Sustainability & Stewardship
Sustainability and stewardship are important to us at Certified Piedmontese. This is why in honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share some of the ways we are putting these values into action:
1. The Land
Using sustainable ranching techniques is of huge importance to our ranchers, their families, and us. This means not depleting the land our cattle are raised on of their resources, but having a mutually beneficial relationship between the cattle, the land, and our ranchers.
Certified Piedmontese is making considerable commitments within our ranchlands in Nebraska for renewable solar and wind energy production.
Being stewards of both cattle and their region’s natural resources in Nebraska, they take great pride in their efforts for a sustainable approach to their program and utilizing the land for clean energy production as well.
Certified Piedmontese has also invested in crops and farmlands that yield a large portion of the grains utilized within the operation.
Careful grassland management aims to reduce grazing pressures on riparian areas while ensuring that the animals receive adequate nutrition. This focus on sustainability combined with other responsible land management practices is part of a commitment to sustainability, but it also translates into reduced risks in unpredictable grain markets.
The land and natural resources of the nation's Heartland assure not only access to abundant water and open rangelands, but also that their use would not affect any other necessary use or, more importantly, the sustainability of the region's resources in general.
2. New Packaging
We are currently rolling out new packaging that is more environmentally friendly, so you don't have to throw it all away. The cardboard boxes that we send our beef in can be recycled or burned. Then with our new Green Cell Foam insulation packaging, you have a couple of options of what to do with it. You can burn it; recycle it; or our favorite, stick it under warm water and watch it melt away!
This new packaging helps us to reduce our carbon footprint as a company and helps you as our customers to do the same. It is something new that we are excited about completely transitioning over too.
3. Our Building
Our Certified Piedmontese campus located in Lincoln, Nebraska is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Gold in its energy and efficiency rating. This certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.
While there are many different definitions of green building out there, it is generally accepted as the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section, and the building's effects on its site.
These elements make up the basic parameters for the different credit categories within the LEED green building rating system. LEED acts as a framework for decision-making for project teams in all of these areas, rewarding best practices and innovation and recognizing exemplary building projects with different levels of LEED certification.
The thought that was put into how we built and now run our campus, makes for a more sustainable way to run business.
Certified Piedmontese is committed to stewardship and sustainability, show you the effort that we are putting in to not only have a great product but to leave a lasting impact.