SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Sept. 17)—U.S. Foodservice (USF)-San Francisco this week partnered with several Bay-area organizations to showcase ways in which companies can maximize green business practices. At its 2009 Fall Food Show, USF joined with the Bay Area Green Business Program, StopWaste, and Pacific Gas & Electric to offer tips on green initiatives ranging from recycling and achieving energy efficiency, to purchasing sustainable goods.
Among the advice that was offered:
- Partner with utilities, such as PE&E, which offer incentives for business owners who curtail their facility energy use during times of peak demand. This helps the system better weather peak times while reducing energy costs.
- Encourage employee participation with commuter initiatives. Initiate a vanpool or provide preferential parking for carpooling participants.
- Use recycled, biodegradable and compostable paper products. Try reusable mugs instead of paper cups.
- Replace older appliances and technology with new Energy Star-compliant units.
- Consider alternate lighting options. Today’s energy-efficient bulbs produce the same amount of light but use less energy to do it.
- Recycle water from refrigeration units.
"Our ability to offer green-certified products and services is an important factor that distinguishes U.S. Foodservice from other foodservice providers,” said Phil Collins, president of the division. “We encourage our customers to appreciate and adopt green business practices, and are proud to offer sustainable product lines that allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and be a better corporate neighbor in the Bay area."
USF-San Francisco, California’s only green-certified broadline food distributor, also offers green business tips through its toll-free Green Business Hotline at 1-800-682-1228 ext. 353.