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Reduce your kWh in this manner, you'll reduce your future sustainability program costs, such as solar with fewer panels needed to meet your energy needs, all while mitigating the risks of increasing energy costs.  Effective ways to reduce kWh are to ensure that the air your bus...

Five reasons companies do not deploy sustainability solutions

Minding their own business a farmer rotates his crops for the best yield. A brewer founded a brewery to make the best beer. A chef opened a restaurant to serve the best taco. A distributor expands her territory to distribute more efficiently. They all have strong values and are g...

Has a supplier ever asked you to do something “green” that increased your costs?

Did you wish you had the time to investigate the facts before responding? I understand because, for decades, I was on the receiving end of similar requests as a corporate affairs executive, first for big brewers and then for big food and beverage distributors.  Sustainability w...

Distributors are about to feel a sustainable squeeze.

Brands have long been on the front lines of sustainability expectations due to concern for the environment from consumers, shareholders, and the media. However, independent operators such as distributors will soon feel the pressure from both their suppliers and publicly traded re...

Lighten your operating cost.

This one baffles me, the amount of fluorescent and metal halide lights that are still out there being used, and the number of burnt-out lights in high bays. Come on… LED lighting has been around for what seems like forever, (the 1980s for commercial use.)  Most businesses thi...

HVAC/R is the most expensive warehouse cost per sq ft.

Air conditioning and refrigeration systems (HVAC/R) are responsible for a significant proportion of an entire building’s energy consumption. It is the most expensive cost for the average beer distributor per square foot.  A typical HVAC/R system accounts for 40% of a distribu...

Invest a little now or a lot later in a much hotter world.

The latest IPCC report is grim. So much so that you might have employees who are feeling hopeless. Communicating what you are doing to reduce your company's greenhouse gas emissions could comfort and even motivate them. If you don't have a sustainability plan yet, get going.  W...

IPCC - You Know Me?

Climate Report Will Drive Policy Change The climate scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) put another report and the news was terrible. In a nutshell, it's getting hot in here. The report says climate change is real; humans are increasing the speed...