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We are a leader in the dining industry when it comes to sustainability. Our company-wide programs aim to reduce our environmental impact through lowered energy usage, decreased waste, and local sourcing

We've made continual steps forward in greening our dining operations in partnership with our clients. Just a few, aside from our local purchasing program, include on-site gardening and composting, biodegradable and reusable to-go packaging options, conversion of fryer oil into biodiesel fuel, and a commitment to ongoing events and seminars to educate guests about what they can do on site and at home to protect the environment.

SUSTAINABILITY TIMELINE

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2016
  • Cura partners with Common Market Philadelphia

    Cura partners with Common Market Philadelphia

    Cura Hospitality is proud to partner with Common Market Philadelphia. Their mission is to strengthen regional farms while making the local bounty accessible to communities and the institutions that serve them.

    Through Common Market, we are able to provide the infrastructure to connect Cura-served hospitals and senior living communities with food grown by our region’s sustainable farmers.   For more detailed information, go to commonmarketphila.org.

     

     


     

     

2015
2009
  • Cura begins recycling used fryer oil into biodiesel fuel

    Cura begins recycling used fryer oil into biodiesel fuel

    Conversion of waste oil into bio-fuel is a significant part of our sustainability initiatives. We have partnered with the companies below to achieve this initiative.  

    Valley Proteins – Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland

    Valley Proteins is responsible for picking up the majority of the spent oil from our locations.  Not only does the company convert spent oil into bio-fuel, it actually uses it for heating the processing facilities and powering the truck fleet.  

    Fossil Free Fuel / Green Gourmet – Pittsburgh, PA, area only

    Fossil Free Fuel provides filtered vegetable oil to its customers for use in custom, retrofitted diesel equipment and heating systems.  

    Waste Oil Recyclers – Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware and South Jersey

    Waste Oil Recyclers can help you communicate our support of the Green Energy movement by providing window stickers and CO2 reports to inform the public.  For more detailed information, go to www.wasteoilrecyclers.com.

    Kalista & Sons – Ohio

    Kalista and Sons is an independent waste hauler and is so impressed with the technology of bio-fuels that the company is in the midst of heating its operation with bio-fuel, as well as fueling its trucks with a blend of bio-diesel.

2006
  • Cura begins working with local community-supported agriculture programs

    Cura begins working with local community-supported agriculture programs

    From a handful of farms 15 years ago, the community-supported agriculture (CSA) concept has grown to as many as 5,000 nationwide.  People sign up for CSA, pay a regular fee and receive a weekly box of farm goods, generally delivered somewhere in their own neighborhood.

    Cura takes it one step further by creating opportunities for smaller farms to sell and deliver fresh produce to our clients’ associates and other guests - while Cura chefs prepare and present recipe ideas using the fresh food harvested from the CSA farms. The farmer gets a dependable source of income and a dependable destination for the produce, and our clients receive fresh fruits and vegetables, far fresher than anything you can get at the store.

2005
  • Cura switches to trans fat-free cooking oil

    Cura switches to trans fat-free cooking oil

    In 2005, Cura replaced its cooking oil for French fries, chicken and other fried foods with trans fat-free oil to provide healthier alternatives to guests.  The overall move came on the heels of a growing concern by health experts over the link between trans fat and a higher risk of heart attacks and increased cholesterol levels.

    To initiate the effort, Cura partnered with Penn State University’s Center for Food Innovation to assess what manufacturer and fat-free product would best meet the company’s cooking and taste requirements for its dining service operations.

    After more than a year of research and testing, Cura selected trans fat-free canola oil that originates from seeds produced by Bayer Corporation. In addition to being trans fat-free, canola oil also has only one gram of saturated fat per serving – an added health benefit, as well as a fresh, cleaner taste.

    "Dining service companies like Cura that switch to trans fat-free cooking oil are on the leading edge of providing healthy alternatives for guests," said Pete Bordi, Ph.D., associate professor, director, Center for Food Innovation, Penn State University.  "Plus, they are helping to address a growing concern in America about the dangers of heart disease and high cholesterol diets."

    Cooking with trans fat-free oil is healthier and enhances the taste and quality of the fresh foods already served to customers.  This complements Cura’s overall approach to provide more nutritious, less processed foods to customers and guests.

  • Cura switches to only rBGH/rBST-free milk

    Cura switches to only rBGH/rBST-free milk

    Cura only purchases fluid milk that comes from independently owned family farms that do not use rBST to increase their cows’ milk production. We purchase from these dairies because we believe in preserving the natural milk supply for our locations. 

    Recombinant bovine somatotropin hormone, sometimes referred as BGH, rBGH and BST, is a genetically engineered copy of a naturally occurring hormone produced by cows. The naturally occurring hormone regulates the amount of milk a cow can produce; the genetically engineered copy of the hormone is used specifically to boost those amounts, in turn producing more milk. According to the FDA, no significant difference has been shown and no test can distinguish between milk from rBGH-treated and untreated cows.