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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) here wrapped its first-ever Green Conference earlier this week. The premiere event took environmental issues head on and focused solely on today's ever growing global challenges, and how Ohio's grocers can "position themselves to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem," said Tom Jackson, OGA's president/c.e.o.
To begin the journey, the Ohio Grocers Foundation (OGF), the philanthropic arm of the OGA, received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to develop a composting and diversion guide for grocery retail operations. In addition, the OGF and ODNR are working on a pilot food waste disposal program, which will include OGA members and local composting facilities.
Other conference highlights included informative presentations by guest speakers Mark Smallwood, Whole Foods Markets; and Bob Garrity, Giant Eagle, Inc. as well as other industry leaders.