Happy Earth Month! Earth Day is right around the corner, and this time of year gets everyone thinking about the environment and climate change. Environmental sustainability is a broad topic, from waste production and recycling to agriculture and transportation pollution. We will brush over a few of these topics, what the Co-op does to mitigate them, and how you can help and love the Earth! Join us on April 18th from 12 pm to 4 pm in the parking lot of the Co-op to meet many local organizations, creators, and artists who educate on and create with sustainability at the forefront! 

The Davis Food Co-op formed the Green Team early last year to track our environmental sustainability efforts and to find ways to improve storewide. We have drought-tolerant landscaping and a drip irrigation system to conserve water. We work with Recology, TerraCycle, ReCork, and others to reduce waste and improve diversion, along with store-wide sustainability training that covers waste sorting and greenwashing. Our produce department makes organic and local the priority, this reduces agricultural pollution from many conventional practices and local means less driving, transportation, and emissions! We track most of our sustainability metrics with the help of the National Cooperative Grocers and track our food waste and rescue by department, read more about this on our Food Rescue blog. 

The best thing for shoppers to do is stay up to date and educated on sustainability philosophies and practices. We recommend Defining Flourishing: A Frank Conversation About Sustainability by John R. Ehrenfeld and Andrew J. Hoffman to get you started. Read up on our blog page, under the sustainability sections to learn about small changes you can make in your day-to-day life that can reduce your carbon footprint, like DIY beeswax wraps and conserving food scraps to make broth. 

Sustainability is multifaceted. Not everything above or in our sustainability blog is economically feasible for everyone, and the effects of climate change are socially disproportionate. We have three more blogs later this month that will cover social and economic sustainability and the intersection of all three. Stay tuned. 

Written by Madison Suoja, Education and Outreach Specialist