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The Greenest Restaurants in the World

 If all restaurants in the world followed the lead of the following Green Restaurant Award winners, we’d have a more sustainable and stable planet. Restaurants consume 1/3 of all electricity in the retail sector. Dining out accounts for over half of our food budget. With issues of climate change, ocean pollution, and sustainable food at the forefront of this year’s headlines, we take this opportunity to highlight the restaurants that are true role models on how to operate sustainably.
“The restaurant has an enormous impact on our environment. We applaud all the sustainability accomplishments that Certified Green Restaurants® have implemented, and we are excited to celebrate some exceptional restaurants that are truly going the extra mile,” says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association.
Greenest Restaurant
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
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.
Greenest Caterer
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
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
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 Café
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.
Green Leader
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.
You can see the rest of the award winners here. The Green Restaurant Association congratulates the 2018 Green Restaurant Award winners.
About the Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. Since 1990, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit


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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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