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The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS), a nonprofit forum supporting the foodservice industry’s drive for sustainable equipment and design, is accepting applications for its annual $5,000 grant.

The grant will be awarded to the individual or organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project of the year. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time Jan. 31, 2012. The recipient will be announced at the 2012 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago.

The winning project must showcase clear planning, precise implementation and a strong return on investment. Applicants can enter by submitting a case study of 10 or fewer pages explaining how their program addresses one or more of the following foodservice sustainability challenges:

  • How the operation reduced energy/water use
  • How the operation reduced creation of wastewater or solid waste
  • How the operation implemented Farm-to-Fork programs or other combined programs

Applications must include a financial analysis of the sustainability program, including the cost of implementation, continuing costs and the return on investment with a summary of the cumulative cost saving. Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals, including ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, are also encouraged.

The grant recipient who is awarded the $5,000 grant must use the proceeds to invest in additional sustainability efforts. The individual and/or company honored will be invited to join the HCFS Fellows and to assist with future initiatives.

Click here to learn more about the grant and to download the official application. 

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