The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) announced that Rob Geile, director of consultant services and education at Hobart, is joining the organization as a HCFS Fellow. Geile will assist in judging applications for the 2014 sustainability grant, which will be awarded to the individual or organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project of the year.

The deadline for grant applications is 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 28, 2014. The application form as well as rules and conditions are available for download at Organizations apply for the grant by submitting a case study of 10 or fewer pages explaining how their program address one or more of the following foodservice sustainability challenges:

  • How the operation reduced energy/water usage
  • How the operation reduced creation of wastewater or solid waste
  • How the operation implemented Farm-to-Fork programs or other combined programs

Applications must include a financial analysis of the program that addresses the cost of implementation, continuing costs, cumulative costs saved and return on investment. Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals, including ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, are also encouraged.

Duluth Grill in Duluth, Minn., received the 2013 HCFS grant in recognition of its sustainability program that includes implementing energy-saving and waste reduction measures as well as other steps to reduce its environmental footprint and transform its menu from pre-made franchise fare to a menu that is entirely built from scratch with fresh, organic and local ingredients.

As an HCFS Fellow, Geile joins sustainability experts from Food Service Technology Center, Sustainable Food Systems, and Heapy Engineering. He is an experienced foodservice industry veteran and active in numerous associations. Geile currently serves on the Board of the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council.

To learn more about the HCFS grant and to download the official application, rules and conditions, visit the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability at