Sustainability

U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards : Current winners

The 2015 winners include dairy farms and operations from across the country. They have made improvements to benefit not only the environment, but their bottom lines and the communities in which they work and live.

2015 Sustainability Award winners

Meet the 2015 winners

Each of this year’s Sustainability Award winners have a unique story to tell. But one thing is certain — their actions, both big and small, demonstrate that wholesome dairy products are produced responsibly.


Read below to see how these pioneering dairy farms and businesses are advancing the industry’s commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

Recognizing farms that serve as examples of socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound dairy production.
Sustainability Award winners 2015
Dorrich Dairy

Click above to read about Dorrich Dairy’s innovative integrated pest management system — a holistic approach that minimizes the farm’s use of chemicals as well as improving its environmental footprint.


Share Dorrich Dairy's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Nobis Dairy Farms

Click above to learn how Nobis Dairy Farms use many projects to add up to a sustainable operation, including a closed-loop manure management system, rainwater collection and buffer strips.


Share Nobis Dairy Farms' story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Oregon Dairy Farm

Click above to read about Oregon Dairy Farm’s commitment to keeping Chesapeake Bay clean and sharing its story with more than 15,000 visitors a year. You can also hear more about Oregon Dairy Farm here.


Share Oregon Dairy Farm's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Alliance Dairies - Honorable Mention

Click above to learn how Alliance Dairies is using a methane digester to produce 70 percent of the dairy’s daily electric needs. You can also hear more about Alliance Dairies here.  


Share Alliance Dairies' story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing Sustainability

Recognizing dairy processors and manufacturers whose businesses exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability: good for business, the community and the environment.
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Hilmar Cheese Company

Click above to read about Hilmar Cheese Company's LEED Platinum® certification and how it is recovering almost 100 percent of water from incoming milk. You can also hear more about Hilmar Cheese Company here and read about their sustainability efforts in their Sustainability Report. 


Share Hilmar Cheese Company's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.


Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship

Recognizing dairy operations (both on and off the farm) that have measurable success in managing their resources with optimum efficiency and quality.
Sustainability Award winners 2015
Freund's Farm

Learn how a seventh-grade science project helped lead to a successful business venture that invests $2 million back into the local community. You can also hear more about Freund’s Farm here


Share Freund’s Farm's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.


T-Bar Dairy and White Gold Dairy - Honorable Mention

Click above to read about T-Bar Dairy’s unique method of growing crops in drought-ridden Central Valley, California, and how the farm has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the equivalent of taking 184 cars off the road. 


Share T-Bar Dairy and White Gold Dairy's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships

Recognizing collaborations (both on and off the farm) to improve lives and communities through their positive impacts on child health and wellness, hunger relief and/or environmental stewardship.
HP Hood LLC and CleanWorld

Click above to learn how HP Hood LLC and CleanWorld’s collaboration has led to annual reductions in GHG emissions by 3,276 metric tons and water use by 1.8 million gallons. You can hear more about CleanWorld's biodigester here.  


Share HP Hood LLC and CleanWorld's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Prairie Farms Dairy - Honorable Mention

Click above to read about the Milk 2 My Plate program that has helped distribute 194,000 gallons of milk to those who need it most. 


Share Northern Illinois Food Bank and Prairie Farms Dairy's story by downloading a social media graphic here and using #DairyGood.