FirstCarbon Solutions and Compass Group Launch Carbon FOODprint Toolkit to Redefine Sustainability within Foodservice

  FirstCarbon Solutions and Compass Group Launch Carbon FOODprint Toolkit to
            Redefine Sustainability within Foodservice Operations

Unique, Web-Based Tool Design Helps Chef and Managers Measure, Manage and
Reduce Energy, Water and Resource Use

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif. and CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 27, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. and CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FirstCarbon
Solutions, a pioneer and industry leader in environmental sustainability
business solutions, and Compass Group, the world's leading food and support
services company, today announced the launch of the software tool being used
to support Compass Group's Carbon FOODprint™ toolkit. This unique, web-based
tool, powered by FirstCarbon Solutions, is designed to help Compass Group's
food operations staff lower their environmental impact and operational costs.
Early Carbon FOODprint adopters to date include well-known companies, such as
SAP, and colleges, including Auburn University and Green Mountain College.

An easy-to-use toolkit, Carbon FOODprint allows chefs and managers to create
customized strategies to reduce their operations' carbon footprints by
decreasing waste disposal, and energy and water use. Foodservice managers can
make up to 185 strategic choices four key areas, including menu engineering,
kitchen services, site equipment and facilities. Developed by FirstCarbon
Solutions and hosted as part of its Sustainability Workbench platform, the
web-based software application is an integral part of the Carbon FOODprint
toolkit.This online technology allows cafes to benchmark and measure the
improvements made throughout the cafe, which can be shared with clients for
annual reports, sustainability indexes, and disclosure to public programs such
as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

To develop the strategic planning portion of the Carbon FOODprint toolkit,
Compass Group partnered with key players who could provide specific
contributions in their area of expertise, such as the Green Restaurant
Association, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Food Service
TechnologyCenter (supported by Pacific Gas & Electric). In "Phase 2" of this
project, Compass Group teamed with FirstCarbon Solutions, to enhance the
toolkit with sustainability metrics in a robust and user-friendly software
platform, with cutting-edge dashboard applications for food service industry
clients.

Marc Zammit, Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives at Compass Group,
said the web-based tool was created in response to his clients' growing
interest in having a strategic planning tool to measure, manage, and lower
their operation costs and food service carbon footprint.

"With Carbon FOODprint, we now have an opportunity to provide our clients with
cost effective solutions to lower the environmental impact of their food
services," Zammit said. "Commercial food service is a resource intense
operation, and our onsite teams will use this scalable toolkit to make their
operation more sustainable by minimizing carbon impact, while at the same time
implementing best practices that lower operational costsin the areas of
menuing, energy, water and waste. Supported by FirstCarbon Solutions software,
managers will now have the information they need to make the best choices for
their business, their clients and the environment."

As part of the design and collaboration with Compass Group, FirstCarbon
Solutions collected thousands of pieces of data on the production, packaging,
and transport of individually purchased food items, serving materials, and
cleaning chemicals required to manage a foodservice operation "from cradle to
customer." The Toolkit couples this information with site-specific operational
data from individual cafes to provide up-to-date dashboards on the carbon,
energy, water, and wastes associated with all aspect of a food service
operation (facilities, kitchen operations, kitchen services, and menu
engineering).

"Compass Group's Carbon FOODprint proves the point that sustainability and
profitability are not mutually exclusive," said Robert Francisco, President,
FirstCarbon Solutions. "With this innovative technology developed by
FirstCarbon Solutions, Compass Group will help redefine sustainability within
foodservice operations by providing cafes unprecedented visibility into the
impact their operations have on the environment and helping teams create
behavioral changes that will have long-term impacts and improvements."

Chet Chaffee, FirstCarbon Solutions Director of Supply Chain and Life Cycle
Assessment added, "The software platform that FirstCarbon Solutions Group
developed in support of the Carbon FOODprint toolkit benchmarks the carbon,
energy, water and waste footprints of each participating unit, and provides
insights on where to make changes to maximize sustainable efficiencies across
the operation. To my knowledge, such a comprehensive, systematic and
technically sound program, that considers all these aspects of food
operations, has never been tackled before."

Carbon FOODprint toolkit is currently generally available to all 9,900 Compass
Group cafes in the United States.

About Compass Group, North America
Based in Charlotte NC, Compass Group North America is the leading foodservice
management and support services company with $12 billion USD (£7.5 billion) in
revenues in 2012. With over 500,000 associates worldwide, its parent company,
UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues of £16.9 billion in the fiscal year
ending September 30, 2012.

About FirstCarbon Solutions
FirstCarbon Solutions advances sustainable practices around the world and
helps organizations responsibly grow and operate their businesses. Seamlessly
delivering fully integrated, cost-effective consulting, data management and
software solutions, FirstCarbon Solutions helps clients save time, reduce
costs, optimize resource use, and drive operational efficiencies in a world
where sustainability matters. With more than 30 years of environmental and
sustainability consulting experience, FirstCarbon Solutions has
officesthroughout Asia, Europe, Australia and North America to ensure we meet
our clients' ever-evolving environmental and compliance needs in energy, air
and carbon management; environmental assessments and planning; supply and life
cycle assessments; permitting and compliance; software and data processing.
For more information, visit www.firstcarbonsolutions.com.

PRESS CONTACTS:
For FirstCarbon Solutions:          For Compass Group:
Steve Fiore   Veronica Ospina
SS|PR Compass Group North America
800/287-2279  704/328-4291
sfiore@sspr.com  veronica.ospina@compass-usa.com

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