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Waste Less Solutions Introduces Restaurant Certification Program

Welcome to SLCgreen Connections, an occasional series highlighting SLCgreen’s fantastic local partners—the people and organizations with whom we work closely to make Salt Lake City a greener, more vibrant, and sustainable city!

On average, we waste one full meals worth of food ever 2.3 days. In a state in which many people are food insecure, discarded edible food is a substantial waste. Food waste is also financially wasteful and uneaten food – especially meat – contributes to a larger carbon footprint. Luckily, Salt Lake City based nonprofit Waste Less Solutions is working to solve the food waste problem. Founder and President Dana Williamson started Waste Less Solutions in 2017 in an effort to reduce food waste in our community. The food rescue program works to divert edible food from donors in the food industry to individuals experiencing food insecurity with the help of receiving agencies including the YWCA, Rescue Mission, and the Boys & Girls Club. To date, Waste Less Solutions has saved 339,048 pounds of food, serving 282,540 meals to underfed community members, and saving $586,533 worth of food.

Scan of a fact sheet on recycled seed paper. Text is in green and orange and black. At the top is a green and orange stripe. Green text reads "DID YOU KNOW" followed by two columns of facts. "If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China" 
"Reducing our food waste is the third best solution to reverse greenhouse hases"
"55% of leftover restaurant food doesn't get taken home"
"38% of leftovers taken home aren't eaten"
"Did you know the best way to reheat pizza is in a skillet"
Below the columns reads "when planning your week, plan a leftover night to make sure your leftovers are enjoyed. Create an 'eat first shelf' in your fridge; put your leftovers there so family knows it's something they are encouraged to enjoy."

At the bottom in larger font reads Enjoy Your Leftovers and a orange carrot Waste Less Solutions logo. The bottom of the page reads "This handmade paper is embedded with a hearty mix of wildflower seeds. Plant this card under a thin layer of soil and water thoroughly."
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Join Us for Green Drinks November 13!

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Do you care about sustainability? Are you looking to meet others who do as well? Are you interested in learning about local businesses that support the environment?

If the answer is YES, please join us for the annual e2 Business -sponsored Green Drinks event coming up on Tuesday, November 13! It’s free to attend.

The e2 business program is SLCgreen’s very own sustainability consulting and marketing program. The businesses that participate receive expert consultation and guidance in incorporating sustainable business practices that will save money and reduce their impact on the environment. It’s free for any business located in Salt Lake City limits. Our office then has the fun opportunity to promote and highlight the sustainable achievements of these businesses.

The SLC Chapter of Green Drinks International was founded in January of 2007 and is a fun, informal opportunity for anyone interested in sustainability to get together over drinks and talk “green.” Networking events occur several times per year. Everyone is welcome. Bring business cards! Read more

e2 Business Best Practice: Future of Food Waste

On Tuesday, e2 Business members gathered at the Central Valley Water Reclamation facility to learn about anaerobic digestion and how it can help solve the long standing issue of what to do to “recycle” food waste and prevent it from ending up in our valley’s landfills. And by food waste they mean just about anything — from bread, to fish, to expired milk and everything in between!
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Glen Perry is Vice President of ALPRO Energy & Water, the project development firm that has partnered with Momentum Recycling and Central Valley Water Reclamation facility to develop the proposed food waste anaerobic digester.

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The group noshed on delicious vegan sandwiches, salads and burritos from Bud’s Sandwich Company as they learned the ins and outs of anaerobic digestion (and its similarities to human digestion — interesting lunch talk!)

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Kate Whitbeck with Momentum Recycling shared how their organization plans to play a roll in providing the “feedstock” for the anaerobic digester in the form of post-consumer food waste, primarily from restaurants.

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Following the discussion, the group took a tour of the Central Valley Water Reclamation facility, highlights including a rooftop view of the reactors and waste digesters. Learn more about the waste operations at the facility.

Green your business with the help of Salt Lake City’s e2 business program!

Become an Entrepreneur: Join the 2015 Startup Incubator

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HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Complete The Application.
Step 2:  Fill out a MOKR document, and email it to:  sustainablestartups@gmail.com 
What is a MOKR document you ask?  Get directions and see an example.

The next cohort starts June 2015

THE WHAT

  • 12 week cohort style program. Through weekly morning meetings, participants learn the Lean Startup framework and receive mentorship from their peers.
  • Program utilizes Steven Blank’s “How to Build a Startup” course.
  • Participants learn the MOKR and Management Report structure based on Quatere’s Foundry program. This reporting and management system increases efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
  • Participants learn to incorporate triple bottom-line values into their business models, and build startups that have real, lasting impact on their communities.

