Green Energy Options Seventh In State To Earn B Corp Certification

Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News

GEO1-b1ce9c89Co-owners Valerie Piedmont and Pablo Fleischmann have announced that their business, Green Energy Options, recently earned B Corp certification, making it the seventh Certified B Corporation in New Hampshire. Using business as a force for good, Certified B Corps create higher quality jobs, improve the quality of life in their communities, address challenging environmental problems, and inspire others to measure what matters most. Over 200,000 businesses globally use the B Impact Assessment to assess, compare, and improve their impact.

Green Energy Options is an outgrowth of a vision of building a life in harmony with nature that Piedmont and Fleischmann share. They opened their business a decade ago after more than two decades of living off the electrical power grid on their eight-acre homestead in Gilsum. The business initially focused on providing solar energy system design, installation and technical support and selling energy-efficient appliances. Green Energy Options has since developed expertise that led it to expand its business to include alternative home heating products – the best available brands of wood, pellet, and gas stoves; fireplaces, and inserts.

Piedmont, director of human resources, said, “Our five employees work as a team to give customers the knowledge they need to make fully informed energy decisions. We’re passionate about the impact that our business has on improving air quality in our region and increasing the amount of renewable energy produced and consumed. We’re a small business encouraged that, with the support of the wider B Corp community, we can be part of the big change in how energy needs are met more responsibly.”

1555416_10151873746682546_1941514848_nFleischmann added, “It’s not so much about the certification itself; it’s about continually measuring ourselves against its high standards, and those of other Certified B Corporations, so that we continue to develop a better business.”

Green Energy Options draws its customers from Keene and Peterborough, Brattleboro, VT, and the surrounding towns and counties. It recently moved from its 79 Emerald Street location to 37 Roxbury Street, where it occupies a larger space in a renovated building in a revitalized area of Keene. For more details, visit or call 603-358-3444.

Badger Honored as 2017 ‘Best For the World’ and ‘Best for the Environment’

Originally posted at Badger Balm

Badger was recognized as Best for the World, Overall and Best for Environment by the nonprofit B Lab. In order to be recognized, honorees must score in the top 10% of all businesses on the B Impact Assessment, the gold standard of corporate responsibility metrics. Badger scored in the top 10% of more than 2,100 Certified B Corporations across all categories for creating the most positive overall community impact, as well as positive environmental impact.

Monadnock Food Co-op Declares “We Are Still In”


The Monadnock Food Co-op has declared, “We are still in.” The co-op joins over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities, declaring their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. The Co-op joins many businesses nationwide who have signed the agreement, as well as several others who have joined in the Monadnock Region.

Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the United States to ambitious action on climate change. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

The Monadnock Food Co-op believes the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for stability, global health and prosperity, and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity to create jobs, spur innovation, and promote trade. By declaring that “We are still in,” the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

Climate change is already impacting farmers and producers in the Monadnock Region as well as farmers globally, including producers that supply the co-op with consumer favorites like coffee, chocolate and bananas, among others.

“As a retail grocery store, the Monadnock Food Co-op cares deeply about continuing to supply our community with high-quality food, grown as sustainably as possible,” said Michael Faber, the Co-op’s General Manager. “Our Ends Statements, including promoting a healthy, sustainable food system, the support of farmers and producers and a strong, sustainable and improving local economy mandate we must continue to take action to reduce emissions locally and globally.”

To view the full statement, quotes and list of signatories, visit:

Cultivating a Local Economy that Works for All

Monadnock Buy Local will host “The Complete Economy Project: Cultivating a Local Economy That Works for All” Event with local economy researcher and author Stacy Mitchell on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.  Stacy will discuss effective strategies that communities around the country are using to grow local businesses and how public policy needs to change to create an economy that works for all.

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national nonprofit organization that produces research and analysis, and partners with communities and policymakers to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen local economies.  Her book Big-Box Swindle appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” She has also written for a wide range of publications, including Business Week, The Nation and Wall Street Journal, and has authored several influential reports.  More about her work is available at

The Complete Economy Project supports the adoption of local policies that level the playing field for locally owned businesses in our region and spark innovative business models that contribute to our local living economy.  It cultivates a regional economy that works for more people and balances the needs of diverse types of business.

“Cultivating locally owned businesses is one of the best strategies for creating jobs, reducing inequality and building a more resilient community.  I’m excited to share our research and talk about ways that the Monadnock Region can apply this approach to economic development,” said Mitchell.

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The Local Crowd Monadnock Night at Monadnock Food Co-op

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The Monadnock Food Co-op will host The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock Night on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You’re invited to learn more about TLC Monadnock’s first two crowdfunding campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture:

Both farms will offer free samples and answer questions about their campaigns.

TLC Monadnock launched on March 15, 2017 and raised over to $3,700 from 74 supporters during its first week.  Both campaigns end on April 15, 2017.  You can contribute online to either campaign at

“The Co-op is delighted to support the work of The Local Crowd and Monadnock Buy Local.  The work they are doing to support and grow our community and economy is remarkable,” said Megan Megan Straughen, Events, Education & Sustainability Coordinator at Monadnock Food Co-op.  “It’s wonderful to see different types…

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Local Sustainable Economies Conference

lsec-logo_-300x288The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017.

The conference is intended for small and local business leaders as well as advocates who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The conference will focus on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our environment and our local economy.

Through networking, participants will build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building sustainable businesses and organizations that ensure the long term success of both small business and our planet. Together we can amplify our impacts in building a vibrant local economy.

The conference will examine the seven pillars of a sustainable economy:

  • Local – Catalyze the Local First movement
  • Green – Discover & deliver solutions that stop climate change
  • Fair – Create an equitable economic system that benefits all communities
  • Food – Transform our local food systems
  • Community Capital – Move capital to local entrepreneurs & unleash the power of small & mid-size business
  • Entrepreneurship – Ignite your ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ & invigorate the new economy
  • Public Policy – Organize business & community leaders to strengthen our democracy & advocate for positive local & sustainable policies

Learn more