Foodservice and retail distributor Pro*Act has received a green business certification from the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.

The certification recognizes companies in the California region for exceeding environmental regulatory requirements, preventing pollution and conserving natural resources.

Monterey Calif.-based Pro*Act initiated Greener Fields Together — a national supply chain sustainability and local produce program. The distributor’s in-house practices were the basis for the certification, according to a news release.

Pro*Act’s Green Office program includes guidelines to:


  • reduce waste, paper and water and electricity use;
  • purchase office products and equipment that are low-energy, compostable and environmentally friendly;
  • recycle; and
  • reduce travel in favor of teleconferencing.


Results included a 44% reduction in trash disposal and a 45% increase in recycling. Total waste-to-landfill volume was reduced as well.

“We’ve raised the bar on sustainability in our industry and are committed to keep raising it,” Kathleen Phillips, supply chain sustainability manager, said in the release.