The vast warehouse that holds States Logistics Services’ headquarters and packaged food operation in Buena Park, California, stretches a nondescript length of six football fields in a lot that replicates industrial parks nationwide.

But a closer look, and a little conversation, reveal several things that make this mainstream logistics company a player in the transition to a low-carbon economy. More than 1,000 solar panels top the giant building, providing it with 100 percent renewably powered electricity, helped occasionally by renewable energy credit purchases. Trucks moving in and out of the warehouse run on biodiesel fuel when weather conditions allow, reducing carbon emissions from its transit-heavy operation. And the packing, sorting and repacking done inside the logistics facilities involve a sophisticated recycling program that leaves only 15 percent of material not reused or recycled. 

States Logistics describes itself as a third-party provider of warehousing, packaging, transportation and distribution of goods. It’s a behind the scenes business-to-business company, not a household name. One of States Logistics’ main customers is Clif Bar & Company, whose product fills this warehouse in row after row of boxes stacked high.

Clif Bar, in a testament to the influence companies can have on their supply chains, has been evangelizing sustainability during its long working relationship with States Logistics, convincing it of the benefits of Clif’s 100-percent-renewable energy electricity sourcing and waste-free operations. Before long, States Logistics decided to follow with similar steps.
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