local food start ups through their retail store. They are also a member of the Commonwealth Quality Program which “identifies locally sourced products that are grown, harvested and processed right here in Massachusetts using practices that are safe, sustainable and don’t harm the environment.”
The Winter Gala will also feature silent and live auctions hosted by WBUR’s Robin Young, live music from 2Birds Band of Berklee College, a catered dinner from Basil Tree Catering, local beverages and networking with others committed to creating a local, green and fair economy.
Tickets are $75.00 and discounts are available for SBN members, students and groups. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.sbnmass.org!