Greenest Restaurant: Certified Green Restaurant® that received the most GreenPoints™

 

MUSE Kitchen is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® in Calabasas, California which has implemented 49 environmental steps and earned 561.19 GreenPoints™, the most GreenPoints™ of any Certified Green Restaurant®. Located within MUSE School, MUSE Kitchen serves 100% vegan food and has on-site solar panels that offset 80% of their annual energy usage. Aside from those extraordinary steps, they are also near-zero waste, purchase organic food products, use reusable and recycled products, and much more.

 

 

Most Innovative Restaurant: A Certified Green Restaurant® that has one or more environmental steps that are unique, noteworthy, and exciting.

 

Ancolie, a New York City 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, is one of the first restaurants in the nation to use exclusively reusable glass take-out containers instead of disposables containers. You can bring back the glass containers for $1 off your next meal. This is a great step towards reducing waste in the restaurant industry.

 

 

Green Leader: An individual in the restaurant industry who is a champion of sustainability at their Certified Green Restaurant® and in the restaurant community.

 

Stephen Moir is a culinary instructor at MCVTS Perth Amboy Technical School. Their culinary kitchen is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. He included his high school students in the certification process, administers quizzes on restaurant sustainability, and teaches them to cook with local and sustainable ingredients. By incorporating his students into the certification process and beyond, he is educating the next generation about important environmental issues in their future career.

 

 

Greenest Caterer: Certified Green Caterer™ that received the most GreenPoints™

 

Big Delicious Planet is a 4 Star Certified Green Caterer™ located in Chicago. They’ve implemented 104 environmental steps and earned 393.35 GreenPoints™. They have an urban farm with 50 raised beds, use onsite renewable energy, Energy Star equipment, and recycled and compostable disposables, among many other impressive steps.

 

 

Greenest Airport Foodservice: Airport with the most Certified Green Restaurants® 

 

John F. Kennedy Airport T4 has 32 concessions that are certified as Certified Green Restaurants®. They implemented a comprehensive recycling and composting program, LED lighting, and 90% of locations have vegan or vegetarian options.

 

 

Greenest University Restaurant: Certified Green Restaurant® located at a university that received the most GreenPoints™

 

Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. It was the first and only higher education cafeteria to reach over 400 GreenPoints™. They’ve implemented 128 environmental steps including a comprehensive recycling and composting program, 100% of their lights are LEDs, 70% of their coffee and tea offerings are USDA Certified Organic, and much more.

 

 

Greenest Corporate Cafeteria: Certified Green Restaurant® located in a corporate office that received the most GreenPoints™

 

Hertz Corporate Headquarters Café is located at Hertz HQ in Estero, FL. They’ve taken over 80 environmental steps and earned 312.47 GreenPoints™ to become a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant®.Some of their impressive steps include: on-site renewable energy, Energy Star appliances, Certified Organic and Humanely raised food products, high-efficiency lighting, greywater reuse for plumbing, and much more.

 

 

Greenest Zoo Restaurant: Certified Green Restaurant® located at a zoo that received the most GreenPoints™

 

Base Camp Café at the Cincinnati Zoo is a 4 Star SustainaBuild™ Certified Green Restaurant®. They’ve earned 435.27 GreenPoints™ and have implemented 123 environmental steps. They have recycled bathroom partitions, cabinetry, carpet, ceiling panels, doors, drywall, flooring, insulation, roofing, and more! They also have on-site renewable energy, local and organic food, rainwater catchment and reuse, and more.

 

 

Greenest Independent Restaurant: Independent Certified Green Restaurant® that received the most GreenPoints™

 

Kitchen Sync is a 4 Star SustainaBuild™ Certified Green Restaurant® located in Greenville, SC. They’ve earned 437.30 GreenPoints™ and have implemented 72 environmental steps. They have on-site renewable energy, on-site food production, use reused/salvaged materials, do not offer any bottled water, serve straws upon request, and much more.

 

 

Greenest School Cafeteria: Certified Green Restaurant® located in a K-12 school that received the most GreenPoints™

 

MUSE Kitchen  is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® in Calabasas, California which has implemented 49 environmental steps and earned 561.19 GreenPoints™, the most GreenPoints™ of any Certified Green Restaurant®. Located within MUSE School, MUSE Kitchen serves 100% vegan food and has on-site solar panels that offset 80% of their annual energy usage. Aside from those extraordinary steps, they are also near-zero waste, purchase organic food products, use reusable and recycled products, and much more.

