ISD Announces Burt’s Bees + Green Plus Food System Consortium in Durham

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NC Research Triangle-based Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) is teaming up with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation to create the Green Plus Durham Food System Consortium (DFSC). The Consortium of local, food-centric businesses and  nonprofits will share best practices and collaborate to strengthen the area’s food system and help protect the environment.  ISD is proud to partner with Durham-based natural health and beauty care brand, Burt’s Bees, and its Greater Good Foundation, which is funding the development of the Consortium.

“The foundation’s strategic giving focus is honeybee health and sustainable agriculture, and we’re proud to be a part of what is becoming a thriving food system in Durham,” says Paula Alexander, Burt’s Bees’ Director of Sustainable Business and Innovation.  “We see such promise in the collaboration and potential impact of the Consortium to enhance current efforts to create a viable and sustainable food supply chain in Durham,” Alexander concluded.

As part of this initiative, 20 Durham-based small businesses and non-profits that grow, distribute,  prepare  food or raise awareness of food system issues will receive Burt’s Bees scholarships for a two-year membership in ISD’s Green Plus program.  Through Green Plus, the Institute will help each participating organization understand its role in the Durham food supply chain – from dirt to table – and provide a structured framework for understanding how collective actions can protect our local environment. Smaller enterprises interested in applying should go to  www.gogreenplus.org.

“The Institute is grateful for Burt’s Bees’ support, and eager to dig in to the topic of sustainable food right here in our own backyard,” said Chris Carmody, Executive Director at the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Institute for Sustainable Development: Chris Carmody at ccarmody@gogreenplus.org

Burt’s Bees: Gabrielle Prohn at 919-433-4579 or gprohn@burtsbees.com

About Institute of Sustainable Development: The Institute for Sustainable Development was formed in 2004 as a partnership between North Carolina Triangle-area universities and chambers of commerce to advance sustainable communities and to give students direct opportunities to learn about sustainable business. The Institute launched Green Plus in 2009. Green Plus combines individual diagnostics for smaller enterprises with student coaching, group and peer-to-peer learning, and communities of practice. Upwards of 400 small businesses and nonprofits in 18 states have pursued the vigorous Green Plus Certification.

About The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation: The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation is the philanthropic extension of natural health and beauty care brand, Burt’s Bees. The Foundation’s strategic giving focus is sustainable agriculture and community gardening projects, which have been shown to have a positive effect on human and honeybee health. This focus was chosen against the backdrop of declines in human health due to a lack of access to healthy food and the alarming number of bee declines in the United States.  The Foundation’s good neighbor giving focus is on programs that bring an entrepreneurial approach to addressing human and environmental health challenges. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations primarily in the Durham, North Carolina area where the business is based, but also to organizations in the Triangle Region,  the State of North Carolina and beyond.

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