Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Co-op America to be Known as Green America

Nation’s Leading Green Economy Organization
Adopts New Name, Builds on 25-Year Mission

September 11, 2008

Washington, DC -- Co-op America, the national nonprofit at the forefront of creating the green economy for 25 years, will change its name to “Green America” on January 1, 2009.  Since 1983, the more than 100,000-member organization has led the way in helping consumers, investors, and businesses adopt socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices.

Co-op America’s work is unique in combining social justice with environmental sustainability in its definition of green. The organization promotes fair trade and organics, fights sweatshops and polluters, creates climate solutions, and channels positive investment into low-income communities.

Executive Director Alisa Gravitz stated, “After 25 years of leadership in creating the green economy, we feel now is the time to bring the word “green” into our name. As more people embrace “green” we want them to know we are a resource and authority on building authentically green lives and businesses. For Co-op America, and its over 100,000 members, creating a green economy always means social and economic justice along with community and environmental health.  As Green America, we’ll have the same mission with a new name and even greater outreach and impact.”

Gravitz added:  “In our first 25 years as Co-op America, we helped put ‘green’ on the map and encouraged millions of people and businesses seek out green products, investments, and solutions, stated Gravitz.  “In our next 25 years, as Green America, we’ll introduce millions more people and businesses to the green economy and help them build an economy that is authentically green.”

Co-op America creates the green economy through its:

  • Green Business Network – the nation’s largest network of businesses screened for their responsibility towards the environment, workers, communities and consumers -- (/greenbusiness/);
  • Green Festivals – produced with Global Exchange, Green Festivals take place in five cities nationwide – Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle – and introduce hundreds of thousands of people to inspiring speakers and vendors that are creating the green economy -- (http://www.greenfestivals.org/);
  • Green Pages – lists thousands of businesses and products to help people green their lives, businesses, and investing -- (www.greenpages.org);
  • Responsible Shopper – provides millions of visitors with exposés on America’s largest corporations -- (www.responsibleshopper.org); and
  • Climate Action and Solar Catalyst Programs – play a lead role in reducing climate emissions and promoting solar power, along with wind, energy efficiency and plug in vehicles as cost competitive and clean solutions.  Co-op America shows how efficiency, solar and plug ins, when deployed at scale, can meet the economic, energy security and environmental goals of our nation -- (www.climateaction.org and www.solarcatalyst.org). 


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