Burgerville – Sustainable Business Practices & The Best Burgers around!

If you are fortunate to live in the Oregon/Washington area you probably have enjoyed a Burgerville hamburger from time to time. Burgerville cares about the food that they serve, making their food a healthier choice when looking for a quick meal. Not only does Burgerville care about the food they serve but they also have partnered with very “green” and community based businesses.

When you choose Burgerville, satisfying your craving isn’t the only good thing that happens. You’re also contributing to the health of the region by supporting the use of fresh ingredients, local ranchers and farmers and sustainable  business practices.

Burgervilles Practices:

Helping Individuals and Communities Thrive – Burgerville strives to support and build community throughout the organization and within the regions they serve.

Renewable Energy – Burgerville purchases renewable wind power credits equal to 100% of the energy used in all our restaurants. This not only helps create renewable energy but it also supports rural communities in which generating wind power is a new source revenue.

Composting and Recycling – Burgerville launched an employee-led composting and recycling program. Their goal is to reduce the volume of restaurant-generated waste that goes to local landfills by 85%.

Local Farms and Ranches – Burgerville strives for the highest quality, humane animal care practices and sustainable land management practices when choosing the farms. They use foods at their peak flavor, and work to reduce the amount of transportation needed to move food from one place to the other.

If you had any doubt about how great these burgers are, well this should help: Burgerville was selected by AOL users for the “Best Burger” in Portland, Oregon for 2008 for our great taste and use of high quality, local and seasonable ingredients.

The next time you are in Oregon or Washington, try Burgerville!

How to Save Energy with Televisions

With all the after Christmas sales going on now, a lot of people are taking advantage and buying new televisions. Also with the switch over to digital TV, stores may be seeing extra interest from consumers who need to update.

If you are one of those getting a new TV this year keep these energy savings tips in mind:

Watch those Watts – Big Screen televisions use more power than smaller, traditional cathode ray TVs. In fact some of the larger big-screen plasma televisions can consume as much energy each year as a new refrigerator.

More Energy – LCD and rear-projection models are generally more energy efficient than plasma televisions.

Look for the Star – Energy Star qualified televisions use about 30 percent less energy than standard models. TVs manufactured after November 2008 bearing the Energy Star label are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models in both standby and active models. Some of the TVs in now were manufactured before the new deadline. Get More Info at Energy Star.

Lower The Brightness – When you first take your TV out of the box, it’s probably on the maximum brightness setting, which wastes energy and fails to delivery the best picture.

Turn Off When Not in Use – Remember that even when the TV is turned off but still plugged in, it is still consuming energy. The best idea is to have your TV plugged into a surge protector strip and turn it completely off when the TV is not in use to maximize energy savings.