Buns and Things Bakery is the first business to be certified under the City of Charlottetown’s Certified Sustainable Business Program. The City launched the program to promote and encourage sustainability in the workplace.
The voluntary program includes a checklist and guidelines to follow in multiple categories, and a site visit with the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, the Energy Efficiency Coordinator, a water conservation expert, and a staff member from Island Waste Management Corporation.
The bakery, located at 25 Brackley Point Road, met the required number of checklist items/points to be deemed a Charlottetown certified ‘Sustainable Business’. They received a framed certificate and a window/door decal to display in the workplace for employees and patrons to see.
"The whole point of this program is to provide opportunities for businesses to be become more sustainable and community minded, and to share the great work they are doing with their customers and visitors," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "I commend the businesses who have stepped forward to participate and who are making a real effort to show their patrons and potential employees that they have a sense of social and environmental responsibility."
Buns and Things is operating with no food waste. They sell one-day old baked goods at a reduced rate in their storefront, use leftover bread for turkey stuffing and donate excess and leftover produce to the foodbank on a frequent basis. They use compostable product trays for their cookies, and are in the process of upgrading and installing new windows in their store to reduce heat loss and energy waste. The business has also installed a programmable water meter, which adds precise water amounts to the dough products as they are mixed, eliminating the excessive running of water in the day-to-day operations.
"Small operational changes, such as using compostable containers or reducing waste, can make a huge impact on the environment and on our community," said Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee. "Through this program, we hope to see a ripple effect; businesses inspiring their patrons to be more sustainable and business owners being inspired by other businesses to look for ways to operate in an environmentally responsible way. We all have a role to play and we are very pleased to see so much support for our sustainable programs and initiatives."
"When we first learned about the Sustainable Business Program, we were excited at the chance to participate," said Bill DeBlois, Buns and Things Bakery General Manager. "Following sustainable business practices is something we view as very important and an opportunity as well. Many of these changes we have implemented over the year have shown immediate and long term benefits both from a sustainability and a business standpoint. The opportunity to be evaluated on what we currently do and receive suggestions and feedback on ways to improve going forward made the decision to participate in the program a very easy one."
Each month a spotlight will be placed on one of Charlottetown’s Sustainable Businesses and they will be featured on the City’s social media accounts, website, and in printed media with an additional description of what makes this particular business a star in sustainability. The objective of these features is to share best practices among Charlottetown businesses and to recognize the effort that businesses have made in their operations and in their community.
For more information about this program visit: www.charlottetown.ca/sbc.php
"Buns and Things Sustainable Certification 2" - Bill DeBlois, Buns and Things Bakery General Manager, accepts his Sustainable Business Program certificate from the City of Charlottetown’s Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Jessica Brown and the City’s Sustainability Officer Ramona Doyle. Buns and Things Bakery is the first business to be certified under the City of Charlottetown’s Certified Sustainable Business Program. The voluntary program includes a checklist and guidelines to follow in multiple categories, and a site visit with the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, the Energy Efficiency Coordinator, a water conservation expert, and a staff member from Island Waste Management Corporation.
"Buns and Things Sustainable Certification" - Bill DeBlois, Buns and Things Bakery General Manager, is excited that the bakery is the first business to be certificated under the City of Charlottetown’s Certified Sustainable Business Program. City of Charlottetown Sustainability Officer Ramona Doyle adds a "Certified Sustainable Business" decal to the bakery door.
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