WMGC Green Night - Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring: The Wellspring Cooperative, March 8, 5 pm - Northampton, MA

  • 08 Mar 2017
WMGC Green Night - Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring: The Wellspring Cooperative, March 8, 5 pm - Northampton, MA
Event Description

Western Massachusetts Green Consortium, Green Night
Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring: The Wellspring Cooperative
March 8 at 5pm

Platform Sports Bar
125A Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.

Join the Western Mass green Consortium at the Platform Sports Bar for an evening of networking, information sharing, food, drink and green learning. Bring a friend!

Topic this Month:

Wellspring Cooperative is a non-profit that is building a network of mutually supportive worker-owned cooperatives in Springfield’s underserved communities. The Wellspring network includes three businesses, with more in the pipeline: Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative, the Old Window Workshop and Wellspring Harvest, a hydroponic urban greenhouse that will break ground in March. A primary goal of Wellspring is creating decent jobs in democratically run businesses with asset building opportunities. Alongside this, Wellspring prioritizes businesses that support sustainability. Wellspring Upholstery and the Old Window Workshop save tons of waste from being added to our landfills by restoring furniture and windows to their former glory. This also saves their replacement by yet more new ‘stuff,’ much of which is cheaply built and contains hazardous materials.


Emily Kawano, is the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative and the former director of the Center for Popular Economics, a collective of progressive economists that works to de-mystify the economy. She is the coordinator of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and serves on the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy.

Gary Roby is an upholsterer and worker-owner at Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative. He grew up and continues to live in Springfield with his wife and 2 daughters. Gary is an avid runner, hiker, and brewer.

Pam Howland is the founder of the Old Window Workshop, a women-owned cooperative that restores old windows to their former glory and diverts tons of waste from our landfills. She has 10 years of experience in restoring old windows and training women in this craft, as well as 24 years in building affordable housing.

Event Sponsor: Jobs with Justice

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