At Crystal Creamery, we recognize the importance of being good stewards of our environment. We are working hard every day to ensure that we are committed to sustainable business practices, which are kind to our planet and minimize our impact for future generations. Here are just some of the areas in which we have focused our sustainability efforts:
Zero Waste Initiative:
• Partnerships with local food banks to take product that is approaching the sell-by date
• Use of spoils and returns as animal feed
• Use of by-product as animal feed
• Partnership with an anaerobic digester for processing of wastewater by-product
Our Modesto facility installed solar panels in 2011 that, by the next year, were already generating enough energy to power 141 homes! In addition to renewable energy, we also look at energy conservation projects within our facilities and have recently installed equipment on our boilers to increase their efficiency. We’ve also educated our entire team on peak energy so that we can be mindful of not just how much energy we are using, but also when we can make the least overall impact. Our Goal: 25% reduction intensity in energy usage (both natural gas and electric) by year end 2025 using 2012 as our baseline year. In the year ending 2016, we achieved a 21.6% reduction in intensity.
Water conservation has always been a high priority for Crystal Creamery, particularly during the drought in California. One way in which we conserve water is through re-use. We take in 60+ tankers of milk each day, and we condense the raw milk to produce water. We use this water to wash all of our cases that are used to ship milk to grocery stores. Our Goal: 30% reduction intensity in water usage by year end 2025 using 2012 as our baseline year. In the year ending 2016, we achieved a 23.35% reduction in intensity.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction:
We place great importance on air quality and strive to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We meet all standards set by the California Air Resources Board and local Air Pollution Control Districts in which our facilities and farms reside, which are the most stringent standards of all states in the U.S. Ways in which we are achieving this goal include our Modesto facility commute program for employees (bike-to-work week, carpool-to-work week, etc.) and air emission reduction techniques on our farms.
These are just some of our initiatives. Our Crystal Creamery Green Team is always looking for new ways to further our sustainability efforts. At Crystal Creamery, what matters to us is greater than just producing the best dairy products. It starts with that, but we strive for more, which is why you can feel good about feeding your family Crystal Creamery products.