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This presentation from the afternoon of Neighboring Food Co-op Association's Eighth Annual Meeting & Celebration includes the Neighboring Co-operator Awardee (Patrice Lockert Anthony), presentation on Addressing Climate Change:, and important upcoming event dates.
The "Addressing Climate Change: From Advocacy to Operations" workshop covers how co-ops and their members can work together to differentiate ourselves as more sustainable, community-based businesses?
Panelists include:
• Terry Bowling, NCG, Facilitator
• Cat Buxton, Board, Upper Valley Food Co-op
• Kari Bradley, GM, Hunger Mountain Co-op
• Ed Fox, GM, Co-op Food Stores

This presentation from the afternoon of Neighboring Food Co-op Association's Eighth Annual Meeting & Celebration includes the Neighboring Co-operator Awardee (Patrice Lockert Anthony), presentation on Addressing Climate Change:, and important upcoming event dates.
The "Addressing Climate Change: From Advocacy to Operations" workshop covers how co-ops and their members can work together to differentiate ourselves as more sustainable, community-based businesses?
Panelists include:
• Terry Bowling, NCG, Facilitator
• Cat Buxton, Board, Upper Valley Food Co-op
• Kari Bradley, GM, Hunger Mountain Co-op
• Ed Fox, GM, Co-op Food Stores

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NFCA Afternoon & Addressing Climate Change Workshop, Annual Meeting 2019

  1. 1. EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING From Soil to Sovereignty: Good Food for All! 23 March 2019 Afternoon Sessions Greenfield Community College Greenfield, MA NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION Images courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists.
  2. 2. NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 THANK YOU, SPONSORS! 2
  3. 3. ¡ Honors an individual who has made a special contribution to our vision & success. ¡ NFCA makes a donation to the Howard Bowers Fund for Food Co-op Education in honor of the recipient of the award. ¡ Individuals and organizations invited to join us in making a charitable contribution in honor of awardees. For more information, visit www.cdf.coop/nfca NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 NEIGHBORING CO-OPERATOR AWARD
  4. 4. NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 NEIGHBORING CO-OPERATOR AWARD 2019
  5. 5. ¡ Peer Dialogues 1:00-2:15 ¡ Afternoon Workshops 2:15-3:45 ¡ Elections & Appreciations 3:45-4:00 ¡ Evaluation & Raffle 4:00-4:15 ¡ Adjourn & Depart 4:15 NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 AFTERNOON SESSIONS
  6. 6. A. Inclusion as Diversity & Equity: Steps to Build More Welcoming Co-ops (This Room) B. Navigating Challenges in the Labor Market (President’s Conference Room) C. Membership Development Strategies (C208 Multi-Purpose Room) D. Prepared Foods for Small & Medium-Sized Food Co- ops (Atrium Behind Registration) E. Food Co-ops & SNAP Incentive Programs (N250 Humanities Studio) NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 PEER DIALOGS (1:00-2:15)
  7. 7. This peer dialogue will explore opportunities across the food co- op structure-—from membership, to Board governance, to operations—to help make our co- ops more welcoming and inclusive by expanding diversity, equity, and participation. Discussion will include tools and approaches for engaging and serving more people in our communities to increase our Co- op’s relevance and impact. Facilitators ¡ Darnell Adams, Firebrand Cooperative, formerly Dorchester Food Co-op ¡ Patrice Lockert Anthony, President, GreenStar Co-op NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 INCLUSION AS DIVERSITY & EQUITY: STEPS TO BUILD MORE WELCOMING CO-OPS
  8. 8. NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
  9. 9. A. INTEGRATING IMPACT INTO CO-OP PLANNING: The Balanced Score Card (C208 Multipurpose Rm) B. ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE: From Advocacy to Operations (This Room) C. FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT: Assessing & Demonstrating Your Success (N250 Humanities Studio) NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (2:15-3:45)
  10. 10. Climate change is one of the most challenging issues of our time. How can co-ops and their members work together to reduce its impact and differentiate ourselves a more sustainable, community-based businesses? We’ll consider this question from a number of perspectives and invite dialog on this question. ¡ Terry Bowling, Eastern Corridor Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers ¡ Cat Buxton, Board of Directors, Upper Valley Food Co-op ¡ Kari Bradley, General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op ¡ Ed Fox, General Manager, Co-op Food Stores, Hanover Consumer Co-op NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE: FROM ADVOCACY TO OPERATIONS
