A leading East Coast tomato grower-shipper is working to promote sustainability.

Plant City, Fla.-based Ag-Mart Inc., which does business as Santa Sweets Inc., has joined the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program and is pledging to promote sustainability initiatives in its daily operations.

Participation in the program requires Ag-Mart to complete a checklist of steps the grower-shipper is taking to lessen its carbon footprint, according to a news release.

Part of that checklist includes internal energy audits.

Some of Ag-Mart’s sustainable practices include allowing farm managers to apply pesticides that are Organic Materials Review Institute-approved to 90% of Ag-Mart’s crops, according to the release.

Kevin Delaney, Ag-Mart’s director of sustainability and productivity, said the program remains a natural fit with Ag-Mart’s commitment to socially responsible agriculture and overall corporate social responsibility principles.

“Given our daily work with the earth and environment, we understand as well as anyone the importance of working today to ensure that our natural resources survive and thrive long into the future,” he said in the release.

Pennsylvania’s environmental council has endorsed the Philadelphia Green Business Program, which is regulated by a regional business executives committee. For more information, go to www.phillygreenbiz.com.

More than 75 area companies are in the program.

Ag-Mart is owned by Joseph Procacci, who also owns Philadelphia-based Procacci Bros. Sales Corp.

Ag-Mart joins Pennsylvania sustainability effort