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Sustainability Projects Save Emissions and Money

22 March 2013

US - Sustainability projects within meat and food processing company ConAgra Foods delivered more than $22 million in savings.

Recently more than 90 projects were entered for awards in the company's 2013 Sustainable Development Awards, an internal awards program that drives and rewards innovative approaches to sustainability and produces tangible business results.

The projects have:

  • reduced carbon emissions by more than 26,700 metric tons
  • ;
  • reduced landfill waste by 23,000 tons;
  • optimized and improved packaging while using 3 million pounds less material;
  • and conserved 646 million gallons of water.

ConAgra Foods started the Sustainable Development Awards program in 1992 to encourage and incentivize employees to proactively look for ways to eliminate waste, reduce energy and conserve water through smart design.

Winning teams are each awarded a $5,000 grant from ConAgra Foods to apply toward a sustainable community service project.

“Employee engagement, imagination and innovation played an even bigger part in this year’s applications,” said Gail Tavill, vice president, Sustainable Development, ConAgra Foods.

“It reflects an ongoing evolution of ownership and commitment at every level in the company, further integrating sustainability into how we do business every day.”

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