THE WHO

  • Anyone from any background is welcome to apply. You don’t need a business degree, loads of experience, or fancy software skills to be a great entrepreneur. All you need is an idea, coachability, drive and a willingness to get out of your element and ask the right questions.
  • For-profit, non-profit and hybrid concepts are all welcome to apply. We give no preference to industry, take no equity and give no funding. Our incubator is about supporting and educating driven people wanting to change the world through entrepreneurship.
  • Our incubator focuses on proving concepts and validating business models. Participants are welcome to work on multiple concepts simultaneously and iterate as they learn throughout the program.

THE WHY

  • Salt Lake needs more entrepreneurs working to solve substantive community problems. Create the change you want to see.
  • Learn the lean startup framework, and prove your concept with minimal resources and budget.
  • Become more effective in your work, learn how to prioritize and get things done.
  • Entrepreneurship can be lonely. Join a network of fellow entrepreneurs, get support, and become more accountable to yourself and others.

e2 Business Best Practice Lunch Series Returns, Tackles Core Values

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Today marked the first Salt Lake City e2 Business Best Practice lunch, hosted by Sustainable Startups and catered by Bud’s. The topic of discussion was incorporating new core values into existing business frameworks, and the group heard from eBay, USANA and Larry H. Miller Group about their sustainability initiatives, successes and missteps.

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Ken Vance with eBay shared how they have used the core value of reuse to drive innovation, including building the country’s first LEED certified data center, and integrate with other businesses and nonprofits, Patagonia’s Common Threads program among them, to forward that goal.

Jeff Robertson with USANA shared how the company has been shifting from a traditional sales model to a more modern one based on the value of health promotion and better health outcomes. He shared that they have found most success with the “light and often” approach to talking about heavier issues like climate change and air quality.

Robert Bell with Larry H. Miller Group shared how their efforts to clearly define their core values has laid the groundwork for further sustainability initiatives in their growing company.

Ian_SustainableStartupsThanks to Sustainable Startups for hosting us at your new location! Learn more about how Sustainable Startups is helping incubate new businesses in Salt Lake City.

CoffeeThe e2 Business program is a free program offered to Salt Lake City’s businesses. Participating businesses receive expert consultation and guidance in incorporating sustainable business practices that will save money and reduce their impact on the environment. The Best Practice Lunch Series takes place March-August and features in-depth discussions on a variety of topics pertinent to today’s business community.

 

e2 + Green Drinks = A Great Event

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On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Green Drinks joined forces with SLCgreen’s e2 Business Program to host an evening of delicious food, refreshing drinks and amazing networking among SLC’s sustainability community at Local First Utah.

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Peter Nelson with SLCgreen’s e2 business program welcomed the group to SLC Green Drinks and talked about how the e2 Business program helps businesses pave the way towards more sustainable practices. Learn more.

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The group noshed on delicious food from Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine and enjoyed beverages from both Epic Brewing Company and Uinta Brewing (all Salt Lake City e2 businesses!)

Green Drinks 4Local First Utah generously donated their space, located in the heart of the Central Ninth Business District, for the event. Thanks to everyone who attended!

 

e2 Business Yearbook: 2014

Did you know that Salt Lake City maintains a network of local businesses committed to reducing their environmental impact? These green businesses belong to the e2 Business Program, a 100+ list of SLC businesses that are taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and seeing a positive return on their balance sheets.

The e2 program recently hosted their annual Members Night with Mayor Ralph Becker at Wasatch Brew Pub in Sugar House. At that event, they unveiled the 2014 e2 Business Yearbook, highlighting a year of standout initiatives and fantastic networking by SLC’s top businesses.

Check out the new e2 Business Yearbook for the full scoop!

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Green Drinks Recap: Even Stevens Sandwiches

Blog by SLCgreen’s Laura Schmidt

This past Tuesday, Green Drinks gathered at Salt Lake City’s Even Stevens Sandwiches.

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From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., we Green Drink-ers ate delicious sandwiches provided by Even Stevens and sipped beers from Wasatch. It was a time to chat and network.

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At about 7 p.m., we learned about one of the city’s newest B-Corporations. Did you know that for every sandwich purchased at Even Stevens, the ingredients for another sandwich are donated to one of four local non-profits (YWCA, The Rescue Mission, Volunteers of America, and The Good Samaritan Program)?

