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August 2015 - In This Issue:
Upcoming Events

August 18 . 7pm - 9:30pm
SBN Summer Soiree
Harvard Sq. Cambridge

August 21 - 23 . 2pm-6pm
Boston Greenfest 
Boston City Hall Plaza

August 29
Hurricane Katrina: 10th Anniversary Reflections on Climate, Race & Justice
Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

September 1 . 6pm-9pm
Boston's Sustainability Community Invites you to Paris!
@ CIC Cambridge

September 20 . 11am - 5pm
Boston Local Food Festival
@ The Greenway

Check out our Event Calendar for more information and tickets!
Dear SBN Members and Friends, 

The SBN Board recently completed our annual Board Retreat and we made some excellent progress toward our Three-Year Strategic Plan that will guide our work through the end of 2018. We will be asking for feedback from our members as we move through this process. Our intention is to complete the Strategic Plan by the end of December and send the completed version to our members within the new year. Please watch for this information as your input is extremely important to us.

Two fun parties coming up--both at no charge! How about that!  Two opportunities for a no-cost opportunity to party with 40 or 40,000 of your closest friends. The SBN Summer Soiree  is coming up next week and it will be a delicious local food pot luck! Come one come all!    

The Sixth Annual Boston Local Food Festival is only five weeks away! The staff and The Williams Agency have been working hard (and having fun) to make this Festival the best yet! We hope to see you on the Rose F Kennedy Greenway on Sunday, September 20th!  

Savor these last few days of summer! They are so sweet! And the local food is especially spectacular now!  

Sustainably yours,

Laury Hammel
Executive Director

6th Annual Boston Local Food Festival to be held on September 20th!

For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub! The Boston Local Food Festival is a  free  outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The Festival features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music, a family fun zone and more.

Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed "Healthy Local Food for All", the Festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home. There are several ways to get involved with this great event:

RSVP not required but will keep you up to date with festival announcements!

The Festival is a  zero-waste  event, meaning we divert over 90% of our waste each year and we offset  100%  of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England's largest one day farmers market, while celebrating " Healthy Local Food for All "
Join us for SBN's Summer Soiree!
What better way to celebrate summer and the good work SBN and friends have been doing to create a sustainable economy than to have a local food pot luck party!!

You're all cordially invited by Robin Young to join the party and here are the details:

When:   Tuesday, August 18
Where:   10 Hilliard St. Cambridge, MA
What to Bring: 
Last name beginning with:
A-H  Salads or Starter
I-Q  Main Dish
R-Z  Desserts

SBN will provide the drinks and will be your 'bartenders' for the evening! Tips will support SBN's work!

Food Requirements:   
At least one item in the dish must be a product of New England with a location labeled where the food was grown or raised. Listing the specific farm or ranch or town is preferred.

Congratulations to The Tasting Counter!

The Tasting Counter became SBLP certified in advance of their opening in Somerville in July. The Tasting Counter offers a multi-sensory dining experience with a mission of establishing the shortest distance between the production of food and the guest. You watch your meal be prepared and are introduced to a multi-course tasting menu that evolves seasonally. Futher, The Tasting Counter has a mission of being carbon neutral, sourcing at least 50% of their ingredients locally and 100% of those ingredients naturally. Make a reservation to learn more!

Join SBN, BASG and Net Impact in Paris!

When: September 1, 6-9pm
Where: CIC Venture Café
Cost: $10/$12 - Register Here!

About the Evening:
September is special as the  Boston Area Sustainability GroupNet Impact Boston, and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts come together for one big event and conversation!

We're opening a new season of learning, networking, and collaborating with an unprecedented gathering of Boston's sustainability community and what better topic for the docket than the upcoming COP21 in Paris this fall?

In addition to special presentations by each host organization, Dr. Matthew Gardner, Founder and Managing Partner at Sustainserv GmbH / Inc. and COP expert will frame and lead the group discussion of what to expect from the Paris 2015 meeting. What needs to be done to address global climate change? What will be asked of each nation? How will it be funded and done? What will the potential outcomes mean for us all?
Join us for this unique evening with all of Boston's sustainable-minded talent under one roof! Refreshments will be served.
Save that Stuff Celebrates 25 years!

Save That Stuff has been a leader in sustainable business for twenty-five years and that fact brought hundreds of
SBN Board President Susan Labandibar tests her potential new truck as she auditions for a job as a driver with 
Save that Stuff.

SBN Board Member, Val Shulock, practices for her new role as a recycling assistant for Save that Stuff. 

We wish them both the best of luck!
people to a party celebrating the good works of Save That Stuff. STS has proven their commitment to the environment, their community and safe, healthy kids and families. STS provides a wide range of services including waste removal, composting, waste audits, and zero waste planning for events. 

The party featured free food from Clover Fast Food and drinks from their neighbors, Downeast Cider. People were able to see the two new natural gas trucks that Save that Stuff has just added to their fleet 

One unexpected development was SBN's President, Susan Labandibar auditioning for a job as a driver for STS and similar SBN's Vice President applying for a job as a recycling assistant at STS. We wish them the best of luck in being selected for a new career.  

SBN Celebrates the Grand Opening of 
Boston Public Market!
  SBN joined the Boston Public Market for their Friends and Family opening on Tuesday, July 28. The market was bustling with excitement and people sampled everything from beer to doughnuts to meat. We are thrilled that Boston now is home to a place where people can taste all that New England has to offer. 

SBN is excited to work with the Public Market on programming and other events in the coming months! Keep an eye on their schedule as they post cooking demos, cookbook exchanges and much more!

Welcome Boston Public Market, we're so glad that you're here!

Welcome to the Newest Members of our Growing Network! 

Sustainserv has over 50 years of collective experience in strategy consulting, sustainability data management, communications & program management. Headquartered in Boston, contact Sustainserv to see how they can assist your business!

Renewing Members

Berkshire Natural brings healthier choices in vending machines for kids and adults across New England. Everything that they sell is healthy and delicious. People think them for the unique refrigerated options that they provide including fruit, hummus, yogurt & cheese sticks. Want healthy options in your workplace? Get in touch with Berkshire Natural to get started!

City Feed & Supply  is a neighborhood grocery, café & deli that supplies the area with a fine selection of natural foods, specialty groceries, local & organic fruits & vegetables, local meats, catering orders and much more! Stop by their store in Jamaica Plain to see what they have to offer!

Pure Solutions was founded in 2005 to protect people from vector-borne illnesses without using synthetic chemicals. They are committed to only using the best products sourced from botanical extracts & natural oils. Pure Solutions is family owned & managed and available to help! 

Save that Stuff has one goal: zero waste. Why? Because it's good for business, good for the environment and good for the bottom line. Save that Stuff offers a wide range of waste removal and composting services and helps SBN with our Zero Waste efforts for the Boston Local Food Festival, Local Craft Brewfest & more! Celebrating 25 years, Save that Stuff is the leading Boston-based waste & resource management company.

Green Tip of the Month:

Summer Travel Tips


* Take a 'Staycation - you will see what's in your own backyard and save energy too!


* Make it Educational! - learn about all the nature has to teach you and practice conservation.


* Avoid Peak Travel Times - Don't waste time sitting in traffic and idling your car!


* Flying? Take Nonstop Flights - Take offs and landings use more fuel.


* Purchase Carbon Offsets - Reduce your your carbon footprint!


Click here for more tips!

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