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Purchasing fresh, canned, and frozen produce

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Local Food
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
Questions to ask suppliers and to take into consideration when making purchasing decisions about fresh, canned, and frozen produce. 

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Bronson Healthcare: Serving local eggs

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Food Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Bronson Healthcare
Bronson Healthcare,the largest employer in southwest Michigan, serves nearly two million meals per year. Bronson Healthcare has a goal to source 70 percent of their food locally.

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Food Purchasing Tools: Infant Formula

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Guide
Use these suggested environmental considerations in your RFP’s or RFI’s as a way to evaluate supplier responses or guide decisions in the purchasing process.  

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Gundersen Health System: Food waste prevention tracking system

  • Food
  • Food Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Gundersen
  • Waste
  • Food
  • food waste
  • Toolkit
(Less food to landfill toolkit) Gundersen Health System's commitment to environmental stewardship led to the creation of its Envision® Program. One of the key initiatives of the program is waste management and control. Food and Nutrition and Sustainability leaders identified a significant opportunity to reduce preconsumer food waste, to both lower the organization’s carbon footprint and to save…

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Gunderson food waste case study

Purchasing non-dairy beverages

  • Food
  • Purchasing
Questions to ask suppliers and to take into consideration when making purchasing decisions about non-dairy beverages.  

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Gundersen Health System: Food waste prevention tracking system

  • Food
  • Food Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Gundersen
  • Waste
  • Food
  • food waste
  • Toolkit
(Less food to landfill toolkit) Gundersen Health System's commitment to environmental stewardship led to the creation of its Envision® Program. One of the key initiatives of the program is waste management and control. Food and Nutrition and Sustainability leaders identified a significant opportunity to reduce preconsumer food waste, to both lower the organization’s carbon footprint and to save…

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Gunderson food waste case study

Why less food to landfill

  • Food
  • Toolkit
  • food waste
  • Waste
(Less food to landfill toolkit) More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). Fifty-two million tons of food is sent to landfills annually (equating to 21 percent of landfill volume), plus another 10 million tons is discarded or left unharvested on farms.

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HealthPartners: Food waste avoidance through composting and animal feeding

  • Food
  • Case Study
  • HealthPartners
  • food waste
  • Waste
  • Toolkit
(Less food to landfill toolkit) In 2015, HealthPartners diverted 88 tons of food waste to livestock feed, 17 tons to a commercial compost facility, and almost 1.5 tons was composted on-site at one of the five hospitals. Waste removal fees were reduced by $8,800 in 2015.

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HealthPartners food waste case study

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