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Reduce your impact with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Since their inception, BEF has pioneered several projects to engage communities, conserve water, and help companies reduce their carbon footprints. They also offer consulting to large corporations in need of support to help them meet their sustainability goals and objectives. To use their words, the BEF are entrepreneurs for the planet. 

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5 reasons why you should pay attention to the Portland Trail Blazers

It’s hard to believe we’re three months into 2016. Being that we’re in the heart of basketball season, it seems only natural to talk about one of our favorite teams in the NBA: The Portland Trail Blazers.

Not only are they shaking up the race to the playoffs with a hot winning streak, but the Trail Blazers are really living up to their name when it comes to sustainability.

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Zero Waste: What We Can Learn from Diageo’s Sustainable Business Practices

From Ketel One to Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal and Guinness, Diageo’s brands are recognized across the globe. A leader in the beverage industry, Diageo is responsible for brands in spirits, beer, and wine, and collectively, the company produces 6.5 billion liters of product annually in over 30 countries.  

With such a large footprint, sustainability and responsibility is a focused investment area for Diageo; a part of their purpose “to help our consumers celebrate life, every day, everywhere, and to do so responsibly.”

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The Buzz Behind Fair Trade Coffee Companies and Sustainability

There is a lot of buzz around sustainability in the coffee industry. Stop in your local coffee shop and you are likely to find biodegradable cups, stories about the farmers who source the shop's beans, and the fair trade-certified label next to the coffee selection. As Triple Pundit put it, sustainability in the coffee industry has transformed into "a fully recognized strategic business management tool."

Grant Wish, writer for Stand4 Magazine, pulled together a great list of 15 fair trade coffee companies that are championing sustainability (including our very own Minnesota-grown, Spyhouse). Check out his article below and be sure to check out his post over at Stand4.

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How Anheuser-Busch is Championing Sustainability

Anheuser-Busch is no stranger to sustainability. Listed at the top of the charts for brewing companies across both the U.S. and the globe, Anheuser-Busch holds a nearly 50% share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. With that title comes a leadership obligation, one that the company has taken seriously when it comes to sustainability efforts in the beverage industry.

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7 Winemakers On Top of Sustainability Practices

Sustainability in the winemaking business seems to be common practice these days. A number of certifications now exist for vineyards and wineries to highlight their sustainability practices, from energy efficiency to biodiversity, waste management and more.

While certifications exist across regions, we took a look at two California-based certification programs to find out what they look for in sustainable vineyards. The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is California’s first third-party certified sustainable winegrowing program. According to their website, the Lodi Rules “takes a comprehensive approach to farming that goes beyond just pest management to promote practices that enhance biodiversity, water and air quality, soil health, and employee and community well-being.” If a winemaker wants to bear the Lodi Rules seal, their wine must be at least 85% produced using ingredients from certified vineyards, and vineyards need to qualify for certification annually.

Another California-based certification program, Sustainability in Practice (SIP), touts over 32,000 certified acres across California. The program focuses on factors such as: Air and water quality, social responsibility, integrated pest management, and continuing education. They, too, require a minimum of 85% certified fruit in order to bare the SIP seal.

We took a look at Lodi Rules- and SIP-certified winemakers across California, and picked 7 of our favorite sustainable wineries right now:

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