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25 newly certified green restaurants you can feel good about (or even eat at)

April 14th, 2011

In celebration of Earth Day, the Green Restaurant Association has released a list of the restaurants, chains and cafes to attain the GRA certification this year. The list includes well-known affordable eateries like Panera Bread, coffee houses like Peet’s Coffee and upscale restaurants like those operated by celebrity chef Mario Batali (who’s joined on the list by chefs Eric Ripert and Rick Bayless).

Green Restaurant Association-certified eateries pledge to forgo using eco-unfriendly Styrofoam, minimize packaging and recycle or compost organic waste, seek out sustainable foods and reduce energy consumption.

Here are the prominent chains receiving certification this year:

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NYC Pizzeria Roberta’s reuses, recycles and grows its own food

February 1st, 2010

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

New Yorkers have gotten pretty good at finding new places to grow plants: rooftops in Brooklyn, abandoned rail lines in Manhattan, and now they’re conquering the tops of old shipping containers.

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Eco-friendly restaurants are lowering their ‘food print’ and energy costs in many ways

January 29th, 2010

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Consumers are being more conscious now than ever before of their own sustainable practices. They are buying from local farmers markets, recycling, and switching to LED lights.

But when a person leaves home, say to go out to eat, they could pack on the carbon calories without realizing it — especially if the restaurant they visit isn’t treading lightly on the environment.

According to the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), the certification body aiming to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry, an average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water and produces 150,000 pounds of garbage a year. Even worse, the restaurant industry as a whole, which includes approximately 900,000 restaurants in the United States, is the largest consumer of electricity in the commercial sector.

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After making french fries, grease powers kitchen lights

January 9th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Everyone knows that cooking oil can be used as a source of fuel, but most folks think of that as something only done by hardcore do-it-yourselfers willing to tinker forever in the garage. If Owl Power Company has its way, that image is going to change, starting in commercial kitchens across America.

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