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Copy of Green Restaurant Association

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Thor Erickson

on 6 January 2013

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"The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible." Agenda The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a United States non-profit organization that provides certification for restaurants to become more environmentally responsible.
The GRA rates existing restaurants and food service operations with points in seven categories.
These categories are
water efficiency
waste reduction and recycling
sustainable furnishings and building materials
sustainable food
energy, disposables
chemical and pollution reduction
Certified Green Restaurants need to accumulate points to be certified, have a full-scale recycling program, be free of Styrofoam, and fulfill yearly education requirements. Introduction The Green Restaurant Association was founded in San Diego in 1990.
Right away, the GRA developed its environmental guidelines, their Certification standards, and a system to make the process of change both efficient and rewarding for restaurant management and employees.
Since then, the GRA has built the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the restaurant industry; appeared in hundreds of media outlets; consulted some of the world’s largest companies; and currently helps restaurants in the United States and Canada. History Boston, MA Headquarters Mission Statement To create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry. Americans spend 44% percent of their food budget on food consumed away from home - $1,078 per person annually - dining at over 945,000 restaurants.
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is working to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry, calling attention to the fact that this sector accounts for 4% of the U.S. gross domestic product. With a blend of consulting, education, marketing, research, and consumer organizing, the GRA helps restaurants and their customers understand the environmental challenges facing the restaurant industry, and empowers them with clear solutions to combat these environmental issues. Importance The Green Sage--Asheville, NC
The greenest restaurant in the southeast Examples Boston University Union Court
The greenest food court in the country.
To start working with the Green Restaurant Association or to learn more, contact
(617) 737-4422 Get Involved! http://www.dinegreen.com/default.asp
http://dinegreen.weebly.com/ References Application Criteria 1. Water Efficiency
2. Waste Reduction and Recycling
3. Sustainable Furnishings and
Building Materials
4. Sustainable Food
5. Energy
6. Disposables
7.Chemical and Pollution Reduction

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