  11. 11. Confidential and Proprietary Page 11 NCG Climate Change • NCG is helping to reverse climate change by offsetting a portion of our greenhouse gas emissions, providing resources to co-ops, encouraging industry peers to take action, investing in organic agriculture, and informing consumers about the connection between food and climate. • Like all of NCG’s advocacy activities, our work on climate change is informed by our advocacy guidelines, which are regularly reviewed and updated by the Advocacy Advisory Committee, a group of co-op GMs and staff that meet with our advocacy senior manager, Allie Mentzer. Currently Ed King (Littleton Food Co- op) represents co-ops in the eastern corridor on the committee. The guidelines inform NCG’s formal public position statement on climate
  12. 12. Confidential and Proprietary Page 12 NCG Public Position on Climate Change • National Co+op Grocers acknowledges that human-caused climate change poses a threat to a habitable ecosystem and places the food supply at risk. As a result, NCG prioritizes efforts to reverse global warming, particularly within the context of sustainable, resilient food systems that are based upon regenerative organic farming and regional, cooperative supply chains. • Recognizing climate change as one of the biggest issues facing the business community, NCG demonstrates leadership by encouraging collaboration in pursuit of supply chain innovations that reduce the food industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards, offered through the Climate Collaborative, were created to honor natural foods companies making innovative and meaningful commitments to climate action. • Additionally, NCG provides member and associate co-ops with resources to significantly reduce their operations’ greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2012, NCG has been offsetting a portion of its own carbon emissions by planting and protecting over 1.4 million native trees in the Co+op Forest, a United Nations accredited program
  13. 13. Confidential and Proprietary Page 13 Co-op Forest • Last year, NCG funded the planting or conservation of approximately 70,777 trees in the San Martin region of Peru to offset 1,197 tons of carbon dioxide emissions associated with NCG’s 2017 business travel and utilities. • The investment is NCG’s sixth annual contribution to the program pioneered by PUR Projet in partnership with cocoa co-ops in and around San Martin. To date, NCG’s offsets have facilitated the planting and/or protection of nearly 2 million trees in the Amazon. • River Valley and Common Market have offset a portion of their emissions through Co+op Forest.
  14. 14. Confidential and Proprietary Page 14 Ten Ways to Reduce the Co-op Carbon Footprint • Know your carbon footprint • Seek energy efficiency • Preventative maintenance on refrigeration: • Low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants • Culture and habits • Zero waste • Sales of local products • Influence suppliers • Renewable energy • Carbon offsets
  15. 15. Confidential and Proprietary Page 15 Partners in Change National Co+op Grocers and Partners Raise $113,575 for The Carbon Underground’s Initiatives to Restore Soil Health, Combat Climate Change The Carbon Underground works to connect farmers, consumers, academia, businesses, NGOs and governments to work collaboratively to avert catastrophic climate change.
  16. 16. Confidential and Proprietary Page 16 NCG provides climate resources to co-ops • NCG maintains the Co+efficient program, a custom online program co-ops can use to track their sustainability metrics. NCG has created resources for co-ops interested in improving their carbon footprint, refrigeration efficiency, water use and waste reduction, all of which impact climate. Co-ops can use Co+efficient resources to set goals and improve those metrics, so that we can aggregate all co-op data to produce national reports on food co-op sustainability. • • NCG is working with Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) to establish a Disaster Recovery Fund for NCG co-ops. We piloted this last year by raising $27,000 to help Tidal Creek recover from severe flooding after Hurricane Florence.
