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#20: Sustainable Business

This week Todd and Evan welcome Rory Schmick into the studio for a discussion about the economics and realities of sustainable business practices. Mr. Schmick is the Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs for Pacific Natural Foods (we wager you’ve probably used their broth before) and using his business as a model, we look at the ins and outs of how sustainable business practices effect bottom lines, influence and educate consumers, and help create local jobs. We also get some good ideas about how kids and families can implement sustainable practices into their school and home lives, as well as hear the kid’s opinions on a new ‘Kids Two Cents’ segment.


Rory Schmick is the Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs at Pacific Natural Foods, a locally-owned all natural and organic food company based in Tualatin, Oregon. He is responsible for developing and leading Pacific Natural Foods’ sustainability program, and overseeing the company’s environmental affairs, with  focus on waste reduction & material recovery; energy and water conservation; and climate strategy. Before joining Pacific Natural Foods, he led the development and implementation of business programs for the International Sustainable Development Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the understanding and use of sustainable development practices locally and internationally.