A Local Green Company


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An example of an advanced ESL student's project on a sustainable local company. The assignment was to find a company that claims to be green. Do research and interview workers to see if the claims are true.

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A Local Green Company

  1. 1. RESEARCH OF LOCAL COMPANY ~ BURGERVILLE~ Sustainability by Mina ***
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>About “Burgerville” </li></ul><ul><li>How to promote sustainability? </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle project </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>A tuition reimbursement program </li></ul><ul><li>Health care </li></ul><ul><li>Local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Partner companies and local food resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Burgerville <ul><li>Began in the 1961 by Gorge Propstra, a Dutch immigrant in Vancouver. </li></ul><ul><li>Now; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It has 39 restaurants in Washington and Oregon. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More restaurants are in the planning stages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1500 employees work. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Mission and Motto <ul><li>Mission; “Serve With Love” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start a conversation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share a smile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspire hope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motto; “Fresh, Local, Sustainable” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through their partnerships with local businesses, farms and producers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to make healthy community. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How to promote sustainability? <ul><li>Enlightenment through sign, flyer, websites etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in “PGE (Portland General Electric utility).” </li></ul><ul><li>Being eco-friendly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycle project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Train employees to have sustainable ideas. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform all employees of new products by news letters. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Recycle Project <ul><li>The initiative; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started by Ms.Wilson, an assistant restaurant manager. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only in her one restaurant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a result, more than 50 % of its waste was reduced. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now; “Recycling and Composing Program” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal; to divert 85% of its waste out of landfills by the end of 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target; the entire chain (39 restaurants) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By the first five months of 2008; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>35 restaurants recycle everything made from plastic, glass, paper and tin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>14 of these are doing both recycling and composting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each restaurants has own employee-led system. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Cooking Oil Recycle <ul><li>Convert the used fat free oil to biodiesel fuel </li></ul><ul><li>Recycled 3400 gallons of oil in each month </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion are handled by Oregon companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The dollars and the produced energy stay. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Renewable Energy <ul><li>All restaurants use 100% wind power credits from wind farms located through out Oregon . </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages to use wind power; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce green gas emission and keep air clean. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help to produce the revenue of local government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the government imposes a tax to management. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create jobs for local people to maintain both machines and the area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers who loan the area can get money constantly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company itself can make its own name more popular and bigger as a sustainable company. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Tuition Reimbursement Programs <ul><li>Purpose; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There can be no healthy family or community without strong, lively, healthy people.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To accomplish its mission, “Serve with love.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To raise reliable, creative leaders. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In a training center called “CRCL (Center for Responsible Community Leadership),” </li></ul><ul><li>For managers (qualified for coursework) </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching and mentoring services by business coaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Spends $3500 for education scholarship program of each year. </li></ul>
  10. 10. To be a reliable leader; <ul><li>Keeping up with the fast change of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking old habits and taking risks. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking new skills and pushing personal limits. </li></ul><ul><li>Being creative and flexible. </li></ul><ul><li>Burgerville tries to grow up these kinds of leaders. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Health Care <ul><li>Employees can be paid more than 90% of the cost of their and their dependents’ medical bill. </li></ul><ul><li>It costs $15 per a month. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It has reduced its turnover rate from 108% to 54% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(60% of employees who work in the fast food restaurant field are not offered any medical care.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can contribute to keep their community healthy. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Working with local companies <ul><li>Build up a chain to extend the impact of sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Benign circling good for business and sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction of fuel using </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce green gas emission </li></ul><ul><li>Less payment for gas </li></ul><ul><li>More stable than other style of business </li></ul><ul><li>Business situation is more stable </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing tax income for local Government </li></ul>
  13. 13. Business partner <ul><li>Local companies </li></ul><ul><li>Bornstein Seafood — smoked salmon  Astoria, OR;   www. bornstein .com </li></ul><ul><li>Chez Gourmet — vegetarian burgers  Lake Oswego, OR; www. chezgourmet .com </li></ul><ul><li>Country Natural Beef — natural hamburger beef, natural hot dogs Oregon;  www. oregoncountrybeef .com     Franz, — rolls Portland, OR; www. usbakery .com </li></ul><ul><li>Fulton Provisions Co. — beef processing   Portland, OR   </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Green power companies </li></ul><ul><li>Canby Utility Board </li></ul><ul><li>City of Centralia </li></ul><ul><li>City of Monmouth </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia Rivers Public Utility District </li></ul><ul><li>Cowlitz Public Utility District </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Sustainability Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Cedar Grove Composting  — Commercial composting Maple Valley, WA;  www.cedar-grove.com </li></ul><ul><li>City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development  — Composting and recycling program support Portland, OR;  www.portlandonline.com/osd   </li></ul><ul><li>EcoTrust Food and Farms  — Local food systems innovation Portland, OR;  www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms   Food Alliance  — Third party sustainable agriculture and food processing certification Portland, OR;  www.foodalliance.org   SeQuential Biofuels  — Cooking oil recycling into biofuel Portland, Oregon;   www.sqbiofuels.com   </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Partners for Seasonal Items </li></ul><ul><li>Harry's  — fresh fruit processing Portland, OR;  www.harrysfresh.com </li></ul><ul><li>Hazelnut Growers of OR  — hazelnut meal Cornelius, OR;  www.oregonhazelnuts.org </li></ul><ul><li>Keystone   — Walla Walla Sweet Onions Walla Walla, WA;  www.keystonefruit.com   </li></ul><ul><li>Liepold Farms  — fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries Boring, OR;  www.liepoldfarms.com   </li></ul><ul><li>Stahlbush Island Farms  — fresh pumpkin Corvallis, OR;   www.stahlbush.com   </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Burgerville is engaged in a sustainable business; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>working with local sustainable partners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educating employee for ideas of sustainability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>participating in renewable energy and recycle program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>valuing communication or corporation with local communities and make them healthy and lively. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It shows us a model business which has a potential to improve our communities, environment, and society. </li></ul>