  17. 17. Confidential and Proprietary Page 17 NCG Informs Consumers about Food and Climate NCG also publishes articles co-ops can share with their communities on topics related to food and climate, highlighting Project Drawdown research showing how organic agriculture, plant-rich diets, pasture- raised animals, reducing food waste, and shopping co-op can help reverse climate change. See the full list of climate articles on the Co+op, stronger together website.
  18. 18. Confidential and Proprietary Page 18 Thank You!
  19. 19. Our co-op will be central to a resilient and connected Upper Valley community. Because of all that we do, people in the Upper Valley will have: • Access to healthful, affordable food • A supportive market for local farmers and producers • Education and resources for sustainable, healthful practices • A place for community connection
  20. 20. Customer Survey September 2018 Our Ends Statements are listed below. Rate us 1-10 o how we’re doing to reach these goals. (1 is “does not meet goal”, 10 is “meets the goal”) ACCESS Access to healthful, affordable food MARKET A supportive market for local farmers and producers EDUCATION Education and resources for sustainable, healthful practices COMMUNITY A place for community connection
  21. 21. Upper Valley Food Co-op Average # of Baskets per Day FY 2011 through FY 2018 Local farmers and producers – those growing produce and health-related products within our local area which we define as within Vermont and/or within 100 miles from our Co-op. • Access to healthful, affordable food • A supportive market for local farmers and producers
  22. 22. Lifting Up Local and Organic food at the store. Our clear Co-op signs help customers identify local products. FY 2018 Over $568K in local food sales!
  23. 23. Our current board visionary topics Climate change Community resilience Diversity & Inclusiveness Mind Map Activity Where are we connected? Who and what is missing? • Education and resources for sustainable, healthful practices • A place for community connection
  24. 24. Lucas DeVries is seen in flooding in White River Junction, Vt., on July 1, 2017. (Photo courtesy - Kirsten Arnesen-Trunzo) Our co-op is just behind this church and across the street Planning for an Uncertain Future with a lot More Water Flash flooding from the July 1, 2017 rain storm turned our hillside into a waterfall. One of our buildings was flooded, thankfully not the store! The building and hillside have been repaired at the expense of the Co-op. The water was not from the river below us, it came from the paved areas uphill from our property. • Education and resources for sustainable, healthful practices • A place for community connection
  25. 25. Impact Reporting ØBased on Ends Policies ØMeasure Success ØBasis for reporting to Board, staff, members, and beyond ØBenchmarking ØBasis for planning
  26. 26. Environmental Ends • Minimize energy usage & carbon emissions – Efficiency upgrades – Renewable energy – Relative impact • Reduce waste stream – Composting – Recycle – Reuse • Sell and use environmentally-beneficial products – Organic, local, eco, low impact
  27. 27. Electrical Usage Renewable Electricity Generated: • 13,398 kWh, 2.1% of overall usage
  28. 28. Enhanced Recycling Amount Units Bottle Caps 46 gallons Wrappers 55.5 gallons Plastic Wrap/ Packing Material 74.5 bags Pallet Wrap 45 bags Breakroom Compost 596 gallons Paper Towel Compost 21.5 bags Twist Ties 10 gallons
  29. 29. Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society: ENDS POLICIES Because of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society: 1. The Upper Valley will have a retail source of food that is affordable, healthy, grown and/or processed locally to the fullest extent possible. 2. There will be economic value returned to the community via charitable contributions, outreach projects, patronage refunds to member and other avenues. 3. Customers and staff will be better educated about food issues and, as a result, make healthier choices. 4. There will be a vibrant cooperative sector in the economy, both nationally and regionally, and a local community educated in the value of cooperative principles and enterprises. 5. The cooperative’s bioregion will have a vibrant local agricultural community and that community will, in turn, have a reliable retail market for its products. 