SBN News & Views

The Thrillist, 5/14/2014-

Summer is finally here, and The Thrillist made a great event calendar of things to do this summer in Boston, including the  Hyper-Local Food Festival brought to you by SBN! The article reads– ‘Somerville? More like SUMMERville! Right?! Head to the Armory and taste suds, ciders, meads, and artisan beverages crafted by New England brewers with local ingredients. Hungry? They’ll have home-spun goodies, too, from vendors like Valicenti Organico, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Taza Chocolate, and a whole lot more.’ Check out this link to find out more about the event!

New York Times, 1/8/2014-

As 2014 gets underway, The New York Times made a list of some of the most interesting events in the year ahead from around the world! SBN’s own Boston Local Food Festival made the list— “New England rules at the fifth annual Boston Local Food Festival (Sept. 14), the region’s biggest one-day farmers’ market and culinary showcase, held at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Tens of thousands have turned out for food trucks, celebrity chef demos and D.I.Y. booths on pickling and butchery. Given the geography, it’s no surprise that sustainable fish is a big focus, with a seafood cooking competition hosted by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.”

CBS Boston, 12/16/2013-

SBN’s Executive Director Laury Hammel was recognized by WBZ | CBS Boston in their article, “Three People Leading The Green Movement In Boston” as one of the three top leaders in Boston’s green movement. Laury, deemed “The Business Collaborator,” shares this honor with Mayor Tom Menino and Lori Popkewitz Alper, “The Social Media Spokeswoman,” of Groovy Green Livin.

_DSC8392.jpgBoston Herald, 3/10/2013-

Watertown-based technology company, ThinkLite, is replacing standard 1,000-watt metal halide bulbs at indoor sports clubs with The HammeLite— environmentally efficient light bulbs that “burn for 10 years, provide zero glare to the eyes and help players see tennis balls clearer when lobbed at high speeds.”

Named after SBN Executive Director and local tennis pro, Laury Hammel, “the HammeLite solution can help club owners and managers save 60 to 70 percent on their lighting and energy costs, which can run upwards of $600 a month, per court, at the average club,” according to the Boston Herald.


The Longfellow Clubs rank in the Top 5 of America’s Greenest Health Club by Coming in at #2, the article says The Longfellow Clubs have “pioneered a number of groundbreaking sustainability initiatives.” In addition to comprehensive recycling, water conservation and energy-efficient lighting programs, the clubs installed New England’s largest solar hot water system and a state-of-the-art salt-water purification system for the club’s swimming pools that eliminates the need for highly toxic chlorine.

Natural Awakenings Magazine: Boston, 3/2012-

Natural Awakenings Boston announces the Boston Local Food Festival Fundraiser in the March issue of their magazine.

Natural Awakenings Magazine: Boston, 12/2012-

In an article titled, “Sustainability is Good for Business, People and the Planet,” published in Natural Awakenings Magazine, SBN was highlighted as a pioneering grassroots organization in the sustainability economy movement., 11/13/12-

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In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Social Venture Network at the SVN Hall of Fame in New York, SBN Executive Director Laury Hammel was honored as an Economic Justice Maverick for his work in co-founding the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), alongside Judy Wicks. Magazine said, “The two have been champions of sustainable business for more than 30 years, and an exuberant Hammel made clear they had no plans to slow down. ‘It’s time to take a stand,’ he exhorted the cheering audience. ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do. Even though a lot of us are turning 65, we’re just getting started. Let’s go!'”

Video and highlights from the event can be seen here.


WERS Emerson Radio, 4/22/12- 

In honor of Earth Day, 2012, Alyssa Edes of 88.9 WERS Emerson Radio interviews SBN Executive Director Laury Hammel about greenwashing— a marketing strategy used by companies to appear environmentally friendly even when they’re not– and about what local companies can actually do to go green.