To date, they’ve donated enough ingredients to make more than 17,000 sandwiches!

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Green Drinks allows for plenty of time to get to know local “green” businesses and to fill up on great food and good conversation. These events occur once a month and at a different “green venue” each time. Stay informed on their Facebook page.

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We’ll see you in November!

e2 Business: Clark’s Auto & Tire

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This e2 business profile was written by SLCgreen intern Lauren Mills. Learn more about Salt Lake City’s e2 Businesses.

Sitting on a quaint neighborhood corner in downtown Salt Lake is an auto shop decorated with green garage doors and sunflowers printed up the sides. Besides the earthy appeal, one might easily assume that this building is simply your basic auto shop like any other. However, take a peek inside (or outside if you prefer), and you will quickly discover that this little auto shop is hardly your average business.

Founded in 1964, Clark’s Auto & Tire began as a typical service location for all vehicles. In 2010, current owner Alan Boyer took over the shop. Having grown up from a young age into the auto business, Alan is nothing short of an expert on all things maintenance—the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a young boy, Alan recalls working in shops and “filling up 55 gallon trashcans of paper and plastic, just to put it in the dumpster.” What does this have to do with running an auto shop? Here’s where Alan’s unique expertise comes into play.

After six months of gaining familiarity with Clark’s, Alan made the brave decision to transform the shop into a fully sustainable and eco-friendly auto business. Initially, Alan struggled to find any useful strategies or resources to aid the development of his plan. However, this was hardly an obstacle; Alan simply set to work creating sustainability plans on his own. The results are highly impressive and visible, both inside and out.

On the roof of the shop, Alan has installed solar panels that provide 2.5 kilowatts of energy for usage throughout the building. The TV above the front desk is directly powered by this solar energy, and displays a continuous scroll of the shop’s energy consumption levels as a means of keeping inventory. Surrounding the sides of the shop are specified tubs for recycling scrap metal, tin cans, and oil. You are also likely to see several bikes strapped up to posts, as many of Alan’s staff members have hopped on board with his eco-friendly initiatives and now choose alternative methods of transportation to work. Think this is neat? Wait until you look inside.

Alan has replaced all the old lighting systems from the previous Clark’s design with energy efficient LED bulbs throughout the shop. In the garages, only a single air-compressor car jack remains on account of limited space. Alan keeps a clean shop as well; in addition to the numerous recycling and garbage bins located around the machines (as you will quickly discover that there is nearly nothing that does not get recycled), Alan ensures that there is zero contaminant leakage from his garage into water drains.

Even better, Alan has provided the resources to influence his staff to work sustainably as well. On a mission to eliminate paper and plastic waste, Alan has designated a section in the shop for lunch breaks, complete with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and actual sets of plates and silverware. The evolution of Alan’s staff is arguably one of his greatest achievements, as these young adults have gained an entirely new interest in sustainable operations, eco-friendly cars, and have notably adopted a much more environmentally-conscious way of life. As Alan proudly states, “they’re not the same kids.”

In terms of specific auto services, the combination of Alan’s extensive knowledge and his passion for sustainability is what truly sets Clark’s Auto above the rest. The shop offers services and repairs to both gasoline cars and hybrids or electric vehicles (E.V.’s). Perhaps one of Alan’s most impressive services is battery repair: rather than tossing an entire battery to an unknown disposal location (as many auto shops and dealers do), Alan specializes in analyzing faulty car batteries (particularly in hybrid vehicles) to pinpoint the specific problem, repair it, and rebuild the battery to proper functioning power. This saves time, waste, and especially money for the customers.

Additionally, Alan is now offering a training on how to own, operate, and service hybrid vehicles and E.V.’s, in hopes of increasing public awareness of both the long-term cost benefits and environmental outcomes of owning a hybrid vehicle. And seeing as he drives a Prius himself, there is no doubt that Alan truly practices what he preaches. Along the wise words of one of his favorite athletes, Wayne Gretzky, Alan states “I’m not going where the puck is; I’m going where I think the puck is going to be…I think the future is where these Prius-type cars are.”

So the next time your car seems to act up on the road, or your battery goes dead, or even if you’re in need of a simple oil change, don’t hesitate to head straight for Clark’s Auto. Because what could feel better than doing both yourself and the environment a favor? Just ask Alan.