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BVSD earns Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award from Reusable Packaging Association

Boulder Valley School District received an Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award from the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA). One of three organizations nationwide selected for this award, BVSD was recognized for an innovative reusable packaging program piloted in its Food Services department in 2014-15.

"We applaud BVSD for extending their approach to sustainability to their food service supply chain, and finding new ways to save money and eliminate waste with reusable packaging," said Tim Debus, President, Reusable Packaging Association.

The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award recognizes companies that have developed, supported, or implemented measurable and innovative reusable solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. The other two 2015 awardees were Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., and Herman Miller, Inc. Together, the three recipients achieved a cost savings of almost $16.5 million and eliminated more than 28,000 tons of corrugated waste from piling up in landfills.

BVSD saved $4,581 and kept 4,587 pounds of cardboard out of the waste stream by switching to reusable packaging for the delivery of apples and beef patties from the field and meat supplier to production kitchens and then out to individual school cafeterias, serving up 12,000 meals daily. The pilot project was funded by a grant from StopWaste, a public agency in California. The district won the RPA award for businesses with revenues less than $25 million.

“This innovative program helps BVSD advance our sustainability goals and will hopefully inspire other school districts to explore reusable packaging options for their operations," said Ann Cooper, BVSD Food Services Director.

At the Sept. 28-30 Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, BVSD School Food Project Coordinator Curry Rosato accepted the award on behalf of the school district and gave a presentation about the project. View the presentation on the RPA’s Reusable Learning Center @ Pack Expo website. Read the RPA’s case study about the BVSD project.

BVSD School Food Project
BVSD’s School Food Project believes that all children of Boulder Valley School District will have daily access to fresh, flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome and, when possible, local ingredients, so that every child may thrive.

Reusable Packaging Association
The Reusable Packaging Association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of reusable packaging.

A public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County, StopWaste takes a comprehensive approach to stopping waste. Their work influences decisions made by people at every phase of the materials management cycle, from purchasing and consumption choices to what happens when products are discarded.

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