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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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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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Director Park Chat with Doc Hatfield

by admin – on June 21, 2010 No Comments

Burgerville buys all our beef from Country Natural Beef. Each of the 120+ family-owned member ranches is independently certified by Food Alliance to meet stringent standards for environmental stewardship, animal welfare, and working conditions.  Read about the certification criteria herehttp://foodalliance.org/certification .

The ranchers gather twice a year to discuss business. This month, while in Portland for such a meeting, ranchers visited with Burgerville guests and staff in each of our 39 restaurants, deepening relationships and sharing the story of their beef and their ranches.  The ranchers also hosted a special event in downtown Portland, open to the public, called a “Country Food Fair.”

At the Fair, after doing some square dancing, I bought myself a burger and shake from the Burgerville Nomad (all revenue from the evening was donated to theOregon Food Bank and went looking for a place to sit. I saw a friend sitting on a hay bale, so I went to say hello. As it turned out, my friend was talking to Country Natural Beef co-founder Doc Hatfield.

When I joined the conversation, they were discussing Doc’s efforts to restore sage grouse habitat on his ranch. My friend Joe Walicki – who was the …

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