Bethesda, Md.—Speaking at the Airports Going Green Conference held in Chicago, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2,HMSHost’s Linda Dunn, Vice President Supply Chain & Analysis, unveiled a list of new sustainable practicesunderway throughout the company. HMSHost is a world leader in creating restaurants and retail storesfor travel venues.
Dunn added, “Every effort to be more sustainable in our business builds a better future.” Initiativesunder the first area of focus—Reduce Environmental Impact—include diversion of waste from landfills,conservation of electricity and water, and use of “better for the environment” materials.
• HMSHost’s team at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport diverts waste by recycling plasticmilk containers—thus keeping them out of nearby landfills. Nine Starbucks Coffee stores in the Atlantaairport use approximately 2600 gallons of milk weekly. Twice each day, the gallon containers arecollected and processed in a trash compactor specially sourced by HMSHost. From there, thecompacted bales go to a recycling plant near the airport and are used to make bottles for non-fooditems, plastic lumber, floor tiles, and recycling bins.
• In Canada’s Toronto Pearson International Airport, HMSHost fills more than 15 organic bins withcoffee grounds and other food scraps per day—approximately 43 metric tons per month. The bincontents are composted and turned into fertilizer or mulch. Recycling such as this diverts wasteand also provides a useful purpose for the waste with the added benefit of future healthy plants andflowers.
• HMSHost installed more than 550 high efficiency Xlerator hand dryers in the restrooms of its travelplazas. Electric hand dryers reduce waste going into landfills. Specifically, they eliminate theenvironmental impact of production and delivery of paper towels to the travel plazas. Paper usage isprojected to be reduced by more than one million pounds annually in motorway operations through theuse of these high efficiency dryers.
• The company’s Delaware Welcome Center in Delaware and ONroute Centres in Ontario, Canada arebuilt to LEED specifications and HMSHost is seeking LEED Certification in both locations.Using a thoughtful, year-long review ofoperations, Dunn described howHMSHost manages and tracks itssustainability efforts in three channelsunder the startsomewhere® platform.The practices are measured annually atthe end of each year.“Startsomewhere® means we will workwith our airport and motorway partners,our employees and our customers to beconscious of the difference we can makein these practices,” said Dunn.Page 2
• Sourcing recycled or renewable materials in store construction, using less caustic materials (including lowVOC paint and low phosphorous dish detergent), collecting and recycling books in the company’s retailbookstores are some of the other ways HMSHost is reducing its environmental impact.
• Additional goals under this channel include increasing levels of recycling of cardboard, cooking oil, printercartridges, bottles and cans.Under the second area of focus—Provide Food & Beverage Options that Address NutritionalWellness— airport and highway travelers across the U.S. are finding healthier selections on HMSHostmenus that are lower in fat or sodium. Many of HMSHost’s menus include the customer option ofsubstituting steamed vegetables and/or grapes in place of French fries.
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