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Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1982 that promotes ethical purchasing. The group's mission is to draw on the economic power of consumers, investors, and businesses to promote environmentally sustainable and socially just business practices.

Businesses that have successfully completed Green America's screening process can display the Green America Seal of Approval, indicating that they are a socially and environmentally responsible — or green — business and are listed in the National Green Pages directory.[1]

Vision

They state their vision as "We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come."[2]

Programs

Green America encourages personal economic action to solve social and environmental problems. They mobilize people "in their economic roles as consumers and investors." Details include:[3]

  • Responsible Shopper - shoppers can search company profiles before making purchasing decisions.
  • Green business - helping socially and environmentally responsible businesses emerge and thrive.
  • Fair Trade - encouraging shoppers to buy Fair Trade products.
  • Climate action - pressuring corporate polluters to take climate change seriously.
  • Green energy - pushes solar energy.
  • Social investing - encouraging people to engage in socially responsible investing.
  • Shop & Unshop - they provide tips for greener purchasing - and to help people stop buying what they don't need.
    • What you should never buy again
    • Products to always buy green
    • 25 ways to get and give what you need without money
  • Boycotts - providing info for individuals interested in using boycotts.

Partnerships

Personnel

Staff

Includes:[5]

  • Denise Hamler, Division Director of Green Business and Green Festival programs
  • Fran Teplitz, Director of Social Investing & Strategic Outreach

Directors

Accessed November 2010:[6]

Former: Accessed May 2008: [7]

Contact details

1612 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 800-584-7336
Web: http://www.greenamerica.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles

References

  1. Website, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  2. About page, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  3. Programs, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  4. Partnerships, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  5. Staff, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  6. Board members, Green America, accessed November 2010.
  7. Directors, Co-op America, accessed May 11, 2008.

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