The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is now accepting nominations for the second year of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The award program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships for their contributions to healthy people, healthy products and a healthy planet and showcases that sustainability makes good business sense.
Nominations are open through Nov. 15, 2012, to all segments of the U.S. dairy value chain—from farm to table—for the following categories:
• Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability
• Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability
• Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy
• Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
"It is a commitment to continuous improvement and leadership that sustains dairy farms and businesses from one generation to the next, regardless of unpredictable weather or economic conditions," said Paul Rovey, owner of Rovey Dairy and chairman of Dairy Management Inc. "Through the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, we want to recognize individuals across the dairy supply chain for their successes as a result of innovation, ingenuity and persistence."
An independent panel of judges will evaluate all nominations based on the program's or project's results as measured by triple-bottom-line success—economic, environmental and social. Judges also will assess: the potential for adoption of the practices by other dairy farms and businesses; demonstrated learning, innovation and improvement; and scalability.
"According to research conducted on behalf of the Innovation Center, sustainability isn't about the size, age or location of a dairy operation. It's the management practices that make the difference," said Barbara O'Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. "Shining a light on best management practices helps ensure that consumers can continue to feel good about choosing their favorite dairy foods and beverages."