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WAVERLY – The Waverly Chamber of Commerce and Main Street program has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Waverly’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Iowa, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards.

U.S. Cellular

donates to clubs

WATERLOO – U.S. Cellular has donated $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley to provide K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities to youths.

This is part of a $1 million donation to clubs across the country and $85,000 in Iowa. It is the fourth year U.S. Cellular has funded 57 Boys & Girls Clubs to provide academic and after-school enrichment programs, with a focus on STEM programming.

The company has contributed more than $10.65 million to K-12 education since 2009. In 2017, U.S. Cellular associates volunteered at more than 185 events and are committed to volunteering 35,000 hours in local communities again this year.

ConAgra team

earns

honors

CHICAGO — Conagra Brands Inc. last week celebrated employees’ commitment to sustainability throughout the organization at its annual Sustainable Development Awards, including handing out an award to a Waterloo team.

Each year, the awards call on employees to submit their innovative ideas for ways to improve sustainability within the company with projects that save energy, conserve water and reduce waste. This year, employees entered 57 projects which drove the following results:

  • Reduced waste by more than 9,200 tons.
  • Optimized and improved packaging while using 1,400 tons less material.
  • Conserved more than 170 million gallons of water.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,900 metric tons.

Conagra’s 2018 winning sustainability projects include waste reduction and recycling at the Waterloo plant: Seeing unnecessary packaging and product waste occurring during equipment start-up, the project team did a study to confirm the exact amount of bags required to be purged during start-up, saving 225,000 bags of DAVID Seeds per year.

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