→ Executive Summary Introduction We live in a world filled with concerns about climate change, food and health, pollution and degradation of the environment, and other aspects of sustainability. Unfortunately, the problems are growing at exponential rates. When we look at the causes, it becomes clear that many of our current practices cause or contribute to the problems. … [Read more...] about Sustainability Practices for Cafés & Restaurants
I'm very pleased to be able to point to projects that students completed this summer — check out the impressive results! Emma Coppock [Lehigh '20], Marayna Dorsey [Shippensburg '20], and Joseph Yashur [Cedar Crest '20] completed a project on Sustainability for Cafés and Restaurants. In the process, they also helped a number of restaurants solve specific sustainability … [Read more...] about Summer interns’ work!
Businesses have a profound effect on sustainability. Businesses are permitted to externalize many of the costs associated with producing, using, and disposing of their products, which means that the cost and damage is shared by everyone. For example: Coal sells as a commodity at about $50/ton. Experts estimate that the extraction and burning of coal creates additional costs to … [Read more...] about Sustainability & Business
The Alliance has had a strong interest in food issues since its formation in 2004, and food is a major concern in our initiatives on campus sustainability and the strong connections of food and health; a number of interns have completed projects on the sustainability and health impacts of food and campus dining services. If you want to see sustainable food on your campus, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Campus Dining Resources
by Reid Boyer Forward-thinking companies realize the value in providing sustainable, renewable, organic, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, sweatshop-free, biodegradable, and locally-produced products and services. In the long run, our steadfast demand for such products will yield greater profits to ethical suppliers. I believe that this country’s political process can no longer … [Read more...] about Sustainability Is Good Business
There are many steps that can be taken to promote sustainability in food businesses. Today, there are numerous concerns that trouble businesses that are attempting to become more sustainable. This is because of the financial, environment, and psychological benefits that result from doing so. If a business is willing to make sustainability a priority, the tasks to complete this … [Read more...] about Sustainability in Food Businesses
Sustainability in Businesses That Serve Food How can food-serving businesses operate more sustainably? That's the question explored by a Lehigh University MBA candidate this summer, and here's what he found. Introduction What is sustainability? Considered from an economic perspective, sustainable businesses seek to maximize stakeholder value (owners, employees, customers, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Restaurants
With institutional service, what is not eaten is an important part of sustainable practices that contribute to public health. Commercial kitchens create a large amount of waste in preparation, leftovers, and food left on plates; this waste pollutes groundwater, generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and increases disposal costs. It is not enough to change the food we … [Read more...] about Food Service Operations