GReen Our Way (GROW)
Growing our level of employee participation and engagement in sustainability initiatives remains a top priority at Hormel Foods. GReen Our Way (GROW) is an internal team, started in 2010, that aims to assemble and evaluate sustainability metrics, increase awareness with education and events, and improve sustainability at the Corporate Office campus (Austin, Minn.). To date, the team has successfully implemented a number of initiatives including:
Beat the Peak Week
The second annual Beat the Peak Week at the Corporate Office aimed to increase awareness of peak alerts and electrical usage at the corporate campus. The final event during Beat the Peak Week was Lights Out Day on June 6. Employees were asked to reduce their electrical usage by limiting non-essential lighting and equipment between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Overall, the corporate campus was able to reduce total kilowatt-hours by 31 percent and peak load by 27 percent.
Electronics Recycling Day
The GROW team held the third annual electronics recycling event at the Corporate Office. During the one day event, employees brought in more than 4,800 pounds of electronic items ranging from TVs and laptops to vacuums and kitchen appliances.
Water Monitoring Challenge
Each year, the Water Environment Federation promotes an annual Water Monitoring Challenge. The event focuses on understanding and measuring water quality parameters in local waterways. In October, members of the GROW team and Boy Scout Troop 113 participated in the challenge by collecting samples and then testing each sample for temperature, pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen.
Adopt a Highway
Twice per year, a group of volunteers from the Corporate Office joins GROW team members to clean a 1.5 mile stretch of Interstate 90 that runs through the town of Austin as part of the state of Minnesota’s Adopt a Highway program.