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The Green Restaurant Association’s (GRA) standards reflect 29 years of research in the field of restaurants and the environment. Thousands of restaurants and hundreds of thousands of restaurant personnel have provided the living laboratory for the continued evolution of the GRA Standards. The purpose of the GRA standards is to provide a transparent way to measure each restaurant’s environmental accomplishments while providing a pathway for the next steps each restaurant can take towards increased environmental sustainability.


Click on one of the eight environmental categories below to see the standards.

  1. Water Efficiency

  2. Waste Reduction and Recycling

  3. Sustainable Durable Goods & Building Materials

  4. Sustainable Food

  5. Energy

  6. Reusables & Environmentally Preferable Disposables

  7. Chemical and Pollution Reduction

  8. Transparency & Education


Click here to download all standards.



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