 

 

Greenest Restaurant in NYC: New York City-based Certified Green Restaurant® with the most GreenPoints™

 

Pisticci is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® located in New York City. They’ve earned 378.73 GreenPoints™ and implemented 100 environmental steps. They offer no bottled water, 92% of their lighting are LEDs, they make deliveries by bicycle, use local produce from their own farm, and much more.

 

 

Reusables & Green Disposables Award: Received the most GreenPoints™in the Disposables Category

 

Ancolie earned 52.42 GreenPoints™ in the Disposables & Reusables category. They earned these GreenPoints™ by using recycled and compostable disposables, reusable dishes, glasses, and utensils for dine-in customers, reusable take-out containers, and more.

 

 

Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy Award: Received the most GreenPoints in the Energy Category

 

MUSE Kitchen earned 297.29 GreenPoints™ in the Energy category. They earned the majority of their points by having solar panels that offset 80% of their energy usage. They also have LED lighting, Energy Star equipment, occupancy sensors, and more.

 

 

Furnishing & Building Award: Received the most GreenPoints™in the Furnishing & Building Category

 

Tuskers at Riverbanks Zoo earned 70.70 GreenPoints™ in the Furnishing & Building category. They earned these GreenPoints™ by using recycled ceiling panels, recycled insulation, reused concrete, doors, drywall, lumber, roofing, steel framing, storefront, and wall panels.

 

 

Sustainable Food Award: Received the most GreenPoints in the Food Category

 

MUSE Kitchen earned 128.20 GreenPoints™ in the Sustainable Food category. They earned these GreenPoints™ by being 100% vegan, purchasing Certified Organic food, and having on-site food production.

 

 

Chemical & Pollution Reduction Award: Received the most GreenPoints™in the Chemicals Category

 

Cafe57 at Hearst earned 54.91 GreenPoints™ in the Chemicals & Pollution Reduction category. They earned these GreenPoints™ by using an lPM Certified pest control program, Low VOC sealants and paints, less toxic dish detergent, and much more. 

 

 

Near-Zero Waste Award: Received the most GreenPoints™in the Waste Category

 

Mammoth Hotel Dining Room & Founding Farmers Reston both earned 74.50 GreenPoints™ in the Waste category. Mammoth Hotel Dining Room earned their points by a comprehensive recycling (paper, plastics, cardboard, glass, aluminum, paints, chemicals, grease, fluorescent lamps, electronics, and batteries) and composting program, not using paper towels in restrooms, offering straws upon request, and more. Founding Farmers Reston earned their points by having a comprehensive recycling and composting program, offering no bottled water, reusables for staff meals, a reusable mug program, and more.

 

 

Water Conservation: Received the most GreenPoints™in the Water Category

 

Kitchen Sync earned 33.25 GreenPoints™ in the Water category. They earned these points by using a high efficiency pre-rinse sprayer, low flow faucet aerators, high efficiency toilets and urinals, serving water upon request, low water landscaping, and more. 

 

 

Green Marketing Award: Certified Green Restaurant® which markets their certification in the most effective & creative way.

 

Café de Boston has decals on almost all of their windows, multiple posters outlining their energy, water, and waste savings, the Certified Green Restaurant®logo on their uniforms, and much more!

 

 

Greenest Distributor: A Green Restaurant Distributor™that carries the most and/or varied products and has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability outside of the products they carry.

 

Ace Natural carries a large variety of local and organic food products. They also have solar panels on-site, purchase RECs, and use biodiesel trucks.

 

 

Greenest Product: Certified Green Product that helps restaurants earn the most GreenPoints™

 

WGL Energy Custom Solar Solutions can earn a restaurant up to 333 GreenPoints™

 

 

Most Innovative Product: Certified Green Product that is especially unique and innovative

 

PlateScrape™ is an innovative Certified Green Product that uses 93% less water than the tradition 1.28 GPM pre-rinse spray valve, saving restaurants money, energy, and water.

 

 

People's Choice: Voted on by the public

 

Farmers Restaurant Group has seven 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® located in the metro DC area and Pennsylvania. The restaurants have collectively earned over 1,500 GreenPoints™ and have taken hundreds of steps.

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Announcing the Green Restaurant Award Winners