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Environmentally conscious, canned and edible

It is not every day you go to the grocery store and pick up a can of food by a manufacturer who develops, implements and expands green policies for its company. Welcome Bruce Foods.

Consistent with most companies, they include their “about us” page where they highlight their ideas and about how they do business. Bruce Foods is no exception except their list includes visions and values that speak of innovation, quality, safety, respect, openess and integrity, doing the right thing. Nice, so what are they doing?

According to Bruce Foods, located in New Iberia Louisiana, they have been a responsible corporate citizen and respectful of the environment before government mandates.

Their goals are to -

  • To lead in the development of sustainability programs.
  • Continue to embrace Green policies for the future and be proactive.
  • Reduce energy consumption with particular emphasis on carbon fossil fuels.
  • Eliminate greenhouse gases that are harmful to the environment and cause global warming.
  • Capturing methane gas emissions in our on-site recovery program to use in place of natural gas as an alternative energy source in thermal processing.

Results to date, substantial reduction in energy costs from reduced consumption of natural gas. 40% reduction in on-site greenhouse gas emissions.

Looking forward they plan to -

  • Continue the expansion of Green policies to increase methane gas recovery and application.
  • Further reduction of natural gas consumption.
  • Further reduction of energy costs.
  • Continue to play their part to reduce global warming and efficiently deliver low cost, high quality consumer products.

Ongoing -

  • Recycle all paper and plastic materials waste from all four plants.
  • Extensive water recovery and recycling to reduce water consumption

Certainly, more companies could take a clue from Bruce Foods and follow suit. My editor found Bruce Foods canned yams at a Fort Lauderdale Publix and thought it deserved a follow-up, I agree. We need to show support for companies that take pride in doing the right thing.

Think you know of a company that deserves to be highlighted or you yourself own a company that deserves the green spotlight? Send it to me and I will be more than happy to highlight and promote what you are doing to positively impact our environment.

About Valerie J. Amor:
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .

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Posted by Valerie J. Amor on Dec 18 2010. Filed under Broward County, Business, Emerging Green, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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