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Low Carbon Cuisine

Posted by on Sunday, 29 August, 2010

Businesses that produce less carbon emissions than their competitors can use this as a branding advantage. Low carbon restaurants provide food without burning as much fuel to bring it to the table. One of the easiest ways to reduce carbon emissions is to serve vegetarian and vegan food since meat production produces a lot of carbon emissions.

Universities can provide low carbon food in their dining halls. The University of Redlands offered low carbon foods to students at the school. Local foods, such as orange juice produced near Redlands, are a prominent feature. Transportation is a large source of carbon emissions. This event did include some meat dishes, so diners were served tilapia and turkey as an alternative to beef and chicken.

Bon Appetit, which provides the University of Redlands with food as well as many other schools, plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Low carbon meals are also available at the Grove City College, in Pennsylvania. Seafood and pork dishes are available here, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Some low carbon restaurants have additional environmental certifications. Founding Farmers has achieved LEED Gold Certification. LEED certifications are available to businesses at various levels such as gold and silver, depending on how much energy the business conserves. The restaurant uses other energy saving techniques, such as recyclable menus printed with soy ink and tables and chairs made from reclaimed wood.

Restaurant utensils can also be selected to conserve carbon. The dining hall at the University of New Hampshire offers compostable cups, forks, and knives, as well as takeout containers. This school also provides reusable cups to its students, as well as offering a discount if the students use the reusable cups to get drinks at the dining hall.

Green Business Cost Reduction

Posted by on Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Environmentally sustainable business methods do not necessarily lead to increases in expenses. Several things a business does to reduce its impact on the environment also reduce its overhead and manufacturing costs. Cost reduction in several areas improves the bottom line and the environment.

Telecommuting is one major way that a business can reduce environmental damage. If a job is performed from a worker’s home, the worker does not need to burn gas driving to work and send more carbon emissions into the air. Software improvements allow many work tasks to be performed from home, including article writing, financial calculations, and even meetings through teleconferencing software.

Food inventory control helps the environment. Restaurants, supermarkets, and conference centers discard huge quantities of excess food. By ordering foods that are most likely to be purchased, and receiving deliveries specifically when customers wish to purchase food, a company saves on waste removal as well as inventory expenses.

Logistics helps the environment. Delivery companies transport packages from warehouses to businesses and customers’ homes. Traveling during times of day when there is less traffic, including at night, reduces the amount of time the delivery truck sits in traffic and burns fuel, and provides faster delivery times. It’s still necessary for a worker to receive and authorize the package delivery, so the addition of extra shifts to make sure deliveries can be signed for is helpful.

Packaging reduction is another cost reduction tool. Many products contain several layers of packing material such as plastic, wax paper, and metal foil. Using packing methods which firmly compress large quantities of inventory so they do not have to be individually packaged is helpful, as well as using alternatives such as thin layers of material inflated with air to provide insulation.