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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Power of POWER

POWER = Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling

Last fall the Green Foodservice Alliance hosted the first two POWER meetings to great enthusiasm with attendees flying in from around the country to participant in education and lively dialogue surrounding the highest good use of perishable organics. The crowd was a solid mix of private enterprise, non-profits and government, local, state & federal.

With the formation of Elemental Impact in early 2010, POWER moved under the Ei umbrella to develop the structure and a foundation to take POWER into ACTION. One of the first steps was to form the POWER Steering Committee that meets on a regular basis to give direction to our focus. Subcommittees, such as the Technical Committee, create and oversee projects.

At the first Steering Committee meeting, the following POWER Mission was established:

To explore and evaluate the highest good collection, recycling and use of perishable organics and make recommendations for deployment of economically viable projects within a defined geographic area.

To learn more about POWER, view prior meeting notes and download presenter PPT presentations, visit the POWER page of the Elemental Impact website.

We are on an important journey of redefining the highest good uses for perishable organics. If you would like to join the journey or keep informed of our adventures, please send your contact information to Holly Elmore at to be included on the POWER distribution list.

Remember we are just beginning … Stay Tuned for Important Action Alerts!


In the June Ei newsletter, The Impactors will be officially announced and included as a monthly feature.

The Impactors are companies, organizations or individuals who excel in their sustainability practices and blaze the trails for others to follow. Their efforts and work are important to our civilization and the ability for humans to thrive on the Earth. As consumers we can cast our votes of support with our purchasing dollars and communicating their exemplary performance on personal blogs, websites, social networks and other communication tools.

For a sneak preview, visit The Impactor page and learn why FreshPoint and Sodexo are honored for their sustainability achievements.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Local Restaurants Quit the Plastic Habit

One of Atlanta's local Heroes, Polly Sattler of GreenPlate, wrote a great article on intown restaurants forging the path with sustainable practices. GreenPlate, founded in 2008 by Polly, highlights single-use petroleum-based plastics issues and finds opportunities for replacement, reduction, and recycling. Restaurants are a key focus area for GreenPlate's education initiatives.

In the monthly GreenPlate newsletter, Polly features a local green hero ~ it is time we give Polly a salute for her heroic sustainable efforts for Atlanta and the Earth. Thank you Polly!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

US Foodservice Walks their Talk

Ei sponsor, US Foodservice, continues its strides in “walking the talk” through their participation in the Green Portfolio program. In 2009, US Foodservice’s Atlanta region converted its entire delivery fleet to biodiesel. Go to the December 01, 2009 post on the ZWZ Blog for additional details.

The article on the Environmental Defense Fund site lists impressive 2009 and 2010 stats against a 2007 baseline for US Foodservices’ actions in fleet management, facility efficiencies among other areas.

Here is the beginning of the article:

U.S. Foodservice, one of America’s premier foodservice distributors, was one of the first in the KKR portfolio to join the Green Portfolio Program in 2008, helping to design and pilot the framework.

U.S. Foodservice has more than 25,000 employees in over 60 locations nationwide and operates one of the largest private trucking fleets in the country.

The company strives to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by continually investing in infrastructure, technology and protocols that help eliminate vehicle emissions and increase energy efficiency at its distribution centers.

To read the entire article and see the actual stats and learn how the USFS Team exercises its commitment to sustainability, click here. Ei is proud to include USFS as one of our charter sponsors.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sodexo serves-up Sustainability

Sodexo issued the below press release to recognize the college campuses serviced by Sodexo listed on the Green Honor Roll from the Princeton Review's second annual Green Rating.

Go Jackets!! Check out below where Georgia Tech received a perfect score. Note diverting food residuals for composting was the first item listed in the below announcement. Stay tuned for the launch of ZWZ~Westside where GA Tech will most likely be a charter participant.

In the Atlanta market Sodexo provides dining services for the following educational institutions: Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia State University, Emory University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia Tech.

An early supporter of foodservice sustainability, Sodexo was a founding member of the Green Foodservice Alliance, the original home of Zero Waste Zones, through Emory Dining Services.

Here goes the formal info on Sodexo's recognition for their stellar performance in implementing sustainable practices at college campuses ...

Sodexo Helps Clients Earn Sustainability Distinction

Green Honor Roll gives high marks for Sodexo-served campuses

Three campuses served by Sodexo earned a coveted top rating of 99 on The Princeton Review’s Second Annual Green Rating, which evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally-related policies, practices and academic offerings. Nearly one third of the campuses noted for their successful sustainability programs in the The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges, which was produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, are served by Sodexo.

“Sustainability is a strategic initiative for many of our campus clients so we work hard to deliver solutions that reduce waste, carbon emissions and source and serve locally-grown products,” said Tom Post, Sodexo president of campus services. “Today’s students want sustainable campus communities and we help deliver, knowing it helps our clients attract and retain students.”

Sodexo, through its contracted foodservice and facilities management, contributed to the following campuses earning green distinction, including Binghamton University, Colorado College, and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., launched a program that diverted 146 tons of food waste from local landfills through composting efforts this year, which moved Georgia Tech much closer to being waste neutral. Sodexo purchased more than $100,000 in local produce this year. GT Dining, the main resident dining hall, began to implement the results of an extensive energy audit. The audit included replacing older equipment with energy-efficient equipment and creating an energy plan to raise awareness and significantly reduce energy consumption. Sodexo is working with Georgia Tech administration, faculty, staff, vendors and students to set priorities to continue to reduce carbon emissions within food services by 26 percent.