Onsite Energy Production At our Chico, CA, facility we have invested proactively in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Our facility employs two Photo Voltaic (Solar Energy) systems, totaling 450 kilowatts. We've installed a wastewater treatment system to capture methane gas, which is then converted to electricity. We also capture waste heat to assist in the pasteurization process. Our renewable power generation, combined with our other on-site power sources, lets us generate more than 25% of the energy we use from renewable resources.
Everyone associated with the Santa Cruz Organic® brand – from manufacturer to growers in the field – is dedicated to making environmentally sound choices. Sustainability at Santa Cruz Organic means sustaining our premium quality by supporting sustainable resources … from the farms and suppliers we work with to our on-site solar energy generation. In addition to our onsite renewable energy generation, we purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in the form of wind RECs. Our wind REC purchase combined with our on-site solar energy generation offsets 100% of the energy used to produce our products. All Santa Cruz Organic brand products are certified USDA Organic.
How do we buy renewable energy? Renewable Energy Certificates (sometimes called RECs, green tags or green certificates) allow customers anywhere in the U.S. to support the generation of renewable energy by purchasing the renewable attributes of a specific quantity of renewable energy. This ensures that more renewable energy is added to the electricity grid, displacing conventional fuels, such as coal, nuclear or gas from the electricity system. Green-e® program in which we participate certifies that the Renewable Energy Certificates we purchase meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.
Look for the logo on our packaging! For more information on Green-e® certification, visit www.green-e.org.
We are committed to being sustainable, responsible and keeping our planet remarkable. We go to great lengths to minimize waste associated with making our products and are a Green-e® certified company recycling more than 95% of our waste and buying enough renewable energy each year to cover our production needs. Our Chico, California facility has achieved a remarkable 99.5% recycling rate.
The Santa Cruz Organic® brand is a participant in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. This voluntary program aims to stimulate businesses and other organizations to support new, clean renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation. For additional information on the EPA's Green Power Partnership program, please visit www.epa.gov.