My wife Gail and I were camping for a few days about three hours north of San Francisco on the coast, overlooking the forest and the Pacific. As we were talking I happened to be holding one of those little red plastic stirrers that you often find in a hotel or anyplace serving drinks — a bar, a coffee joint. Gail asked a very simple question: “where did that little red stirrer come from?” What ensued has become one of my personal favorite stories that exemplifies the extraordinary waste in our society and is an example of our company’s collective thinking around sustainability.
Receiving a business award has long been considered valuable for business owners, partners, employees and investors. But pursuing and receiving sustainability awards is a newer trend in recent years. Applying for and winning a sustainability award makes a statement that your organization doesn’t just stand for excellence, it stands for doing the right thing and making a positive impact.
In December of 2013, The Ken Blanchard Companies completed a REV Sustainability Circle. Since then, the company has excelled at finding innovative ways to accelerate their sustainability efforts. In this REV guest blog, Gary Onstad details one of their more creative activities.
Those of us who advocate for sustainability and work to find solutions to address the challenges of climate change come from backgrounds as diverse as humanity itself. Some are driven by a belief in the power of technology. Others by more personal reasons — a desire to ensure a healthy future for their children perhaps or right past wrongs. David Gatcha, REV’s director of sales for Orange & Riverside Counties, may fall into the latter.
With the passing of AB 1826, some California companies will be required to arrange for collection of their organic waste materials such as food and landscaping waste. However, smaller companies that do not fall under this mandate, and who are looking to become more sustainable in their operations, are initiating their own organics diversion program.