The PescoVegetarian Times is interrupting our regularly scheduled blog post to bring you a commercial for my favorite cause: the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). I joined the SBN board this year, but I’ve been an enthusiastic member for a long time.
How many great things does SBN do? Here are just a few. SBN:
- Runs the annual Boston Local Food fest, which is a wonderful free festival that attracts 30,000 people to taste and learn about local food.
- Offers the Sustainable Business Leader Program, a practical and affordable training and certification program that helps local businesses “green” their operations and practices while saving valuable natural resources and money.
- Helps seed and support “Local First” organizations in communities to make it easier for people to find and shop at local businesses in their community. (We just started a Jamaica Plain Local First chapter this year, which has already been a boost for my business, Good Egg Marketing.)
To be honest, I feel like SBN has made a lot more progress on the local and green side than on creating a fairer economy, but that’s one reason I decided to join the board. I believe that businesses can and should be a powerful force for economic justice and I want SBN to lead the way.
There are two great ways you can support SBN this month. If you live in the Boston area, you can attend a truly great holiday fundraiser for SBN. It’s on Wednesday, December 18 from 6-9pm at the WBUR studios at 890 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. If you’re an NPR fanatic like me, it’s really fun to see where the magic gets made. In addition, Here & Now co-host Robin Young will interview her new co-host, Jeremy Hobson, so it’s a great chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the program. And there’ll be delicious food and beverages—local, of course—as well as a live and silent auction. Pretty good deal for $55 ($85 for couples).
If you can’t—or simply won’t–go to another fundraising event, or $55 is too steep for you to manage this year, you can still make me happy by forking over some cash. Here’s a link to make a tax-deductible donation.
Wishing you a green, local, and fair holiday season!