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Environmental Management Assistance Program

Food Manufacturers

Pennsylvania, also known as the “Snack Food Capital of the World,” generates around $38.4 billion annually worth of manufactured food products.  While there may be environmental compliance requirements to consider, there are plenty of opportunities for sustainability in food production.


Environmental Considerations in Food

Three important segments in food production to consider when increasing sustainability are operations, packaging, and waste – especially food waste. Explore energy efficient equipment, consider using recyclable packaging, and join a food waste initiative to increase sustainability in your small food production business.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.