In clean tech land, sustainable food still wins the green medal
Palo Alto, Calif. – The Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters, (SCCLCV), which promotes local environmental protection, has selected Bon Appétit Management Company as their Green Business of the Year. The award will be presented on Wednesday, September 19th, at the historic McKenna House, as part of SCCLCV’s annual Environmental Awards and Fundraising Event.
The Bon Appétit company-wide initiative to buy locally, Farm to Fork, supports the preservation of local farmland. Vibrant local food economies curb city sprawl. Bon Appétit contributes to this strong, market-based defense against urbanization of the agricultural lands that ensure food safety, open space and community sustainability.
“As a leader in identifying ways to promote fresh, local produce, Bon Appétit has demonstrated to the greater community that business plays an important role in environmental protection,” says Rod Diridon, Sr., Executive Director of SCCLCV. “Curbing sprawl is crucial to saving natural resources, public funds, and even encouraging public transit improvements and use, providing a greater quality of life for individuals and community here in Santa Clara County.”
Bon Appétit cafés prominently display Circle of Responsibility educational tools that help guests identify foods according to the categories of: health, organic, locally and responsibly sourced. This program promotes the benefits of sustainable food to thousands of people who eat in Bon Appétit cafés every day. “Bon Appétit’s presence in Silicon Valley cafés has greatly raised awareness of local environmental issues,” says Diridon.
“We are proud to be recognized as good stewards of community resources,” says Chief Executive Fedele Bauccio. “We’ve worked very hard to grow sustainable food industries, and we are honored to be recognized by the SCCLCV for our environmental commitment.”
The Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters (SCCLCV) is dedicated to promoting local environmental protection by supporting and electing environmentally responsible candidates in Santa Clara County. A chapter of the statewide California League of Conservation Voters, SCCLCV works to achieve conservation and protection of natural resources, environmental justice, and sustainability, through educating the public on important ballot measures and sound environmental candidates.
About Bon Appétit Management Company
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an onsite restaurant company offering full food service management to corporations, universities and specialty venues. Bon Appétit is committed to sourcing sustainable, local foods for all cafés throughout the country. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs with Environmental Defense, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, The Humane Society of the United States, and other leading conservation organizations. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Bon Appétit has more than 400 cafés in 28 states, including Oracle Corporation, American University and the Getty Center.