Sarasota County earns 2019 Green Supply Chain Award for third consecutive year

Materials Management Division praised for efforts to reduce waste and save money

Jeff Lowdermilk is the director of the county’s General Services Department. File photo

The Sarasota County Government Materials Management team has earned the Supply and Demand Chain Executive Award for the third consecutive year, the county has announced.

“The award recognizes companies and organizations that are making sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, and working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains,” a news release explains. The integration of sustainability into the operations of the county’s Materials Management Division “has resulted in cost savings and waste reduction benefits,” the release adds.

Sarasota County General Services Department Director Jeff Lowdermilk noted in the release that the Materials Management Division “continues to fully embrace environmental stewardship,” which is one of General Services’ organizational goals.

“I’m very proud of their continued dedication to saving money, eliminating waste and providing the highest level of service,” Lowdermilk added in the release.

Lee Hayes Byron, director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Services in the county, noted in the release that the Materials Management team consistently demonstrates leadership “when it comes to sustainable practices for warehouse and supply management.”

“We are fortunate to have such innovative members on the county team. They are constantly looking for opportunities to reduce waste,” Byron added.