The FOUR P’s – Quadruple Bottom Line Business

Time: Friday Oct 4th from 1:30PM to 3:00PM

Location: Columbia Room

Speaker(s): Melissa Elkins - Sustainability Coordinator, Community Food Co-op, Bellingham

Learn how one retailer is introducing a fourth “P” – Purpose – to their bottom line.

Melissa Elkins, sustainability coordinator for the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA, will share what tracking People, Planet, and Profit metrics look like in practice, as well as the evolution of adding Purpose to their organizational framework.

Melissa has worked for the Community Food Co-op, located in Bellingham, WA, since 1996. Since 2012, she has been the Co-op’s Sustainability Coordinator when she started developing a framework for tracking and creating sustainability initiatives within the organization.

Since that time, the Co-op has published detailed, public annual sustainability reports, achieved LEED certification for their Cordata neighborhood store, has achieved national recognition for their sustainability work, and has been recognized by the EPA as a national Green Power retail leader for the last three years. She also mentors businesses, organizations, and university students on sustainability reporting/tracking and has presented at educational workshops and other events across the country.

Voted Bellingham’s best grocery store, the Community Food Co-op was founded in 1970. We are a full-service grocery store and were the first grocery store north of Seattle to have a certified organic produce department. Everyone can shop, anyone can join. For more information visit our website at Co+op, stronger together.