6. There will be a major source of employment in the community that provides personal satisfaction to employees, livable wages and financial security for employees and their families. 7. There will be a thriving business organization that protects and restores the environment. 8. Everyone engaging with our business shall be included, welcomed, and appreciated, contributing toward more diversity, inclusivity, and equity in our Upper Valley community. The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society exists to provide cooperative commerce for the greater good of our members and community. Seven distinct groups comprise our members and community: Co-op members, Non-member customers, Co-op staff and their families, Local suppliers, Local community, Larger cooperative community, Past and future generations of Hanover Co-op members Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society: ENDS POLICIES
  30. 30. ü Evaluate alternative energy sources as/when applicable. ü Reduce refrigeration emissions ü Selection of renewable energy sources in Electricity portfolio. ü Education for staff and members. Hanover Co-op energy initiatives to meet Ends 7
  31. 31. Energy and Emissions 10% 35% 23% 32% CO-OP EMISSIONS Propane GHG Oil GHG Refrigerant Electric GHG Quick Numbers Propane: 77,365 gallons #2 Fuel Oil: 14,141 gallons Refrigerant load/used: 2759g 248*g Electricity: 3,357,144 kwh Highlights Solar Hot Water GreenChill Partner Geothermal CCM
  32. 32. Energy and Emissions: Initiatives Lebanon Solar Hot Water • 1,300 gallons of hot water used each day • 15 evacuated tube solar hot water collectors • Will save the co-op over 500 tons of carbon emissions over its lifespan (20 tons/year) • Equivalent to planting 12,000 trees or the electricity to power 60 homes
  33. 33. Energy and Emissions: Refrigeration 1 lbs 404 A Refrigerant 3,300 lbs CO2 4,125 miles in a Subaru Outback = = Past Goals and Emissions Rates Year Goal Actual Emissions Rate 2011 (Baseline Year) Na 49.90% 2012 35% 40.9 % 5.9 % off target 2013 18% 25.3% 7.3 % off target 2014 <10% 34.6% 24.6 % off target 2015 <10% 39.7% 29.7% off target 2016 <10% 9% 2017 <10% 7.8% 2018 <10% 8.5% 2015 New Trillium RTU leak, actual would have been 12% The Co-op has 2759 lbs of refrigerant
  34. 34. Keilly Witman U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stratospheric Protection Division 202-343-9742 witman.keilly@epa.gov www.epa.gov/greenchill Tom Guillette Facilities Manager Hanover Co-op Food Stores 603-643-2667, Ext. 6701 tguillette@coopfoodstore.com http://www.coopfoodstore.coop Education: Partners for Webinars
  35. 35. „ Background info on refrigerant emissions: environment, financials, other trouble „ Some fundamentals about GreenChill „ How GreenChill can help you „ How GreenChill works: free, fast, and easy „ Your colleagues: Hanover Co-op Food Stores
  36. 36. ü Sustainability & Resiliency ü Budgeting ü Proformas ü Trends & Technology ü Research ü Planning ü Decisions Responsible Operational & Business Decisions
  37. 37. NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION
  38. 38. PLEASE RECONVENE FOR WRAP UP BY 3:40 NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019
  39. 39. NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 ELECTIONS & APPRECIATIONS John Crane, Vice President ¡ Reminder to Fill Out Evaluations ¡ Elections Results ¡ Thanks to our Candidates ¡ Thanks to Simply Voting
  40. 40. § General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op § Steering Committee, Founding Incorporator of NFCA § Board Member since 2011 NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 THANK YOU, KARI BRADLEY!
  41. 41. ¡Please turn in your Evaluation Form NOW to be entered in our raffle ¡Drop nametags on your table or at the registration desk NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 EVALUATIONS & RAFFLE
  42. 42. ¡Ruth Tyson ¡Facilitators & Presenters ¡NFCA Staff & Board of Directors ¡Greenfield Community College ¡Attendees, Guests and Sponsors NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 SPECIAL THANKS
  43. 43. Northeast Start-Up Gathering §Sat, 18 May 2019, Keene, NH CDS Co-op Café §Sat, 19 Oct 2019 NFCA Eighth Annual Meeting 2019 THANK YOU! — SAVE THESE DATES! Co-operative Business Training with Saint Mary’s University (Staff & Board) §Thurs-Friday, 24-25th Oct 2019, Greenfield, MA NFCA 9th Annual Meeting §Sat, 21 March 2019, Greenfield, MA For more information, visit nfca.coop/calendar

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