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    Hobart Seeking Applicants for Best Sustainable Retail Foodservice Program

    The search is underway for the third annual $5,000 HCFS grant recipient.

    Submissions are currently being accepted for the third Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) awards program which will bestow a $5,000 grant to the individual or company judged to have the best-executed foodservice or food retail sustainability project of the year.

    "The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability seeks best practices from sustainability programs in foodservice and food retail that showcase clear planning, precise implementation and a strong return on investment," said Rick Cartwright, VP/GM of retail systems, ITW Food Equipment Group and an HCFS Fellow. "The HCFS grant recipient serves as a prime example for foodservice and food retail for their commitment to sustainability programs that improve the environment and make economic sense."

    Applicants can enter by submitting a case study of 10 or fewer pages demonstrating how their program addresses sustainability challenges such as reducing energy and water use, decreasing wastewater or solid waste, or implementing farm-to-fork programs or other combined programs.

    Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals, including Energy Star-qualified equipment, are also encouraged. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. EST Aug. 31, and will be judged by the HCFS Fellows. The recipient will use the proceeds to invest in additional sustainability efforts; the individual and/or company honored will be selected to join the HCFS Fellows and assist in future initiatives.

    The University of California/Santa Cruz, a nationally ranked research university in Santa Cruz, Calif., was the 2008 recipient of the HCFS grant. UC Santa Cruz decreased energy consumption and water use, reduced solid waste and water waste, and implemented a Farm-to-Fork program. Scott Berlin, UC Santa Cruz's director of hospitality and dining, now serves as an HCFS Fellow.

    Troy, Ohio-based Hobart established the HCFS to provide thought leadership and counsel on sustainable design efforts and innovation for the foodservice industry. Designed as a resource hub, the HCFS offers forums allowing foodservice and food retail operations, architects, designers and consultants to collaborate with Hobart in developing new sustainability ideas and solutions while building economic value for the end-user.

    Recipient will be announced at the 2009 Greenbuild Expo to be held Nov. 11 to Nov. 13 in Phoenix. To learn more and to access the official application, visit www.hcfsforum.com.

    To apply for the HCFS grant or for more information, including the official rules, visit www.hcfsforum.com.

    Hobart, an Energy Star Partner of the Year, manufactures products for warewashing and waste handling; food preparation; Baxter bakery; cooking; weighing, wrapping and labeling systems; and Traulsen refrigeration. The company’s equipment is supported by a national network of nearly 1,700 factory-trained service technicians and 200 locations across the United States.

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