July 17 -- Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects are prompting local businesses to
think outside the box in the pursuit of meeting Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standards
(RPS). The solutions companies are using to take charge of energy consumption are exactly
the kinds of projects that will be scaled back or even vanish if the RPS is allowed to
expire at the end of the year.
Knouse Foods Cooperative Inc. is one example that illustrates the many ways management and
union members can work together to protect the environment for generations to come, while at
the same time, investing in a more sustainable bottom line. The company — an over 60-year-
old fruit grower-owned cooperative that makes apple sauce, apple juice, and pie fillings —
employs 88 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) 951.
Recognizing that the company and its employees rely heavily on the environment for their livelihoods, Knouse Foods decided to double down on its commitment to sustainability by incorporating more of these practices into every step of its operations. >>View Article