No one knows all the answers or the always the best way to do things. In almost every successful business or life event, it takes a combination of many minds to reach the best solutions. Especially when trying to develop and implement new programs, the ideas, input, and feedback from a variety of positions is imperative. Over the past few years we have started a number of sustainability programs that have stemmed from the collaboration of passionate people making up our Green Team. While the team has thought up some great programs and initiatives, we have also relied on the assistance from our vendor partners, successes and failures of similar programs, ongoing research and the perspective of those outside our industry.
One way we work to increase our knowledge and awareness has been by attending conferences and meetings focused on sustainability education. While we have attended national conferences geared specifically towards the grocery and food industry, there is a wealth of resources right here in Utah that has proven to be very beneficial. A particularly helpful aid for us has been our membership in the Recycling Coalition of Utah. Through our involvement with meetings and activities we have had the opportunity to learn from, and work with, people covering a wide spectrum of interests. From government entities and community organizations to manufacturers and service providers, we have been able to establish relationships and connections with many passionate and knowledgeable people. The more we can learn from these great resources the better we can become at realizing our sustainability goals. Continue Reading »