Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif., received the U.S. Green Building Council TRUE platinum zero waste certification at three facilities in California while simultaneously achieving 90% energy independence from the utility grid through unique microgrid solutions. Together, the unique suite of investments and programs reduced 175,000 metric ton (MT) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in just two years, equivalent to 37,000 cars off the road annually.
The three facilities in Monterey, Calif., are said to be the first fresh food facilities to achieve the highest level of TRUE zero waste certification, diverting over 95% of materials from the environment, incinerators and landfills.
“Now more than ever before, we are noticing a shift in customers, consumers and business partners to be increasingly more aware of the source of their food and the sustainable practices behind that food production,” says Bruce Taylor, chairman and CEO. “We are proud that Taylor Farms is at the forefront of developing and identifying sustainability practices that are breaking down barriers and establishing new norms within the industry. Consumers should be confident that our product offerings are helping them to lead healthy lives while contributing to a healthy environment and healthy communities.”
Taylor Farms partnered with Concentric Power, Campbell, Calif.; Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale, Calif.; REC Solar, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Foundation Wind Power, San Francisco, who share a mission to preserve environmental health. The microgrid energy solutions are comprised by renewable and alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, fuel cells and cogeneration.
Through the EMS programs, Taylor Farms pledges to roll out zero waste programs nationwide, establishing a new standard for environmental sustainability throughout the country with the support from partners like sustainability consultants, Measure to Improve (MTI).
“When implementing Taylor Farms EMS program, our main goal is to preserve a healthier world for future generations to come. We are so thrilled to have been recognized and receive this historic certification for the work we are doing at these facilities,” says Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability. “It’s exciting to look forward to the future and start to understand the change that we can have as an industry if we continue to put sustainability at the forefront of our efforts.”