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EPA Honors SAVOR...Chicago with Food Recovery Challenge Award
1/10/2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored SAVOR… Chicago, the food and beverage provider for Chicago’s McCormick Place, with the 2018 Regional Food Recovery Challenge award for significantly increasing waste diversion at McCormick Square. In 2017, SAVOR… Chicago diverted a record 40 tons of food waste through its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and consumer education.

SAVOR… Chicago participates in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge under the “Winning on Reducing Food Waste” initiative designed to divert food waste from landfills.

This year’s awardees took innovative approaches and used a variety of cost-effective and practical actions to both prevent and reduce food waste. “EPA congratulates SAVOR… Chicago for cutting food waste and recycling food scraps,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp. “Participants in Region 5’s 2017 Food Recovery Challenge stopped more than 200,000 tons of food scrap from going to landfills.”

“Consumer education is a vital part of our being able to take sustainable practices to the next level,” said Doug Bradley, SAVOR…Chicago vice president. “We have just seconds to educate millions of visitors on what goes in which waste stream. We know from experience that most people want to do the right thing when it comes to recycling and waste diversion. If we can make it simple and convenient for them to do this correctly, we all win.”

“We’ve created the innovative Green Angels program where we staff waste areas during events with Green Angels who are there to help attendees understand what is recyclable, compostable and waste,” explained Bradley. “We’ve created easy-to-understand graphics that help visitors quickly sort and dispose of their leftover items. Both initiatives have been a key part of our efforts to increase waste diversion.”

“We’ve created the innovative Green Angels program where we staff waste areas during events with Green Angels who are there to help attendees understand what is recyclable, compostable and waste,” explained Bradley. “We’ve created easy-to-understand graphics that help visitors quickly sort and dispose of their leftover items. Both initiatives have been a key part of our efforts to increase waste diversion.”

SAVOR…Chicago has been nationally and internationally recognized for its sustainability initiatives.

About SAVOR
SAVOR is the food service division of SMG, the largest public facilities management company in the world and manages the foodservice at McCormick Place and the Wintrust Arena. We pride ourselves on preparing and serving exceptional food and beverage whether for intimate VIP experiences or banquet events for over 20,000. Besides great, authentic food, the core elements of our food vision include our partnerships with local growers, producers and community members, our commitment to using antibiotic free meats and poultry, and our dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment through our robust sustainability, recycling and composting programs. For more information go to www.savorchicagomcpl.com.


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