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Sustainability/Going Green business updates

07/11/2014 09:37:00 AM
Chelsea Mies

Black Gold Farms earns certification

Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold Farms recently received a gold level certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize companies’ efforts toward environmental conscientiousness and energy efficiency.

The certification comes almost two years after the company moved into its new, more energy efficient headquarters.

The company is the only the third privately owned building in North Dakota with LEED certification, said Eric Halverson, executive vice president of technology for Black Gold Farms.


CHEP USA joins sustainability group

Atlanta-based CHEP USA joined The Sustainability Consortium’s packaging sector working group and transportation committee.

CHEP will work with industry, civil society, academic and government experts representing $2.4 trillion in revenue to improve product sustainability across the consumer goods industry, according to a news release.

“Sustainability is one of our shared values at CHEP and is reflected in the pallets that we use and our pooling business model, which offer significant sustainability advantages,” Vishal Patell, vice president of retail supply chain solutions for CHEP USA, said in the release.


Earthbound marks 30th anniversary

This year marks Earthbound Farm’s 30th anniversary. After 30 years, the organic grower continues its commitment to sustainability in a number of ways.

“Being organic farmers, that is the focal point — being green,” said Samantha Cabaluna, vice president of marketing and communications.

San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Earthbound continues to keep about 16.5 million pounds of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides out of the environment each year, Cabaluna said.

What started out as a 2½-acre organic farm has become America’s largest organic produce producer, with 48,000 acres of land.

Earthbound’s clamshells are also made out of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Cabaluna said its process of creating the clamshells uses 90% fewer resources.


Limoneira designs worker community

Limoneira Co., Santa Paula, Calif., has had sustainability practices in place for more than a century, and is extending its efforts into the surrounding community, according to the company.

Limoneira employs a variety of sustainability practices, including using solar energy, soil conservation and recycled mulch. It also recently created the Santa Paula East Area One planned community to provide farm worker housing, according to the company.

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