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Green Initiatives

Climate change affects every aspect of the agricultural industry and food supply. Severe warming, floods, and droughts reduce yields, livestock faces risks from heat stress from elevated temperatures, and fisheries will be affected by changes in water temperatures that shift the lifecycle of certain fish species.

Our Green Pledge:

We are doing our part in mitigating the detrimental effects of climate change by substituting typical energy systems with efficient green technology systems to decrease our carbon footprint.

Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn

Our green initiatives impact


Trees planted since 2020


Tons diverted from landfills


Of our energy produced by solar


Pounds of CO² emissions offset


Solar panels installed


Of energy saved with building controls

Efforts to uphold our Green Pledge

Solar panels on Auburn's roof

Solar Panels

Solar panels provide many benefits, from supplying clean and efficient energy to our facilities to reducing C02 emissions that affect our surrounding environment. We have installed 1,735 solar panels (courtesy of solar investors Fritz and Susan Onion), that cover 70% of our total energy consumption.

Agri-Cycle Food Full Circle logo and infographic on Agri-Cycle's impact throughout the New England area.


The Food Bank works with Agri-Cycle Waste Recycling of Exeter, NH to dispose of non-edible products in a safe, cost-effective manner. The process is simple; we place the food waste in specialized totes, then trucks transport the totes to bio tanks, and that waste is then converted into renewable energy and fresh soil.

Cardboard Recycling with recycle logo on the top of image of bailed cardboard


We work very hard to compost and recycle everything we can. Plastic and cardboard waste is baled and recycled. Wood pallets and boards are recycled. All food waste is sent to Agri-Cycle to be transformed into renewable energy and fresh soil. At Good Shepherd Food Bank, we are always reviewing options to increase our recycling efforts.

Pigs + Bees

What happens to the food that’s not fit to give away?. A meal unfit for families can still do good by providing for the animals. We have partnered with pig farmers to make sure nothing goes to waste. When we have excess sugar, we think of the bees and give to local beekeepers to support the environment at a deeper level.

Image of black and green blueprint of Good Shepherd Food Bank's building controls

Building Controls

We’re working to make our distribution centers smarter and more efficient. All of our facilities operate under LED lighting equipped with occupancy sensors to turn off when the room is empty and our refrigeration coolers use variable speed compressors that allow us to save 30% of energy.

The committee driving our Green Initiatives forward

Meet the team of people who maximize our Green Initiatives.

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