CSR & Community Impact
Our Corporate Social Responsibility Mission is to create Social Equity (positive impact on local economy), Environmental Sustainability (integrating green principles into construction and operation of facility), and Economic viability.
Support for the local dairy economy and community is vital to the future of Vermont and the preservation of Vermont's Greenspace and agricultural future.
- Our plant utilizes a significant quantity of locally produced milk. All of this milk is rBST-free, and comes predominately from Vermont and nearby New England farms.
- We return 5% of our net profits directly to our local dairy farmers.
- We pay our farmers a premium for rBST-free milk and low somatic cell counts (an indicator of herd health).
- We fund Scholarship Programs at University of Vermont (UVM) and Vermont Technical College for students majoring in or studying/researching dairy science.
- We provide paid summer internship programs for students.
- We provide financial support to a wide array of local dairy fund raising and assistance programs.
- We support the Vermont Foodbank.
We are located in a Federally Designated New Market Tax Credits Zone (NMTC).
- An NMTC zone is defined as a distressed rural area: Poverty Rate of at least 20% + and/or Median family income below 80% of the area median family income.
- A significant proportion of our employees are from local, economically distressed areas.
- We pay all of our employees substantially above the minimum wage.
Our facility was designed and is operated with Green/Environmental efficiency standards and LEED principles throughout:
- Our facility was designed and is operated with Green/Environmental efficiency standards and LEED principles throughout:
- We worked closely with Efficiency Vermont, a State-sponsored program, that involved an in-depth review of our equipment, engineering, and construction options and provided incentives to upgrade to the most energy efficient options on the market. We accepted and implemented almost all of their recommendations, and were recently awarded an energy savings award for energy reductions within our facility.
- We use the latest state of the art CIP (clean in place) equipment- which substantially reduces our need for chemical cleaning agents; We have a water cooling system- lowers our energy requirements to run refrigerators and cooling systems; High-Efficiency equipment motors- reduce energy use; 2-Level Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)- reduce energy use; Energy efficient doors & windows; High-Efficiency boilers; ariable Frequency Pumps & Drives; Energy efficient building materials; Hot water heating system; Majority of RTU's (roof top units) placed on the ground to maximize roof space for future photovoltaic installation.
- We are exploring "off grid" energy sources. The industrial park we located in is a "Green, Mixed Use " park that is running a biodiesel co gen system which we are exploring feasibility to connect to (for process heat and energy needs).
- We responsibly manage our whey. We invested in equipment to purify the whey, so we can use the water in our plant. What remains of the whey is purified value added product which we sell back to farmers for feed.