Blog : New Hampshire Businesses Come Together at the Just One Thing Sustainability Slam

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

AMHERST - Twelve sustainability stories by businesses from across the state will come to life at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) Just One Thing Sustainability Slam at the LaBelle Winery on Thursday, October 15 in Amherst, New Hampshire. The evening will feature the top Just One Thing Stories, and guests will vote for the most impactful story.

NHBSR, a nonprofit membership-based organization of socially and environmentally friendly businesses, launched the Just One Thing campaign to bring together businesses from across New Hampshire to share ideas regarding sustainability and recognize businesses for their environmental, community, and workplace initiatives.

At the Sustainability Slam, guests will hear twelve winning stories, determined by a panel of sustainability experts, each in 90 seconds or less, and select the overall best stories using a polling app on their phones. Finalists were selected by a panel of experts consisting of Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield Farm, Matt Gardner, Principal of Sustainserv and Fiona Wilson, Co-Director for the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at the UNH Paul College of Business and Economics. Four finalists were chosen from each category, with two large companies, and two small companies or organizations in each category:

• Environmental Initiatives, Large company: Hannaford and Coca Cola Bottling of Northern New England
• Environmental Initiatives, Small Company: Grappone Conference Center and Sequoya Technologies
• Community Initiatives, Large Company: Mondanock Paper Mills and Keene State College
• Community Initiatives, Small Company: Brown & Company and LifeWise Community Projects
• Workplace Initiatives, Large Company: Timberland and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
• Workplace Initiatives, Small Company: W.S. Badger and Image 4

Velcro Companies will be the presenting sponsor of the Sustainability Slam, which is also sponsored in part by several other New Hampshire companies invested in social responsibility and environmental initiatives. The Coca Cola Bottling Company of New England (CCNNE) is one such sponsor, and is a finalist in the Environmental Initiatives category for large companies.

CCNNE is a franchise of its parent company and is leading the way in sustainable practices for large-scale manufacturing and distribution facilities, out of their Londonderry plant.

“We were sustainable before people realized what sustainability was,” said Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager at CCNNE. “It was just the culture of the company that started back in the 1970s.”

CCNNE has reduced solid waste by 80 percent over the last six years, including PET plastics, shrink wrap and aluminum. The recycled materials are then transformed and resold to companies like The North Face and Patagonia to make fleece jackets. The Londonderry facility has a 93 percent recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled materials, working closely with Foss Manufacturing in Hampton to process its recycled bottles and turn them into new usable material.

“We want to be around for a long time, so inherently it makes sense for us to do things that are long-term focused, like switching from wooden pallets to plastic reusable pallets,” said Mike Elmer, Director of Capabilities at CCNNE.

While the CCNNE facility boasts extensive sustainability efforts, their principles carry over to their clients as well. CCNNE’s Energy Management System coolers used in convenience stores, restaurants and other shops that sell Coca-Cola products, reduce that business’s energy costs by an average of 35 percent.

The Just One Thing Sustainability Slam is also sponsored in part by printing sponsor, RAM Companies; a family owned and operated printing company that was the first printer in New Hampshire to receive Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification.

“We wanted to make a swift and clear demonstration of our commitment to sustainability,” said John Sobczak of RAM Printing.
FSC Certification confirms that RAM Printing has completed the “chain of custody,” meaning that at every point in the manufacturing process, from pulp to paper mill to distributor to printer, received FSC Certification. Additionally, RAM is Rainforest Alliance certified, uses paper approved by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood Program, and has highly efficient printing presses and systems that generate less waste and lower printing time.

Both New Hampshire Public Television and New Hampshire Business Review are media sponsors for the event. New Hampshire Public Television, the Granite State’s only statewide, locally owned television network, has served New Hampshire and northern New England since 1959. NHPTV provides award-winning PBS programs for adults and children, and locally focused series like Windows to the Wild, Our Hometown, and Granite State Challenge, to 98 percent of the state, along with other programs of local note. It also provides free of charge educational resources to educators, parents, childcare providers and students, and holds NHPTV Community Cinema screenings and discussions around the state. NHPTV partners with other organizations to help spotlight topics of note such as aging and childcare, and it has a steadfast commitment to environmental-themed programming.

New Hampshire Business Review is published by the Manchester-based McLean Communications, whose mission is to showcase everything that makes New Hampshire a great place to work, play and call home. McLean Communications is part of Yankee Publishing Inc. and produces three other statewide publications, New Hampshire Home, New Hampshire Magazine, and Parenting NH, plus the Seacoast-focused culture magazine The Square.

CCNNE, RAM Companies, NHPTV, and McLean Communications are not only working together to sponsor the Sustainability Slam, but are also Business Partners with the Green Alliance, a local union of like-minded environmentally friendly businesses, non-profits and individuals.

All are encouraged to attend the Just One Thing Sustainability Slam on October 15, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at LaBelle Winery.

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