Carbon Emissions and Food Waste Reduced with Baldor’s SparCs Program

by Kelly Eisenhardt
Apr 12, 2016 12:30 PM ET

The White House Climate Change Plan to Reduce Methane Emissions identified landfills as being responsible for 18% of all methane emissions and approximately 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. [1] Baldor Specialty Foods, a leading produce distributor in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states based in the Bronx, NY, is on a mission to reduce these numbers by tackling the overwhelming problem of food waste in the United States.

Thomas McQuillan is a Business Analyst at Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. where he leads the SparCs initiative to eliminate food waste from the company’s production process. Prior to joining Baldor, he was owner and president of IDC Corporation, a company that produced mechanical insulation, safety and abatement supplies. In his new role, he is tasked with developing a strategic initiative to reduce the food waste Baldor produces daily.

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Kelly Eisenhardt is Co-Founder and Managing Director at BlueCircle Advisors, an environmental compliance and sustainability consulting and training firm based in Massachusetts ( In her role at BlueCircle Advisors, she is responsible for providing business intelligence, strategy and implementation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk programs. Her experience aligns well with her client’s needs for technology, compliance, and sustainability expertise by helping companies create and manage their corporate environmental and social responsibility programs. She specializes in strategy, planning, and reporting for Conflict Minerals, RoHS, and REACH. She is also a member of the Corporate Responsibility Association and participates in the Ratings and Rankings, as well as Responsible Supply Chain committees.