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BEST Business Center welcomes new Portland Climate Champions

Portland businesses are catching on about BEST Business Center’s free services to help green their operations, and several are working towards earning the Portland Climate Champion award with help from the BEST Business Center advising team. Becoming a Portland Climate Champion requires high performance in the areas of water use, energy conservation, sustainable purchasing, transportation policies and recycling practices.

One example is Elephants Delicatessen.  Elephants Delicatessen delivers on sustainable practices. All three Portland locations have earned recognition as Portland Climate Champions, demonstrating their commitment to saving resources, using energy wisely, and protecting the environment.

In order to attain the recognition, Elephants Delicatessen met specific benchmarks, including switching to low-flow fixtures, upgrading lighting throughout the stores, recovering food waste through their compost system, and offering their employees low-carbon transportation incentives. Collectively, these measures provide both cost savings and environmental benefits for the stores while supporting other local green businesses and educating their customers.

“For 30 years now, Elephants Delicatessen has worked to find ways to make green business our standard,” said Anne Weaver, Elephants Delicatessen CEO. “The beauty of being here in Portland is that the bar for sustainability is set high, and our community really understands what exactly our efforts mean.”
Elephants Delicatessen is leading the way by providing a wide range of catering, restaurant and grocery services while minimizing their carbon footprint. Catering menu options include a variety of locally grown, seasonal foods. The menu is designed so that waste is minimized; everything can be either composted or recycled. From their use of biodiesel in fleet delivery vehicles, to purchasing renewable electricity for their building loads, to a 90-percent food composting rate, Elephants Delicatessen is demonstrating that sustainable practices are at the core of their business. They are now recognized as a Portland Climate Champion to prove it.

Learn more about the BEST Business Center and Portland Climate Champions at