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Throughout 2016 and 2017, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute worked with companies across New York State to conduct several food waste assessments. As part of this project, several businesses were assessed from the healthcare sector. All facilities were located in population dense, urban areas throughout Buffalo, Rochester and Albany. The number of beds ranged from mid-200s to mid-800s. Most hospitals were of medium size with two categorized as large hospitals.
RISE Products, Inc. (RISE) is a company based in Brooklyn, New York that creates nutritious ingredients out of upcycled organic byproducts, which would have otherwise gone to waste. Today, about 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted throughout the food supply chain. RISE has sought to take what is traditionally thought of as waste (spent grain) and turn it into a new product (flour).
Rochester Regional Health (RRH) was formed in 2014 with the joining of Rochester General Health and Unity Health Systems. Rochester Regional Health (RRH) was interested in pursuing “zero waste to landfill”, however there is no single recognized definition for this term, and, there are unique challenges for the healthcare industry.
O'Brien & Gere, Inc. of North America, located in Rochester, New York offers comprehensive, sustainable, and affordable solutions for clients in areas of advanced manufacturing, energy, environment, and water services. O'Brien & Gere, Inc. of North America requested the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to compare the performance of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel and Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel treated with a proprietary fuel additive.
Located in Greenpoint, New York, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream has been making ice cream from scratch since 2008. As part of a grant funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute partnered to reduce the environmental impacts from local manufacturers and improve the qualify of life for area residents and workers.
The New York State Pollution Prevention (NYSP2I) initiated a pilot program that included sustainability assessments conducted at four schools across New York State in an effort to identify opportunities for improved waste generation, water consumption, and chemical exposure through better purchasing decisions. NYP2I conducted a Sustainability Assessment at Harris Hill Elementary School for the Penfield Central School District as part of a pilot program for a new K-12 initiative focused on New York State Schools creating a safer environment for students and teachers.
KIK Custom Products (KIK), located in Cortland, New York, manufacturers and develops personal and hair care products along with providing manufacturing services for private label clients to produce detergents and other household products. KIK wanted to evaluate their manufacturing and cleaning activities in an effort to identify potential opportunities for reducing cleaning waste quantities and avoid disposal.
The Food Bank Association of New York State is a member organization for New York State's regional food banks. The current nine member food banks collectively distribute 180 million pounds of food annually. The Food Bank Association of New York State wanted to explore the potential for a "produce acquisition and sharing model" amongst New York State food banks.
The Foundation for New York's Strongest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the work of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). The Foundation's core mission is to highlight the important contributions made by the DSNY workforce to keep New York City clean and safe every day. The Foundation of New York's Strongest would like to support food waste solutions from small businesses to help reduce the 650,000 tons of food waste that New York City businesses throw away each year.
The Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc., (HBCAC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community grassroots organization that has been in existence since 1993. HBCAC is dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness. HBCAC's is to educate students on the potential harms of endocrine disrupting chemicals thus resulting in better lifestyle choices now and during future points of susceptibility.