All across America, there are many environmentally friendly places to eat and shop. Listed below are some organizations we have found that help businesses become green and help consumers find those restaurants.
Green Restaurant Association- Founded in 1990, this national non-profit organization works with its member restaurants to find the right distributors and products. From energy saving lightbulbs to chlorine-free paper products, members stay green by continuously improving and by completing four additional steps each year. A guide of certified green restaurants can also be found on their site.
Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants targets ethnic restaurants in the bay area in reducing its environmental impact. With the Aladmeda Country Green Business (Certification) Program(ACGBP), Thimmakka has already outreached to 30 Alameda county restaurants and plans to expand in the upcoming year. To see Thimmakka’s list of green restaurants click here.
Sustainable Berkeley is another organization that not only targets restaurants but all businesses in hopes of making Berkeley, CA one of the “greenest” cities around. By signing the Sustainability Pledge businesses strive to reduce green house emissions and commit to a Zero Waste Economy.
These organizations show how there are different methods for a business, restaurant or otherwise, to become green. As a resident of Berkeley, I found that there are plenty of resources to find an environmentally responsible business in my area just from the city’s web page. Overall being green both as a business and a consumer is a realistic endeavor with the help of others. Please let us know if you’ve used these resources to find a business in your area.