Could the Cornerstone of Sustainability Be the Corner Store?

Medford, MA

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There are 37,000 grocery stores across the US. Americans go to the grocery store an average of twice per week to purchase food and household products. There is no business sector that gets the frequency of visits a grocery store does that also has the opportunity to communicate and advance sustainability then the grocery sector. This talk will discuss ways in which grocery retailers can both influence sustainability with its customers and employees and be influenced to engage in more sustainable practices by its customers and employees.

Peter Cooke is the Program Development Manager, Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. He joined Manomet in May 2012 after launching several successful nationally recognized green certification programs while working in the Commissioner’s Office at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He has extensive experience in sustainability planning, development and managing. Since 2003, he has worked with over 300 businesses, helping them save more than $10 million. At Manomet, Peter launched the Grocery Stewardship Certification, the world's first comprehensive grocery sustainability certification. Peter teaches Energy and Materials Sustainability at the University of Southern Maine and at Antioch University, where he received a Master's degree in Resource Management. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. Peter is based in Manomet’s office in Brunswick, Maine.


Lunch & Learns occur every Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. Everyone is welcome. Food will be provided on a first-come basis. Lunch & Learn attendance is required for students enrolled in ENV0095 Special Topics in Environmental Studies with Colin Orians. 


Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment
Tufts University, 210 Packard Avenue, Miller Hall, Medford, Massachusetts