Affairs to Remember Caterers, Atlanta's first Zero Waste Zones caterer, today announced that it has diverted one million pounds (500 tons) of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills. The City of Atlanta has proclaimed "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in recognition of the impact and leadership the milestone demonstrates.
As Atlanta's Greenest caterer, Affairs to Remember met this significant goal primarily through recycling, composting and food bank donations, all part of Legacy Green, the company's sustainability program.
Affairs to Remember Caterers Day
Sponsored by Councilmember Felicia Moore, the City of Atlanta officially proclaimed Tuesday, November 11, 2014, as "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in recognition of their sustainability efforts, and in particular the milestone of having diverted one million pounds of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills.
Councilmember Moore read the Proclamation at a National Restaurant Association event, hosted by the Georgia Restaurant Association, at The Coca-Cola Company headquarters when re-launching the Zero Waste Zones program in Atlanta. Affairs to Remember Caterers' General Manager Richard Wilner accepted the Proclamation and offered words of gratitude and noted the partnerships and mentors instrumental in the development of Legacy Green.
Among the distinguished guests were Jon D. Johnston, Chief, Materials and Waste Management, Environmental Protection Agency; Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation; and Holly Elmore, Founder & CEO, Elemental Impact.
Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation
"Environmental Sustainability has become a lifestyle for today's young people. When they join Corporate America, they expect their business partnerships and vendors to embrace these values. Affairs to Remember Caterers has been a role model corporate citizen in our community in the area of sustainability, and I applaud them for this significant accomplishment!" said Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation.
Seydel continued, "We need more companies to take their lead as they have proven that you can do good business and be a top tier company in sustainability at the same time. We need more exemplar companies that have made caring for people and our planet a priority."
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert whose environmental focus—which is broad—includes creating a healthy and sustainable future for children.
Holly Elmore, Elemental Impact
Elemental Impact, an organization that works with organizations to help create best operating practices specific to sustainability, was an early partner to Affairs to Remember Caterers during the development of Legacy Green, the company's sustainability program.
Founder & CEO Holly Elmore, Elemental Impact, said, "We at Elemental Impact are proud of Affairs to Remember's progress and accomplishments in the realm of sustainability. From the beginnings of Legacy Green—a pioneering effort in the Atlanta catering industry—to today's accomplishment of having diverted one million pounds away from local landfills, I personally congratulate Patrick Cuccaro, the owners of Affairs to Remember and every employee who made this milestone a reality. Congratulations!"
Patrick Cuccaro, Affairs to Remember Caterers
"Legacy Green has grown from a commitment coupled with action—to go 'Green' and the abolishment of polystyrene products within our walls—and today serves as an example of how others in the catering industry can make a difference," said Patrick Cuccaro, Managing Director, Affairs to Remember Caterers.
"Imagine, if you will, the impact we as a city and as an industry would see if every foodservice company diverted even 50 percent, or better yet, 80% of their current waste away from landfills. It would change the world as we know it."
Cuccaro continued, "We've learned a lot in our first 37 years of special event-making, and we continue to gain experience and glean expertise in all areas of our business. Most recently, in the sustainability arena, we launched a new lunchtime delivery of 100% compostable boxed lunches, also available as a lunch buffet. In some ways, we feel like we've just begun, and that speaks to our excitement for the next 37 years!"
About Affairs to Remember Caterers Affairs to Remember Caterers is one of the largest privately held, full-service luxury catering companies in the United States and Atlanta's first Zero Waste Zones caterer. Our award-winning services include expertise in off-premise catering, site selection, décor, music, entertainment, tent rental, lighting, linens, ice carvings and photography. Our 37 years of success can be attributed to the company's innovative menus, impeccable service, attention to detail, and reliability. Clients count on us to guide them through an exciting, memorable experience. For more information, please call (404) 872-7859 or visit www.affairs.com.