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Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability Seeking Innovative Sustainability Programs

Applications Due Jan. 31, 2012; $5,000 Grant for Best-Executed Foodservice Sustainability Program of the Year

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS), a nonprofit, industry-wide forum supporting the foodservice industry’s drive for sustainable equipment and design, is currently accepting applications for its annual $5,000 sustainability grant.

The grant is going to be awarded to the individual or organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project of the year. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2012, and the recipient is expected to be announced at the 2012 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago.

The winning project must showcase clear planning, precise implementation and a strong return on investment.

Applicants can enter by submitting a case study of 10 or fewer pages explaining how their program addresses one of more of the following foodservice sustainability challenges:

  • How the operation reduced energy/water use

  • How the operation reduced creation of wastewater or solid waste 

  • How the operation implemented Farm-to-Fork programs or other combined programs 

Applications must include a financial analysis of the sustainability program, including the cost of implementation, continuing costs and the return on investment with a summary of the cumulative cost saving. Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals, including ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment, are also encouraged.

All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2012, for the HCFS Fellows to judge. The grant recipient who is awarded the $5,000 grant must use the proceeds to invest in additional sustainability efforts. The individual and/or company honored will be invited to join the HCFS Fellows and to assist with future initiatives.

Georgia Tech Dining Services (Sodexo) was the 2012 HCFS grant recipient in recognition of its comprehensive,cost-neutral approach to foodservice sustainability.

According to Nell Fry, sustainability coordinator for Georgia Tech (Sodexo), the HCFS grant provided the opportunity to create a front-line employee training program that is being used as a benchmark by many peer institutions. “Our momentum since accepting this award has been extraordinary. We have the talented people at HCFS to thank for providing organizations like ours support and resources.”

To learn more about the grant and to download the official application, visit the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability. 


About Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability

Established by Hobart, the HCFS is a forum for foodservice directors, and their builders, designers and contractors to share case studies of their new ideas and accomplishments in foodservice sustainability. Five Fellows who are experts in sustainability and seek to foster new thinking and approaches to sustainability solutions lead the HCFS. They are Michael Berning, director of sustainable design and principal, Heapy Engineering LLP; Rick Cartwright, vice president, ITW Food Equipment Group; John Turenne, founder and president of Sustainable Food Systems; and Richard Young, senior engineer/director of education, Food Service Technology Center. Also serving as Fellows representing Georgia Tech Dining Services/Sodexo are Dori Martin, district marketing manager, and Nell Fry, sustainability coordinator. Click here to learn more about the HCFS grant.

About Hobart

Hobart is the world leader in commercial food equipment and service for the foodservice and grocery industries. An ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award winner in 2010 and 2011 and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year since 2008, Hobart manufactures products for warewashing and waste handling; food preparation; Baxter bakery; cooking; weighing, wrapping and labeling systems; and Traulsen refrigeration. Hobart equipment is supported by a national network of factory-trained service representatives in hundreds of locations across the United States. To learn more about Hobart, visit or connect on Facebook at or on Twitter @hobartcorp.


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