Ashland Food Coop Receives Co+efficient Sustainability Star

Ashland, Ore. The Ashland Food Coop (AFC) received a Co+efficient Sustainability Star award from National Co-op Grocers (NCG) recognizing their positive environmental and community impacts.

Co+efficient, NCG’s sustainability program, measures social, environmental and local economic impacts from participating food co-ops across the country.

For the second year, NCG is awarding Co+efficient Sustainability Stars to co-ops who have completed metrics and show improvement in their sustainability programs from year to year. Of the 148 co-ops enrolled, NCG awarded 10 with the Co+efficient Sustainability Star awards. The Ashland Food Co-op is being recognized specifically for their community and environmental impact. 

In 2016, AFC donated over $24,000 to area nonprofits through their Community Grants program, offered 50 Free Monday Night Lectures on a variety of health and well-being topics, and donated $25 gift cards to over 95 community organizations and projects.
Also in 2016, the Ashland Food Co-op diverted and recycled 81% of their discards from the landfill. 

“We divert a large fraction of our waste away from the landfill. As part of that process, we separate organic matter into at least 5 different material streams,” says Sustainability Coordinator Stuart Green. “Even though this organic matter is considered "waste,” we try to maximize its intrinsic food value. Only about 5% of becomes compost, about 10% is handled as food donations, and around 85% is used as animal fodder.”

By 2030, the Ashland Food Co-op’s goal is to be a carbon neutral and zero waste facility.

About the Ashland Food Co-op

The Ashland Food Co-op is Southern Oregon's first and only Certified Organic Retailer. The Co-op has a long history of bringing healthy, organic food to the community. What started as a buying club in 1972 has grown into a well-respected, deeply loved full-service cooperative grocery with over 10,000 owners. Additionally, with a focus on education, wellness and community, the Co-op offers cooking classes, local farm tours, in store tastings, free lectures and donates thousands of dollars to local nonprofits each year.

About National Co-op Grocers

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. They represent over 145 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales over $2 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.

For more press information, contact Laura Pfister, or 541-552-5479.

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