@melwhyissa And the gold goes to...Lake Oswego!
I was plugged back here earlier this year, and had my work set out for me when I arrived - a team of new employees, and a store where little green business initiatives existed. The only active recycling program in place was for cardboard, and food scraps were being dumped in the trash instead of being composted. It was time to dive in and make a difference. First, I went out and bought recycling bins and clearly labeled our recycling area to break old habits and build new ones. I worked with our commissary to make daily composting a reality. I had team meetings to go over the whys/hows of recycling. Building new habits took longer than I imagined, and I spent several hours a week sorting out the trash myself to make sure that recycling would be a REAL thing at my store. After a few months, my staff built their own rhythms with these new procedures.
Next, I added a soft plastic recycling program, reducing our trash output by one full bag per day! Waste reduction is just as if not more important than recycling, so having the team buy-in was absolutely incredible here. Last but not least, I brought the naked burrito to Lake Oswego - a tricky but worthy endeavor that involves not only the team but the guest. This has been a slow but successful addition - asking customers if they need foil on their for-here burritos. Education of a different clientele has been a challenge but explaining the why and benefits has yielded hundreds of naked burritos over the past 7 months! Success! Carrying the sustainability torch over the past 4+ years at LP has been empowering,and sharing that passion amongst my teams and with multiple communities is truly the way that we will be able to spark change and conserve our planet.
Today, we received a Gold Green Business Award in Clackamas County - which took nearly 8 months of hard work, endless hours of training/education, perseverance, fortitude, teamwork, and the belief that we can all work together to save our planet and be good to each other. I am beyond thankful for my second opportunity to win this award, and can't wait to continue my mission to save the world, one step at a time. 💚🌎♻️✨