|logo in corporate office reception area
First on the agenda was a big THANK YOU to HMSHost for their amazing sustainability commitment. The SFCI made tremendous strides in 2011, mainly due to HMSHost's willingness to recreate operating practices with an environmental focus. It takes pioneers like HMSHost to work out the challenges|barriers so fellow operators may follow suit. The ZWZ Blog post, SFCI in ACTION Mode, gives a SFCI update. The Sustainability = Sharing & HMSHost presents @ NRA Board Meeting posts are an excellent recap of HMSHost's commitment.
|Linda & Chris Moyer, NRA
ConServe Program Director
In early 2012 the intent is to announce a second SFCI Pilot at Concord Mills in Charlotte, NC. The mall is owned by SFCI team member Simon Property Group and HMSHost has the concessions contract. In October SFCI Co-Chair Doug Kunnemann and Holly Elmore, Ei Founder, traveled to Charlotte and met with the Concord Mills mall and concessions managers.
While in Charlotte, Doug & Holly also visited the Charlotte Airport, where HMSHost has the concessions contract, to learn about their current and planned recycling practices. The ZWZ Blog post, Fertile Charlotte Grounds, gives an overview of the trip. A January Charlotte trip is scheduled to launch the pilot with a plastic film recycling project along with the initial steps to start back-of-the-house organics collection for composting.
|Chris, Anne, Linda & Joshua
For 2012 the SFCI | ZWZ HMSHost focus will be in the Atlanta, Charlotte and Tampa markets. With the strong on-the-ground relationships, the SFCI team looks forward to moving beyond zero waste initiative focus and into toxic-free environments.
It was a fantastic visit with Linda, Joshua and Anne - stay tuned for exciting 2012 updates as the fun is just beginning!