Washington, D.C. – The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy™ will kick off the IDFA Dairy Sustainability Symposium on Wednesday, May 25, with an update on the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment and progress made on key initiatives to reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint and build business value.

The Dairy Sustainability Symposium is designed to help members of the dairy industry and related businesses to better understand sustainability and to target ways to decrease carbon footprint and increase efficiency. It will be held May 25‐26 at The James Hotel in Chicago.

The Innovation Center’s presentation will highlight the industry’s scientific research efforts, including life cycle assessments for fluid milk and cheese and how these findings will benefit the entire dairy industry. Speakers from the Innovation Center include Ying Wang, Ph.D., director of research, and Gail Barnes, Ph.D., vice president of technology and packaging. Dr. Barnes will be joined by industry experts who will discuss energy efficiency best practices.

“While sustainable practices have long been a part of our industry, this commitment is producing model programs and processes for the whole industry,” said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs. “During the symposium, we will be able to examine how far we’ve come and where we want to go moving forward.”

The discussion also will introduce a new sustainability initiative that responds to the growing interest and activity in sustainability reporting and product score carding. Sandra Vijn, director of sustainability metrics and evaluation for the Innovation Center, will present on the trend, as well as the dairy industry’s progress in this increasingly important field.

“Sustainability reporting is gaining traction as a method to measure, describe and respond to questions from brands, investors and retailers,” Vijn said. “The U.S. dairy industry is working together to develop a framework for consistent measuring and reporting, and to promote supply chain innovations, continuous improvement and increased transparency in line with the U.S. dairy vision and guiding principles.”

For more information or to register for the Dairy Sustainability Symposium, visit http://www.idfa.org/events‐‐trade‐show/interactive‐event‐calendar/details/97/.

Source: The International Dairy Foods Association