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October 13th, 2015 by Kathie
The Port Townsend Food Co-op has earned the GreenChill 2014 Achievement Award for Best Emissions Rate from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership. This award goes to the partner with the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the 11,000 partners which includes well-known retailers such as Target, Whole Foods Market, Hanover Co-op stores and many others.
Refrigerants used by supermarkets are harmful to the environment when emitted into the atmosphere; some harm the ozone layer, and most are very potent greenhouse gases. Refrigerants that are commonly used in supermarket refrigeration systems are anywhere from 1,800 to 4,000 times worse for climate change than carbon dioxide.
“For comparison, our emissions rate for 2014 was 2.6 percent or 12 pounds of refrigerant, said René Tanner, Facilities and Maintenance Manager for The Food Co-op. “A typical supermarket leaks 1,000 pounds into the atmosphere annually. That is because we do in-house preventative maintenance on our refrigeration equipment and catch things early before they become a large problem. We also work with a responsive refrigeration contractor, Mayda Mechanical LLC.”
The EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership helps supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt greener refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices.
For more information on the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/greenchill. Anyone may use the EPA’s climate change calculator for references to put the climate impact of refrigerants into context. It calculates equivalency results for passenger vehicles, gallons of gasoline, forests, etc. Find it at http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html.
To learn more about The Food Co-op’s environmental efforts, please read the store’s recently published 2014 Sustainability Report.
November 21st, 2014 by Rachel Williams
The results are in from the member vote on adopting a Patronage Dividend System. Members had the opportunity to vote, during a 25 day period beginning October 25 and ending November 19th, whether or not to adopt changes to The Food Co-op’s Articles of Incorporation that would allow for Patronage Dividends. We are pleased to announce that the initiative passed with 94% in favor. A total of 973 votes were recorded, with 915 Yes votes and 58 No votes.
Board Vote December 2 on By-Law Amendment
The next step in the process of establishing a Patronage Dividend system is for the board to approve changes to The Food Co-op’s bylaws. These changes will bring the bylaws into alignment with the new Articles of Incorporation, and further specify how Patronage Dividends will be implemented. The Board will vote on adopting these By-Law changes at the December 2nd 2014 regular meeting. The By-Law Amendment can be downloaded below and is also posted on the Board’s Board in the store.
Thanks for taking the time to be an engaged member of The Food Co-op!
May 28th, 2013 by Kathie
April 15th, 2013 by Kathie
January 22nd, 2013 by Kathie
We are pleased to announce that the Port Townsend Food Co-op won the small store retailer, Neighborhood Health Improvement category in the 2012 Food Marketing Institute Community Outreach Awards for our Beans for Bags Program. For this, we will receive a plaque as well as $1,000. The money will be used for more outreach into our community.
It just goes to show that something as small as a bean or a nickel can make a big difference.
“Every bean is equal to one and two-thirds pounds of food from Food Life Line, where we order our food from,” said Shirley Moss, the Jefferson County Food Bank manager. “If we didn’t have the contribution from the Food Co-op it would be very difficult to provide for all of these people. We served 325 families [on the] Wednesday after Thanksgiving. That’s a massive amount for us on a normal day.”
Every year, our food co-op gives over $27,000 to Jefferson County organizations in charitable contributions which includes Beans for Bags donations. In 2012, the Bean donation total topped $8,000 – a new record! In the last five years, the Food Co-op has given back a total of $37,845.19 to the community through this program.
The Food Co-op has never given out plastic bags and has always encouraged member/owners to bring their own bags as well as their own containers for produce and bulk food. In 2008, we began the Beans for Bags Program in which we gave our member/owners the choice of receiving either a nickel refund for each container or bag they bring for their groceries, or a bean worth five cents which they can drop in their choice of glass gallon jars designated for three local non-profit organizations. One of those three non-profit organizations is always the county food bank. The other two choices come from nominations made by the member/owners themselves. Those organizations typically serve local schools including Head Start, the local NAMI chapter, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, the homeless shelter, the animal shelter, the public library, the local hospice, a free clinic, United Good Neighbors, local farmer support, Habitat for Humanity, and an abused women’s shelter, among others.
We thank our Co-op shoppers for their generosity and strong support of the Beans for Bags Program.
January 10th, 2013 by Kathie
“A strategic plan is an opportunity to look towards the future that you want to create and then assess where you are currently, then look to align efforts and resources,” said Sam Gibboney, board president. “It’s that budgeting of effort and resources that the strategic plan helps an organization to make the daily choices that we have. Any organization, any person, particularly in this day and age, is faced with a multitude of decisions every day where they can put their attention, put their time, put their money, and the Co-op is no different.”
The full document is now available online at: Food Co-op Five-Year Strategic Plan: 2013-2017.
January 10th, 2013 by Kathie
In 2012, the Food Co-op Beans for Bags program topped the $8K mark, a new record. The total donated this year was $8,056.80.
Since its inception in 2008, the program has given Co-op member/owners the choice of receiving either a nickel refund for each container or bag they bring for their groceries, or a bean worth five cents which they can drop in their choice of glass gallon jars designated for three local non-profit organizations.
One of those three non-profit organizations is always the county food bank. The other two choices come from nominations made by the member/owners themselves. Those organizations typically serve local schools including Head Start. Other organizations served have been the local NAMI chapter, homeless shelter, animal shelter, public library, hospice, a free clinic, United Good Neighbors, local farmer support, Habitat for Humanity, and an abused women’s shelter, among others.
In the last five years, the Food Co-op has given back a total of $37,845.19 to the community through this program. We thank our Co-op shoppers for their generosity this year and every year.
October 9th, 2012 by Kathie
As construction progresses each day, we get more and more excited for our store’s dining area expansion! It promises to be filled with sunlight and laughter, and additional seating will help accommodate all who enjoy the Food Co-op as a place to gather with friends and neighbors.
During the week of Oct. 15, we will see these tangible changes:
- Erection of a temporary wall in the current dining area
- Re-use of the windows from the current dining area into the new space
- New door added
- Electrical work finished
When the new area is complete, door access to the outside courtyard area will be closed except for emergencies and will have an alarm if opened unexpectedly. From then on, our members and staff can go through the south entrance main doors to enjoy eating their Co-op meals al fresco.
Project completion is scheduled for Nov. 15. A local company, Little & Little Construction, is the contractor.
May 21st, 2012 by foodcoop
We joined the Food Coop in 1974 at its first storefront location, where Pane d’Amore Bakery is currently located. It was often self-service back then, from opening up (the key was next door at the gas station, currently Badd Habit), to measuring bulk foods, to ringing up your own sale and making your own change.
Nobody delivered whole foods to Port Townsend back then, so we went to Seattle every week or two, with a succession of vans or bread trucks. There was no traffic in Seattle then and we could make fifteen or more stops in one day, all over the city. We stopped at the Little Bread Company, Seattle’s first modern day worker cooperative. We shopped at C.C. Grains, a worker cooperative run by militantly feminist women on forklifts. The guys would usually wait in the van. We bought produce from Community Produce, down below Pike Place Market. We would return to the Co-op late at night, usually in the rain, to unload the van and put away all the food.