The Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) fills its concession stand with green, sustainable products. For example they source their coffee from a company called Grounds For Change (www.groundsforchange.com). The specific coffee purchased is called Café Feminino Peru. Through a partnership between Cafe Feminino & Grounds for Change money for purchases are then donated back to a women’s coffee growing project in Peru. Here’s info on that project: http://www.groundsforchange.com/communities/cafe_femenino.php?.
“In 2004, we became one of the first coffee roasters to participate in the Cafe Femenino coffee project. As part of our ongoing commitment to this effort, we donate 10 cents for each pound of Cafe Femenino coffee sold directly back to the Cafe Femenino Foundation for funding specific grants that have been requested by the women producers. This year, thanks to the support of our customers, we funded the creation of an Educational Center in Northern Peru.” ~ Grounds for Change
Here is info on that grant they funded: http://www.groundsforchange.com/press/CF-Grant-2012.pdf
“It’s always nice to be able to help, even in a small way, to support sustainable harvesting and in this case, to support the efforts of entrepreneurial women in Peru” Tommy Hensel, Managing Director, Fine & Performing Arts Center.
Great work, Tommy & FPAC!!!
Readers: What does your Moraine Valley (or external) department do locally that also has a global, sustainable impact?