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New Member Highlight: Clif Bar – A Different Kind of Company



Clif Bar & Company, a leader in organic energy food for athletes and active people, strives to run a different kind of company – one based not on profit alone but on five bottom lines the company calls its “Five Aspirations.” Those Aspirations – sustaining the company’s business, brands, people, community, and the planet – serve as the guiding principles for every decision Clif Bar makes. For its people, this means sharing ownership of the company and creating an inspiring workplace. It also means building a sustainable business and supporting the communities where Clif Bar lives, works, and plays. Clif Bar is based in Emeryville, California with bakeries in Twin Falls, Idaho and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Environmental sustainability comes to life at Clif Bar through four focus areas: Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Clean Energy and Climate Action, Zero Waste, and Natural Resource Conservation.


Highlights from the work in these areas include:

Sustainable Food & Agriculture

  • Over a dozen Clif brands are certified organic or “made with organic”, including CLIF BAR, LUNA, CLIF Kid Zbar and CLIF BLOKS energy chews.
  • 888 million pounds of organic ingredients purchased since 2003; 77% of all ingredients used are certified organic and/or sustainable with a goal to reach 80% by 2020.
  • Largest private funder in organic research in the U.S. and committed to endowing five chairs in organic research in public, land-grant universities with two established at University of Wisconsin and Washington State.

Clean Energy & Climate Action 

  • 100% green power for electricity used at all facilities with approximately 80% of the electricity at Clif headquarters generated by a 500-kW rooftop solar array.
  • Supply chain partners are provided with free consulting through Clif Bar’s 50/50 by 2020 program to help suppliers transition to green power for the electricity used to make Clif Bar’s ingredients, packaging, products and services.
  • Climate neutral business operations since 2003 and over a decade advocating for strong climate policy with partners like Ceres and Protect Our Winters.

Zero Waste

  • Moving towards zero waste at Clif Bar headquarters, bakeries and distribution centers with a 2020 goal of 90 percent or more waste diversion from landfills and incineration. The company achieved 89 percent waste diversion in 2017.
  • 100% recycled paperboard caddies and a 10% packaging reduction of Clif Bar’s wrapper in 2016 has avoided 500,000 lbs. of film to date.


Natural Resource Conservation

  • Long-term partnerships to support groups like the Conservation Alliance, Surfrider, Winter Wildlands Alliance and other nonprofits to Protect the Places we Play.
  • Over 135,000 trees planted in partnership with American Forests and other non-profit partners.

Employee Engagement

  • Sustainability benefit program provides financial support for employees to purchase of fuel efficient hybrids or electric vehicles (over 430 purchased to date), commuter bikes, and energy-saving home improvements.
  • Employees are provided the opportunity to volunteer on company time. In 2017 employees donated 19,847 hours of community service.

Clif Bar is excited to be a part of the GSA and working with alliance members toward shared goals and vision for a healthy, sustainable future. To learn more about Clif Bar’s Sustainability Journey and the company’s Five Aspiration Business Model, visit www.clifbar.com.

Registration Now Open for NatureWorks’ 6th Innovation Takes Root

By Taiwan News Online

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MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 3, 2018–NatureWorks announced today that registration is now open for the sixth biennial Innovation Takes Root (ITR) biomaterials forum. The forum will be held September 10 – 12 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, Calif. NatureWorks expects more than 300 attendees comprised of brandowners, retailers, marketers, packaging professionals, process engineers, product designers, researchers, manufacturers, and sustainability managers from over 25 countries.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180503006097/en/

More than 300 people are expected to attend Innovation Takes Root 2018 from over 25 countries. Early bird discounted registration begins now and runs through June 1 for the September 10-12 event to be held in San Diego. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Whether you are a product or service provider or just somebody who wants to understand what’s happening in the bioplastics industry, I recommend strongly that you come to Innovation Takes Root,” says Justin Zeulner of the Green Sports Alliance. “This is a conference where you will learn a lot and have the opportunity to collaborate with others, developing partnerships that will last a lifetime.”

Jim Nangeroni, Director – Applications Development and ITR Program Co-Chair, adds, “The first ITR in 2008 brought together engineers and scientists from the Ingeo™ plastics and fibers supply chains to share technical developments in our burgeoning industry. Ten years later, ITR has evolved so that it now draws thought leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, and business leaders together with the scientists and engineers from the supply chain for a full-scale immersion into rethinking and remaking products as we lead our industry into the renewable age.”

Read the full story here.

Johnson Controls Partners with AtmosAir Solutions to Offer Enhanced Air Purification

AtmosAirTM Solutions


Fairfield, CT – January 17, 2018 – Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the leading supplier of air handling and building controls equipment worldwide, and AtmosAirTM Solutions, the leading manufacturer of air purification systems using Bi-Polar Ionization, have partnered to deliver measurably cleaner indoor air quality. This collaboration will help JCI provide outstanding air purification performance in their YORK Air Handling Systems.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Johnson Controls,” stated Steve Levine, President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. who manufacturers the AtmosAirTM Solutions product line. “There has been so much recent press and research on the negative impact poor indoor air quality has on people’s health and well-being. We look forward to working together with our partners at JCI for the betterment of people, buildings, and companies. We believe that with JCI’s leadership, the AtmosAirTM product line will be able to address the need for better Indoor Air Quality across the globe.”
JCI will design and manufacture AtmosAirTM air purification as a standard option within their YORK® Air Handling Systems. The enhanced system will deliver highly efficient, chemical-free air purification, providing healthy indoor air quality. AtmosAirTM purification systems generate bi-polar ions that are carried into the space where people live, work and play to significantly reduce harmful particulates, VOCs, allergens, mold, odors, bacteria and viruses. AtmosAirTM technology is a sustainable solution as it actively enhances indoor air quality which allows buildings to reduce outside air per ASHRAE’s 62.1 IAQ procedure, saving energy and operating costs.
“Bi-polar ionization products from AtmosAir™ strengthen our growing strategy to provide innovative factory-integrated IAQ solutions in the YORK® family of air handling products. AtmosAirTM is the leading manufacturer of air purification using bi-polar ionization technology. We look forward to future opportunities to deliver this IAQ solution to our customers,” said Rob Tanner, Director of Marketing for Air Handling Systems at Johnson Controls.
Clean indoor air quality represents a major step toward transforming spaces into high-performance buildings, taking a fresh approach to performance while creating environments that are healthy, comfortable, and efficient.
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