An acronym for Sustainability and Ecological Engagement and Development, the SEED™ Certification program is a voluntary initiative designed with three goals in mind: to encourage participation in our Grow™ initiative—that is, the use of sustainable and ecologically friendly practices; to give recognition to those who are actively pursuing these goals; and to help our accounts market their sustainability initiatives to customers and students.
The certification process involves a site audit covering the following categories:
- Non-Food Waste
- Food Waste
- Energy & Water
- Responsible Sourcing
Certification is awarded at silver, gold and platinum levels and operations are required to reapply for certification every 24 months.