Green Power Partnership
|Outpost Natural Foods|
|Percentage Green Power||100.0%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
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Outpost Natural Foods is a consumer-owned retail cooperative that exists so that owners have a healthy, diverse and sustainable community. Serving metro Milwaukee since 1970, today Outpost has over 18,500 active owners, three store locations, a fourth opening in spring 2014, two market cafes and a wholesale division.
Outpost believes in the Triple Bottom Line and doing their part to maintain a healthy environment for the future. Outpost was the first business partner with their local utility for their green power program back in the ‘90s. Today Outpost offsets 100% of their store energy through RePowerNow; a mix of solar, wind and hydro power all from small producers within the state of Wisconsin.
In December of 2011, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative became a member of the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA). In doing so, they took a pledge to monitor and track their sustainability initiatives, measure their carbon footprint, set goals for the future and be in a continuous improvement process. Along with this pledge they signed a Declaration of Sustainability. From there they created the following vision: Outpost will conduct their business in a way that meets not only the needs of the present generation but also of future generations. They embrace the challenge to move their operations and actions toward sustainable models and to understand and manage the impact they make on this earth and in their community.
“The SFTA reporting process was invaluable; it not only allowed us to see the whole picture, it also serves the co-op’s sustainability mission to committing to an annual reporting process,” states Outpost’s sustainability manager, Jessy Servi. She is quick to add that there is always room for improvement. “No company is perfect. Reporting helps us recognize our environmental and social strengths and successes while being honest and transparent on areas of improvement.”
In December 2012, Outpost hired its first Sustainability Manager, a full time person devoted to developing, implementing and maintaining companywide sustainability and utility management initiatives to minimize their impact on the planet and the communities where they live and work. Outpost will continue to operate with a whole systems approach to being a successful and socially-responsible local cooperative business and community leader.