GSC partners with the MA Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to Develop Sustainability BMPs

on February 16, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

FRESH CoalitionThe Grocery Stewardship Certification is partnering with the Massachusetts Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to develop sustainability “best management practices” (BMPs) for improving the environmental performance of food retailers.

Food retail establishments are at an informative stage where they are practicing “random acts of greenness” but need help conducting the right practices in the best ways.  To provide high-quality guidance, a group of public and private stakeholders in New England created the FRESH Coalition to develop a wiki-based catalog of BMPs that improve a store’s operational efficiency and sustainability.  The FRESH Coalition assembles a team of business, government, and NGO experts to produce and vet each BMP.

These BMPs will focus on energy efficiency, waste elimination, water conservation, hazardous materials use reduction and other activities that improve organizational performance, minimize cost, enhance health and safety, and curtail environmental impacts on site and throughout the food supply chain. The first BMP on Thin Plastic Film Recycling will be published shortly atwww.freshcoalition.com.

Manomet’s GSC will serve on the FRESH Coalition’s Steering Committee along with the MA Food Association, Whole Foods Market, Roche Bros., Hannaford, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), MassRecycle and Ocean Spray.