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Vital Farms Wins Environmental Award for Egg Facility
Missouri Ag Connection - 05/14/2018

A leader in the humane production of pasture-raised eggs and butter, Vital Farms has announced that it was honored at the 17th Choose Environmental Excellence Awards by The City of Springfield, Mo., for its environmental excellence at its new 'Egg Central Station.'

Springfield's Water Quality Division works to improve and protect water quality through projects and programs addressing stormwater pollution as well as aquatic and riparian health. Vital Farms was selected as its 2018 award recipient due to their best practices of stormwater green infrastructure, tree preservation, bioretention features, and erosion and sediment control both during construction and ongoing operations at its egg processing facility.

Even though the city does not currently have a tree preservation ordinance, Vital Farms voluntarily took additional measures to preserve existing trees on-site; this practice is one of the most valuable in stormwater management, as mature trees absorb and filter runoff. It also supports endangered pollinators and preserves the fauna and flora unique to the Ozarks.

"We are honored to be recognized by the City of Springfield's Water Quality Division for using environmental best practices in the design and construction of Vital Farms' first full-sized egg packing plant, Egg Central Station. We believe that our business is sustainable only if it is sustainable for all of our stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate, and this award is a wonderful recognition of that approach," said Russell Diez-Canseco, president and COO, Vital Farms.

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