5 Ways to Lower Your Restaurant’s Carbon Footprint

The U.S. restaurant industry consumes 1/3 of all electricity in the retail sector. If we don’t dramatically reduce our planet’s dirty energy consumption, we will see sea levels rise, glaciers melt, increased extreme weather events, and many more negative effects on our Earth. Luckily, there are ways for restaurants to curb their emissions. Here are some ways you can lower your restaurant’s carbon footprint and save money along the way. 1. Invest in high-efficiency pre-rinse sprayers and aerators These don’t just save water, they also help to save a tremendous amount of energy for your restaurant. Install a pre-rinse spray valve that uses less than a gallon per minute and has a 21 second or l

Want to Reduce Waste? Start by Throwing in the Towel

Restaurants throw away approximately 100,000 pounds of waste a year. This number doesn’t just include food waste, but also bottles, cans, straws, packaging, paper products, and much more. Further, restaurant waste isn’t limited to the kitchen and dining areas. In fact, one major culprit is most commonly found in the restrooms: paper towels. According to the Paperless Project: 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year in the U.S. 20,000 gallons of water are polluted for each ton of paper towels produced How can your restaurant eliminate this type of waste for good? Invest in a high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer from Excel Dryer. The Green Restaurant Association endorses the fo

4 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Dining Out

Eating out has significantly grown in popularity, to the point that Americans now spend more money dining out than on groceries. Because of this, it may come as no surprise that the restaurant industry in the U.S. consumes 1/3 of all energy produced in the retail sector and can produce about 100,000 pounds of trash a year. Consumers have more of an impact than ever before while dining out, and luckily there are plenty of ways to dine green. 1. Try Meatless Mondays Eating lower on the food chain reduces the use of precious resources and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. In terms of the impact on climate change, it’s estimated that livestock management accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissio

Sustainable Recipe Series: The Power Protein VegeNation Burger

We're starting a new blog series featuring sustainable recipes from our Certified Green Restaurants®! First up is VegeNation, an all vegan & Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant® located in Vegas. Learn more about the steps they've taken here. THE POWER PROTEIN VEGENATION BURGER Ingredients: 1 cup cooked steel cut oats 1 cup walnuts 1/2 Tbsp avocado oil, plus more for cooking 1/2 white onion, finely chopped 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup hemp seeds 1 Tbsp each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans 1/2 cup chickpea flour 4 Tbsp vegan BBQ sauce Instructions: Cook steel cut oats in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes until s

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