Taylor Farms North America’s leading producer of salads and healthy fresh foods, has long been a champion of sustainability within the agricultural industry and that’s why 3CE staff has chosen them to be our Clean Energy Hero this month. Through renewable energy, resource conservation and innovative zero waste programs, Taylor Farms is raising industry standards to preserve a healthier world for future generations.
Founder and CEO of Taylor Farms for 25 years, Bruce Taylor is a 4th generation local in the Salinas Valley. In his words, “We are proud that Taylor Farms is at the forefront of developing and identifying sustainability practices that are breaking down barriers and establishing new norms within the industry. Consumers should be confident that our product offerings are helping them to lead healthy lives while contributing to a healthy environment and healthy communities.”
Taylor Farms has received the U.S. Green Building Council TRUE Platinum Zero Waste Certification at three facilities in California while simultaneously achieving 90% energy independence from the utility grid through unique microgrid solutions. Together, their suite of investments and programs reduced 175,000 metric tons (MT) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in just two years, equivalent to taking 37,000 cars off the road annually.
Taylor Farms currently utilizes four different types of renewable and alternative energy systems to power their operations with clean energy: solar, wind, fuel cells and co-generation. In collaboration with local and national energy developers such as Concentric Power, Bloom Energy, REC Solar and Foundation Wind Power, Taylor Farms’ energy investments and their push for transformative policy changes have made it possible to reduce the environmental impact while also paving the way for others to adopt energy and sustainability practices. Taylor Farms recognizes that energy independence is vital for the operation, livelihood and well-being of their company, employees, and community.