The LEED® Certification Experience
In August of 2014 the Hubert Company’s Harrison Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center was awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that aredesigned, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
We have improved our energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
In March 2012, we installed a 3,840 solar panel roof on our warehouse. The total installation is the length equivalent of two football fields. Our solar roof produces more than 1 million kilowatt hours of clean energy per year and was a major contributing factor in our LEED® certification.
Since 2012, we have offset greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of:
- 17,744 light bulbs
- 55,956 trees
- 2,232 tons of carbon dioxide
- 251,806 gallons of gasoline
Our up-to-the-minute solar impact can be viewed on our website. Experience it here.
Read below to learn more about the ways in which we’re positively impacting the environment.
The Sourcing Experience
Energy Star Qualified Products
Hubert proactively sources many Energy Star foodservice equipment products designed to use less energy, save money and help protect the environment. These items include commercial dishwashers, fryers, griddles, holding cabinets, ice machines, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and steam cookers. We identify all Energy Star items in our catalogs and on the web with the well-recognized Energy Star logo.
A Greener Assortment
Hubert honors its commitment to respect the environment by offering a wide assortment of eco-friendly, sustainable packaging products. Sustainable packaging maximizes the use of renewable, recycled or compostable materials.
In order to be sold using our eco-friendly logo, products must meet at least one of the following industry criteria:
- Made from an annually renewable resource such as corn, potatoes, wheat, rice.
- Made from recycled materials such as PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) or PIR (Post Industrial Recycled).
- The product itself is easily recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or oxo biodegradable.
- Compostable: Degradable trash and soil in which bacteria breaks down the mixture into a soil conditioner.
- Biodegradable: Products degrade as a result of naturally occurring microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, algae).
- Degradable: Materials have the ability to break down by bacterial or ultraviolet action.
- Oxo Biodegradable – TDPA (Totally Degradable Plastic Additives) is incorporated into commodity PE, PP and PS resins to allow final plastic products to degrade when triggered by heat, UV sunlight and mechanical stress. TDPA products can be recycled.
The Marketing Experience
Our Printer and Catalogs
Here are some key facts regarding the printer we utilize, our catalogs and our continuous commitment to the environment:
- Our catalog printer was the first printer to earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent, third party evaluation and certification service.
- Our printer has installed state-of-the-art air pollution controls at many of their heat set lithographic printing plants to minimize the impact on the environment and the community.
- Through improvements in solvent recovery systems, 77 million pounds of toluene emissions have been reduced since 1990.
The paper used in our catalogs does not utilize trees from old growth forests. 85% of the mill’s wood purchases are from harvesters who are certified with the American Forest & Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Preferred wood suppliers must demonstrate compliance with local, state and federal laws, use Best Management Practices and maintain records of logger training certification.
Preferred purchased fiber suppliers manage their wood operations and monitor their environmental performance in six target areas:
- Forest Sustainability
- Multiple Use of the Forest
- Environmental Protection
- Employee and Public Safety
- Community Support
The Logistics Experience
Many of Hubert’s transportation providers participate in the US EPA SmartWay program promoting cleaner transportation initiatives.
In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. SmartWay participants are scored based on their performance in producing measurable air quality and greenhouse emissions improvements. SmartWay truck carrier and logistics company partners can and do improve their scores by adopting fuel-efficiency and emission control technologies, policies and strategies for their fleets.
C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. C-TPAT is a voluntary program in which all participating entities in the import supply chain cooperate with U.S. Customs in establishing acceptable security practices in all phases of operations. C-TPAT is a holistic look at our entire supply chain. It involves looking at procedural, physical, and personnel security, along with access controls, how packing manifests are handled, and what sort of education and training employees receive.
Benefits of being C-TPAT certified: Reduced physical inspections and escalated entry priority means that our products get to market faster and use less energy and resources during the transportation process.
Negotiating to buy entire container loads of products results not only in cost savings to our customers, but reduces fuel and energy costs to ship products and reduces the environmental impact of shipping smaller quantities separately.
We fully understand the importance of being a good corporate citizen and our impact on the environment. This is the community we live and work in, but we are also aware of our responsibility to the global community. At Hubert, we implement every process we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We understand and embrace, throughout the Hubert organization, the reality that protecting our environment is a daily and never ending responsibility. –Bart Kohler, President