About WISE

The intelligent use of resources is infused across the entire system of Services Group of America companies. This is a driving factor in our operations resulting in:

• Lowered consumption
• Smarter processes
• Innovative technologies
• Eco-friendly products

Our ethic of working diligently to continually improve our efficiencies results in:

• Green equipment
• Energy-efficient distribution centers
• Operations that minimize unnecessary consumption

Attention to detail, judicious choices and a system which rewards risk-taking to drive innovation and initiative add up to a corporation looking toward the future.

Green Buildings

The SGA Corporate Center headquarters features:

• An advanced computerized building energy management system
• Reduced need for interior lighting
• Motion sensors to reduce lighting usage
• Energy-efficient T5 fluorescent lighting
• Solar film-tinted exterior windows to reduce heat gain by up to 35%
• Reduced water use with drought tolerant landscaping
• Reduced water use with drip irrigation
• Water conserving low-flow toilets and motion-sensitive faucets

Our different branch locations feature:

• Energy-efficient food refrigeration systems
• Energy-efficient HVAC systems
• Energy-efficient florescent lighting systems
• Motion sensors to reduce lighting usage in low traffic areas
• High-speed, low-energy doors to keep storage areas cool
• Electric forklifts and pallet jacks
• Energy-efficient insulation for wall panel structures
• Door and dock seals to reduce refrigeration loss
• Double and triple-deep product retrieval systems for more efficient use of space
• Vertical warehouse design to reduce cooling costs
• Reflective roof systems to reduce heat transfer and solar gain

Green Processes

• Pallet recycling programs
• Cardboard recycling programs
• Plastic recycling programs
• Water recycling programs
• Metal recycling programs
• Office paper recycling programs
• Packaging reduction initiatives
• Eco-friendly cleaning solutions
• Filtering ponds for storm water runoff
• Warehouse management system for efficient routing

Green Activities

• Organic product distribution
• Car pool programs for Associates
• Energy efficiency committees
• Web-based online training programs to reduce travel

Green Trucks

• Use of fuel-efficient tires
• Used tire trade-in program
• Tire Air Inflation System to ensure proper inflation
• Super Single Tires to reduce friction
• Air Shield Farings to increase aerodynamic efficiency
• Truck Set Speed to reduce fuel consumption
• Automatic transmissions for reduced fuel consumption
• Low RPM, high-torque motors to reduce fuel consumption
• Automatic engine shut down after 5 minutes of idling
• Extended intervals between oil changes
• Recycle used oil filters
• Extended-life antifreeze and recycled antifreeze
• Airbag suspension for longer life and better fuel utilization
• LED lights for longer life
• Electric hybrid 22-foot refrigerated box truck

Green Reefer Units

• Auto shut off
• Quiet Reefer
• Optimal temperature shut off
• Auto shut off when door is open
• Electric stand-by
• Plug in at dock for reduced fuel use
• High speed & low speed motors for reduced fuel use
• Long life coolant & recycled coolant
• Ozone-friendly freon

Green Trailers

• Liners made from recycled materials
• Bulkhead system to maintain temperatures
• Rear ramp and side ramp reduces open door time
• Air System for tires for reduced fuel consumption
• Lightweight aluminum rims for better fuel mileage
• LED lights
• Super Single X 1 Michelin Tires for reduced fuel use
• Automatic Timer Switch for lights
• Air Bag Suspension for better fuel mileage
• Tri-Fold Rear Doors – Fuel Savings with the ability to Open One Door Fold at a time
• LED Break Lights on Top & Back of Trailer – Reduces Accidents
• Adjustable Bulkheads - reduce run time of reefer Units and fuel savings

Green Maintenance

• Recycled oil
• Recycled oil filters
• Recycled antifreeze
• Recycled batteries
• Reclaimed freon
• Re-capped tires
• Extended life oil
• Extended life coolant

Working Intelligently for a Sustainable Enterprise (WISE)

FSA Portland Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

Recycling at the Portland food show
FSA Portland's Pamela Lewis (l.) with Tim Libra (r.) of OCC at the food show.

FSA Portland was recently named a Sustainability Partner by the Oregon Convention Center for its commitment to reducing waste at their events.

“With your partnership, we are showing other venues, businesses, and the public what a responsible event can look like,” said Ryan Harvey, OCC Sustainability Coordinator.

A variety of waste is generated at food shows, such as food samples, printed materials, plastic utensils, and packaging. Using eco-friendly utensils, plates, and reusable cloth bags eliminates a few of these problems. Since 2011, Portland has been educating vendors and attendees about donating, composting, and recycling in the hopes of achieving a food show with absolutely zero waste.

FSA has partnered with the Oregon Convention Center since 2011 to work toward achieving zero waste.