Earth Day, Every Day: Hospital Food & Services

Large companies are getting in on the environmental bandwagon, which I am happy to report. Aramark is a very large company that services our local hospital, Lankenau. I spoke with a young man who works for Aramark and he told me that sustainability is one if Aramark’s goals, so I Googled them and cut and pasted one of their categories about the environment. I also had the opportunity to try a couple of their meals and was surprised at the healthier choices from most hospitals.  There is also a great, new cafeteria in the hospital with lots of healthy choices. I think hospitals and food service companies are getting the message that most people want to eat healthier.

Aramark also received these two awards:


environmental stewardship overview

(cut and pasted from their website:

To advance our commitment to environmental stewardship, we invest in improving existing platforms, products and services to create scalable, sustainable and practical programs that create long-term and real environmental benefits, for both our company and for our clients – as they evolve and grow over time.

As a company that not only operates its own facilities, but also manages a variety of services at thousands of client locations, ARAMARK has a dual responsibility to integrate environmental sustainability practices at both company-owned and client locations around the world. We work to improve our own environmental practices, while offering expertise and practical solutions to thousands of clients to help them reach their environmental goals and enable efficient operations.

At our own facilities we implement programs to minimize our environmental impact in many ways — from reducing energy and water use to employing alternative energy vehicles within our service fleet. We identify practical environmental solutions that are broadly attainable within the company-client relationship. Through these relationships we work collaboratively on issues such as sustainable menu and product selections, while taking into account our clients’ needs and budgets. As we guide our clients through the environmental programs we can offer, we also modify, expand and improve our initiatives to meet their needs as the interest in more environmentally friendly practices increases.

Millions of consumers including employees, students, visitors, and patients who are our customers inform our decisions about improvements to environmental practices associated with products and services. Many seek environmentally responsible products and services at home, at work and throughout their daily lives. We have seen that this demand continues and even grows, even in times of economic sensitivity.

Thanks, Aramark!

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