Dining Gets Greener in America's Landmarks

Dining Gets Greener in America's Landmarks

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Dining Gets Greener in America's Landmarks

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By Cari Martens

The greening of America rolls on.

The Green Restaurant Association recently announced that 110 of the country’s most well known institutions have pledged to become Certified Green Restaurants®. Restaurant Associates, which manages cafes and eateries in America’s landmark museums and galleries, has taken the unprecedented move of creating a five-year partnership with the Green Restaurant Association to green the operations of all of its current and future locations.

Soon, when patrons visit the likes of the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and even the United States House of Representatives, they can Dine Green in every café and sandwich shop on the premises. Tourists, Congressmen and museum patrons will be able to visit dinegreen.com and see the exact details of what each dining facility is doing to earn the Certified Green Restaurant® seal.

‘Restaurant Associates is truly a leader in this industry,’ says Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. ‘It’s one thing for a company to make a statement that they want to ‘go green’. It is another to contractually and publicly commit to having all of its locations implement the necessary environmental steps to become Certified Green Restaurants®.’

To date, Restaurant Associates is the largest, multi-concept company to work with the GRA and seek Certification.

Restaurant Associates has selected the GRA’s 2 Star Certification as the goal for each location, which means they will:

1. Have Full-Scale Recycling Program

2. Be free of polystyrene-foam

3. Meet the minimum points in 6 environmental categories

4. Earn at least 100 Points within the Certification guidelines

5. Institute an annual environmental education program for staff

6. Earn 140 total points by the end of the fifth year of Certification

‘We work with the leading cultural institutions in America,’ says Ed Sirhal, President of Restaurant Associates. ‘In the spirit of helping our clients lead the way toward sustainability, we have chosen to work with the leaders who founded the Green Restaurant® movement two decades ago.’

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