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New AHLEI Textbook Guides Food and Beverage Services
on Effective Greening

Lansing, Michigan, August 2011—Sustainability and green are more than buzzwords—they are vital keys to the success and profits of food service businesses and their relationships with customers. Food production, preparation and disposal have a large and damaging impact on the health of people and the environment. Fortunately, food services can play a significant role in reducing this impact. Greening Food and Beverage Services: A Green Seal™ Guide to Transforming the Industry, published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), shows readers how food service affects air quality, oceans, fresh waters, and land use, and how food and beverage professionals can implement practices to make positive changes. The textbook was written by Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D., Vice President, Science & Standards, Green Seal, Inc., with additional material contributed by Andrew Shakman, President and CEO, LeanPath, and John Turenne, President and Founder of Sustainable Food Systems. 
“Many years of research went into the development of this guide,” said Dr. Baldwin. “It is the first of its kind in the food and beverage industry.”

This concise, seven-chapter book shows readers the benefits of sustainability for the earth and its people, as well as for business profitability and marketability. Food service and food production professionals can make a tremendous difference by adopting and practicing sustainability initiatives. Anyone involved in the food industry will benefit from this practical book that offers a blueprint for making any food service operation more sustainable.

Topics include:
  • Environmental impacts across the food service life cycle
  • Menus and food purchasing with a smaller environmental footprint
  • Management of pre- and post-consumer food waste
  • Conducting a waste audit
  • Staff training for waste management
  • Understanding energy and water use
  • Tracking, reporting, and marketing sustainability efforts
Each chapter includes case studies that showcase companies that are successfully implementing green practices in their food services operations, and resources are provided for readers to take their sustainability learning and efforts a step further.
Greening Food and Beverage Services: A Green Seal Guide to Transforming the Industry is available for $85.95; AH&LA members pay $55.95.  For information or to order, call 800-752-4567 or 517-372-8800, or visit  Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 407-999-8100.
About American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institution
Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to support AH&LA by becoming the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries both domestically and internationally by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals.
About Green Seal, Inc.
Green Seal, a non-profit based in Washington D.C., has been identifying products and services that protect the environment and human health since 1989. Green Seal is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and follows International Organzation of Standards guidelines for ecolabels. The independent organization focuses on certification to its leadership standards, avoiding any conflict of interest that may arise from recommending products or consulting with applicants. For more information and a list of all Green Seal certified products and services, visit

Elizabeth Johnson 
Senior Marketing Manager 
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute 
2113 North High Street, Lansing MI 48906 
Phone: 517-318-2359 
Fax: 517-372-5141
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