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Welcome to Sustainability Central

bg-sign-125x125Sustainability at Burgerville starts with community. We all have a stake in the future, and all of us collectively can do a lot more good than any one of us. That’s why we’ve created this space to share our sustainable journey, invite your ideas and participation, and learn out loud together as we go.

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It Takes Community

by michelle – on July 23, 2012 No Comments

Burgerville is an active leader in sustaining all we love about the Northwest. We are in dialogue and conversations about renewable energy, composting, recycling, and other initiatives that contribute to thriving communities and changing the way business does business. If you see a place we can make a difference, please let us know.…

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by michelle – on July 23, 2012 No Comments

Burgerville is an active leader in sustaining all we love about the Northwest. We are in dialogue and conversations about renewable energy, composting, recycling, and other initiatives that contribute to thriving communities and changing the way business does business. If you see a place we can make a difference, please let us know.…

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Changing the way business is done, berry by berry

by admin – on August 06, 2010 No Comments

Liepold Farms Blackberry Field, Boring, OR

It’s hard not to walk around in continual amazement at how much is being done on the sustainability front here at Burgerville.  Many of the exciting projects I am seeing and hearing about are works-in-progress, so stay tuned, but here is one example I can share now:

Last week I sat in on a meeting with the processor of our blackberries.  The local processor we work with is now owned by a larger company, and this meeting was about establishing our relationship with the parent company.

Here’s how part of the conversation went:

Burgerville:  In order to get the best blackberry flavor, our farmers will pick several harvests of Marionberries for us, at the peak of ripeness.  This means we can’t predict exactly when those harvests will be, because berries are ripe when they’re ripe. Our request to you is that treat the farmer as your “customer,” and give them your absolute best customer service. Be responsive to their schedule, and to any needs they have.

Processor:  Treat the farmer as the customer?  That’s 180 degrees from the normal industry behavior, where usually the farmer is the one who gets the short end of …

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