SCAA Announces Release of Second Installment In Green Guide Module Series

Collaborative Project Offers Coffee Retailers A Step-By-Step Guide To Reduce Their Impact Focused On Water Conservation Tips

LONG BEACH, Calif. U.S.A. (June 26, 2013) — The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), Green Cafe Network and the Food Service Technology Center are proud to announce the availability of the second installment in the Green Guide Module series focused on water conservation tips.  The Green Guide is a series of digital booklets, published in modules that cover key strategies for cafe operators in energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, and toxins reduction.  Green Cafe Network (GCN) is providing technical assistance for the Guide’s content, with key research and expertise from the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC).  Module 1, focused on energy conservation, was released in January of 2013.
SCAA and its Sustainability Council are encouraging cafe operators to utilize the first and second modules of the Green Guide, focused on energy and water conservation, designed to tailor strategies specific to coffeehouses. The initiative for the Green Guide grew from a stated need from SCAA membership and Guilds for more guidance and practical information on integrating sustainability principles into retail operations.  In addition, numerous studies on the environmental impact of coffee have concluded that the bulk of impacts are at the end of the value chain; thus a concerted effort at retail is key to lowering the overall carbon footprint of the industry.  As a result, the project brings together the industry’s leaders in sustainability education and consulting to provide solutions for cafes of all sizes across the country.
The third installment of the Green Guide, focused on waste reduction, is slated to be available in the SCAA store in early 2014.  Modules 1 and 2 are available now at

About SCAA
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals.  For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members.  Visit
Green Cafe Network:
Green Cafe Network’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream by greening the coffeehouse industry and harnessing café culture for environmental education and action. They provide technical assistance, training and resources to help cafes reduce waste, conserve energy and water, save money and inspire their communities.  In addition to GCN’s sustainability consulting and education services, GCN has built a growing network of member cafes across the United States that are committed to running green businesses.
The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC):
The FSTC is the industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. Operated by Fisher-Nickel, Inc., the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.  FSTC’s goal is to provide education, viable resources and up-to-date information at no cost, helping commercial kitchen operators save energy and enjoy substantial savings.

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