The National Restaurant Association has received two Awards of Excellence in the 2010 Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives. The National Restaurant Association’s ProStart career-building program and Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability environmental initiative are two of the 21 winners. The NRA is the only organization to receive two awards in this second round of the awards, which received more than 100 entries.
â€˜We are honored to receive the Awards of Excellence and proud to support America’s nearly one million restaurants as they serve guests, communities and their employees,â€™ says Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and chief executive.
â€˜Both the Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability initiative and ProStart program play big roles in assisting our industry in reaching new levels of excellence. Our vision as an organization is to enhance the quality of life for all we serve, and these programs help us realize that goal.â€™
â€˜The programs put forward by the National Restaurant Association truly embody the spirit of ASAE’s Associations Advance America campaign,â€™ says Ping Wei, 2009-2010 Associations Advance America Committee Chair. â€˜It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase these activities as examples of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society.â€™
ProStart is a career-building program by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and state restaurant associations. Nationwide, 83,000 high school students in 47 states, territories and districts are served by the program, which blends classroom learning with mentored work experience to teach management and culinary skills for a career in the foodservice industry. For more information on the program, visit http://prostart.restaurant.org.
Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability is the NRA’s environmental initiative that helps restaurants nationwide increase their sustainability efforts. The Conserve website houses free tips, tools and resources for restaurant operators to understand the issues and find ways to reduce their environmental footprint while minding the bottom line.