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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.

Green Sports Day: Delaware North

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Progressive Field – Grind2Energy – Cleveland, OH

Delaware North ‘feeds’ Progressive Field’s Grind2Energy system to convert 80% to 90% of our food waste from all areas in the ballpark into energy. That is enough to power about 350 homes a month or 26 homes a year. Link here to learn more about a featured story by Fox 8 News.


Nationwide Arena – Palm Leaf Plates Reduce Plastic Waste – Columbus, OH

To reduce plastic waste from our suites, Delaware North converted to Verterra Palm Leaf plates, which are certified compostable, return to the earth in 2 months, 100% renewable, and use 90% less energy than recycling. Fallen leaves are harvested rather than cutting down any trees. Compared to last year’s usage, we will keep 25,000 pounds of plastic out of the landfill this season!


Target Field Landfill Diversion (Recycling and Organic Waste) – Minneapolis, MN

To increase landfill diversion at Target Field for the 2018 season, Delaware North placed a total of 101 new blue recycling bins and green compost bins to make recycling easy at every concession stand.


Little Caesars Arena The Last Straw – Detroit, MI

Delaware North at Little Caesars Arena implemented The Last Straw campaign to reduce plastic waste by offering single-use plastic straws on a request-only basis.


TD Garden LED Lighting – Boston, MA

In 2018, Delaware North at TD Garden Arena converted metal halide sports lights to LEDs, which consume 50% less energy. This is significant as the lights are in use for approximately 3,200 hours per year!


Busch Stadium Food Donations – St. Louis, MO

Delaware North is proud to have a great partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Operation Food Search and The Salvation Army – Temple Corps.  In eight years, over 90,000 pounds of surplus food from the ballpark serves to better our community.

Miller Park’s Digester – Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI

In partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers, Delaware North installed Bio-HiTech’s digester in April and converted more than 13 tons of organic/food waste to graywater. Link here to learn more from Chef Seth.

Guaranteed Rate Field “Shedds the Straw” – Chicago, IL

To honor Earth Day (April 22), the White Sox teamed up with Delaware North Sportservice, Levy and Gibson’s ChiSox Bar & Grill to go straw-free for the 2018 season. The group joined Shedd Aquarium’s “Shedd the Straw” initiative to increase public awareness about plastic pollution, protect aquatic ecosystems and aquatic life. This partnership resulted in diverting 147,000 straws from these Sportservice operated locations.


Amalie Arena Hydroponic Garden – Tampa, Florida

Delaware North Horticulturist Natalie Pearen harvests zinnias from our hydroponic garden at Amalie Arena. The zinnias are a sustainable “Farm to Fork” garnish for our Sushi and Cheese displays, we are celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2018 Home Opener on October 6th.


SunTrust Park ‘Trash Tawkers” Promote Recycling – Atlanta, GA

Delaware North’s GreenPath Committee of Atlanta Sportservice at SunTrust Park and Cobb County Sportservice at the Coca Cola Roxy joined our client, LiveNation, to launch TrashTawkers at the All Time Low concert on Saturday, September 29th.  TrashTawkrs directly engaged guests attending the concert to highlight some of the benefits of recycling and encourage participation in the community.  LiveNation rewarded volunteers with tickets to the show and provided receptacles and logistics for the effort.


Green Sports Day: Constellation

Learn more about how Constellation promotes sustainability through sports here.

Additional highlights of Constellation’s work includes:

  • Baltimore Ravens Solar Generation: Constellation constructed a 375-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project at the Under Armour Performance Center, the Baltimore Ravens team headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, MD. This roof-mounted system consists of approximately 1,210 photovoltaic panels on the facility’s field house and grounds keeping buildings. These solar panels generate nearly 15% of the team headquarters’ electricity needs. Check out a video about the solar project here.
  • Wells Fargo Center Wind Energy:  As of 2018, the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers, is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The South Philadelphia arena is completely powered by wind energy which will greatly reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. The power and renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from Constellation will help Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Wells Fargo Center and the Philadelphia Flyers, prevent the emission of more than 14,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually and are expected to deliver an environmental benefit equivalent to removing almost 4,000 passenger vehicles from the road.

  • United Center Green Games: Constellation hosts Go Green games each year with the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks to promote sustainability and teach fans how to be more energy efficient at home. This year, in partnership with the Chicago Bulls, we sent volunteers into a local elementary school to play “Energy Efficiency Bingo” with the students to teach them how to be more sustainable. Click for videos from this event.

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