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Sale of Emission Reduction Credits Identifying financial and environmental, value-added benefits to projects already approved and underway.
Hospital Blue Wrap Addressing the low-hanging fruit is a wise first step.  But identifying other fruit may take some doing.
Deli Chicken Packaging What works in one area may be applicable to another. 
Produce Packing Recognize a good idea and look for enhancements to keep it moving forward.


"Dynamite Specialty Products initially hired John Bernardo to evaluate a packaging change we were making. Even though we are a small Idaho company, we have now written John’s services into our on-going sustainability plan because his insight and expertise have been invaluable. It is rare to find someone as passionate as John who also thoroughly understands the business side of sustainability, including ROI and practical applications. We asked John to speak at our 2013 annual distributor conference and his fact-filled presentation was engaging, inspiring and fun! We feel very lucky to have John’s expertise, unique perspective, and extensive business connections in our back pocket as we navigate into the future where a focus on sustainability promises to be an evolving necessity.”


Callie Novak
Dynamite Specialty Products

"John Bernardo was a juror for the Prestigious DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in 2008 & 2009.  Throughout the judging process, John's leadership and organizational skills became quickly apparent.  In 2010, DuPont Packaging selected John Bernardo to be the head of the judging panel for its prestigious international 22nd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.   He guided the diverse panel of jurors through evaluation of over 160 entries for the selection of winners in this industry-leading awards program.  His knowledge of packaging industry innovation and his organizational & leadership skills were invaluable in the evaluation and selection of these new packaging breakthroughs".  

Shanna Moore
Director of Sustainability
DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers

"John Bernardo has been an exceptional value while leading us through our environmental sustainability initiatives. He is dedicated and his knowledge and experience in the subject area has been instrumental as he continues to drive the project forward. His passion for conserving the environment and balance with business objectives shows through his enlightening presentation. John’s guidance has brought enthusiasm and participation of our Executives and Managers in developing environmental awareness and action throughout our company."

Robert P. Garrity
Sr. V.P. Store Planning, Construction and Conservation
Giant Eagle, Inc.

"John Bernardo has been instrumental in establishing a recycling
program at St. Luke's. His initial efforts helped the hospital reduce waste-to-landfill amounts by over 30% and additional efforts are helping us move towards our goal of 50% reduction in waste-to-landfill. John worked directly with employees to develop departmental recycling programs that fit their needs. His enthusiasm for sustainability was infectious and paved the way for employee involvement."

Roger Dean, P.E.
Director of Building Services
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center

"John Bernardo has been a leader in proving the business case for sustainable packaging and systems within the grocery industry. Through his knowledge of the supply chain and personal concern for resource conservation, John has been instrumental in helping to bring companies together to deliver both positive environmental and economic results. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, John was both a spokesman and an example of the positive change possible through the collaboration of industry with NGOs. John’s participation as an early adopter in the Recyclable Transfer Packaging Roundtable supported the development of new technologies that turn “waste” destined for a landfill into a valuable recyclable resource, while also resulting in a positive impact for a retailer’s bottom line."

Anne Johnson
Senior Program Director
Green Blue Institute

“John Bernardo is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic proponent for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability issues. He managed the Resource Conservation and Sustainable Operations team at Albertson’s for seven years. He developed many unique and industry leading programs while also making a major impact to the corporate bottom line.”

John T. Domino
Vice President
Facilities, Energy, Environmental and Engineering
SuperValu, Inc.

Dear John:

Thank you for the outstanding workshop Friday, February 19 as well as the seminar on Monday, February 22.  Your organization, dedication to the cause of sustainable packaging and the knowledge you continually bring to our constituents is truly unsurpassed by any other presenter that I can recall in recent years.

Our 21st annual trade show & conference, Packaging & All That Jazz was a success in large part because of the educational module we provided for our members. You were obviously a substantial portion of that component.

Since the show’s conclusion, the office has received numerous comments regarding your presentations – all exceptional.  Your attention to detail and true understanding of retail packaging as it relates to sustainability is remarkable.

I do hope that you will consider future opportunities to collaborate with the Retail Packaging Association and its members.

On behalf of the board of directors and myself, we wish you continued success and look forward to working with you again very soon.

Warm Regards,

Gina Martin Breda
Executive Director
Retail Packaging Association
P.O. Box 43517
Cincinnati, OH 45243

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