With more than 38,000 stores nationwide, the sustainability potential of the grocery sector in the United States is enormous. To make the grocery sector more sustainable, Manomet developed North America’s first and only grocery sustainability system in 2012. The Manomet Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program works with grocery retailers to implement store-level sustainable operating practices. More than 1,000 grocery stores across North America are receiving actionable and comprehensive sustainability data from the GSC.
Manomet is pleased to announce that Catrina Damrell will now be leading the GSC program as Manomet’s Program Manager of Grocery Sustainability. Damrell, who was crucial in the development of the seven-year-old program, has played an essential role as the Field Manager for the GSC for the past 6.5 years. She has held numerous positions in the environmental realm, from working as a field technician studying the Bahaman Parrot on Abaco Island to on-site consulting for a carbon-neutral certification program for wineries in New Zealand. She is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow alumnus, receiving her scholarship in 2012 to teach English in Indonesia. During that formative experience, she also volunteered at a local environmental grassroots organization, and also designed and led a student-run film project on solid waste management affecting local beaches.
“I am thrilled to grow Manomet’s work with the grocery sector and beyond,” says Damrell. “Customers are excited when they see grocery stores demonstrating their commitment to sustainability; employees get engaged and more productive when they learn how they can implement sustainability where they work; and the grocery stores save money, water, and energy by focusing on making their day-to-day operations more sustainable.”
Manomet’s GSC started in New England but now engages retailers in 21 states and Canada. Hannaford Supermarkets, Weis Markets, Associated Grocers of New England, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Whole Foods Market are just some of the retailers who are participating in Manomet’s grocery sustainability work.
“Catrina’s impressive knowledge of operational sustainability practices—from waste management to energy efficiency to employee engagement—will make her an effective leader for the Grocery Stewardship Certification program. She has built strong relationships within the grocery sector due to her passion for finding opportunities for retailers of all sizes to save money and resources,” said Andy Whitman, Director of Manomet’s Sustainable Economies program. “I am confident in Catrina’s ability to raise the profile of the GSC grocery retailers as leaders in sustainability.”
Manomet is a science-driven, sustainability nonprofit organization that believes people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Visit www.manomet.org for more information.