Sustainability Summit 2013



Dear Members, Supporters, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Volunteers and Summit 2013 Attendees,


Thanks for your help making Co-op Power's 9th Annual Sustainability Summit a success! Over 200 people participated by sharing ideas, attending workshops, and speaking with exhibitors.

Halina Brown's keynote presentation brought up interesting ideas about how we can live prosperous lives without growing our consumer economy. How do we change a system that we are so individually invested in for things like retirement, education, and healthcare? How can we change the larger system when any drop in GDP growth is considered a sign of a weak economy? The process will take time and will require our collective ingenuity.

It was encouraging and inspiring to learn about the things that people in our region are doing already in the realms of renewable energy, equity, community finance, cooperative development, and energy efficiency. It was especially rewarding making connections that will help us do even more.

If you're interested in joining Co-op Power to become part of our movement, click here. Membership in Co-op Power means you're supporting local green jobs, community business development, and locally owned energy resources. Plus, most members get their investment back through savings on fuel buying groups, solar hot water, solar installations, and energy efficiency upgrades. You can learn more about Co-op Power's member benefits here.

summitThose who join by June 21st will get a gift basket valued at $420. The prize includes a copy of Michael Shuman's Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street, Greg Pahl's Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects, an Enhanced Energy Assessment with a blower door and infrared test, a beautiful gift-quality Co-op Power blank notebook, 16 ounces of Cabot Cheese, and a Greenfield Market Cookbook.

If you live in Massachusetts and haven't reduced your heating bill by having a no-cost Mass Save home energy assessment from Co-op Power's Community-owned energy efficiency program, click here.

Once again, many thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors who helped us make the summit happen! Supporting these organizations and businesses makes a difference!

Many thanks to our sponsors, The Solidago Foundation, Stiebel Eltron, River Valley Market, Wealth Creation in Rural Communities, the UMass Five College Credit Union, Common Capital, Cabot Cheese Creamery and PV Sustain for helping to make this event possible





Building capacity for social change
River Valley Market specializes in fresh, local and organic foods. We’re located in Northampton just south off I-91 exit 21. Everyone Welcome!
A world leader since 1924, Stiebel Eltron’s tradition of engineering and manufacturing excellence produces energy efficient products fulfilling the highest expectations of performance and reliability
A new approach to rural development focusing on place, collaboration, multiple forms of wealth, and local ownership

Northeast Solar / PV Squared / First Sun Solar / Real Goods Solar / Green Earth Energy PV / Common Good Finance / CHD’s Not Bread Alone / Valley Free Radio / Action for a Healthy Holyoke / Citizens Awareness Network / Climate Action Now Western MA / Co-Cycle / NESEA / Wealth Creation in Rural Communities / Stiebel Eltron / ReEnergizer / Progressive Asset Management / UMass 5 College Credit Union / Cooperative Fund of New England / New England Grassroots Environmental Fund / Homstead Health / Beloved Earth Company / Viridian / Massachusetts Slavery Apology / Greening Greenfield / The Conway School / PV biochar / Velma's Kettlecorn