At Clover we believe sustainability is being socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and economically viable, and that if you take one of those away, the circle of sustainability is broken.
This three-pronged approach is our checks and balances for doing business:
- Environmentally Friendly = taking care of the land now to protect it for the future.
- Socially Responsible = helping friends, neighbors, businesses, and organizations that help us and treating them the way we would want to be treated.
- Economically Viable = being profitable to maintain our environmental and social responsibilities while saving money to prepare for the future.
We’ve worked hard to do right by our customers and the environment. We are constantly evaluating and improving our business practices to be more green and sustainable for the future. Here’s some examples of what we achieved so far:
- Reduced miles to market. As of January 2007, we not only have a local source of organic milk, but all of our milk is now sourced locally in Sonoma and Marin Counties, amounting to a savings of 40,000 gallons per year of diesel fuel.
- Ammonia-free. After 2 million dollars worth of upgrades, we are now using Freon-based cooling systems in our distribution center and production plant, a safer and more environmentally friendly solution than ammonia .
- Decreased Water Use. A 1.5 million dollar investment in a pre-treatment water system has enabled us to reduce our water consumption by 1,000,000 gallons per year.
- Conversion to florescent. We’ve converted all of our stand lighting systems to fluorescent, creating a significant energy savings.
- Cool Roof. Our main facility roof was painted white to reduce energy use.
- Hybrid vehicles. We have converted our gas guzzling sales fleet of vehicles to hybrid Ford Escapes.
- Fair Trade. We pay our small Northern California dairies the highest milk premiums in the United States, helping them to stay in business.