Chicago Now Home to the Most 4 Star Certified Green Restaurants®
Press Release, Oct. 2012
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Chicago Now Home to the Most 4 Star Certified Green Restaurants® in the Country Mayor Rahm Emanuel Proud of Chicago's Green Dining Leadership
Chicago, IL - 10/3/2012 Boasting the highest concentration of 4 Star Certified Green Restaurants®, and one of the highest concentrations of Certified Green Restaurants® in the entire country, Chicago's status as a green dining mecca has been firmly established. Amongst the almost 30 Certified Green Restaurants® in the metro area are Uncommon Ground, Michael Jordan's Chicago Steakhouse, and Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO.
Chicago's Uncommon Ground earned the title of 2011's Greenest Restaurant® in the Country. This great accomplishment attracted national attention, including from Chicago's very own mayor. Mayor Rahm Emanuel proudly states: "I'm proud to have in our City of Chicago the Greenest Restaurant in the Country. Uncommon Ground is a great example of what our city can do and what our country can do, use water and energy more efficiently, grow more sustainable food, while boasting the world's most sustainable businesses."
To celebrate Chicago becoming a prominent green dining destination, the Green Restaurant Association has upgraded DineGreenChicago.com to make it easier for consumers to find Chicago's rapidly increasing number of Certified Green Restaurants® on their iPads, phones, and computers. As a leading green dining city, Chicago now satisfies the 79% of Chicago residents who prefer to dine at Certified Green Restaurants®.
DineGreenChicago.com Features: - The first interactive map of Certified Green Restaurants® - Certified Green Restaurant® listings - Suggestion Cards to encourage more restaurants to go green - Education on the environmental impact of the restaurant industry - Media content about Chicago's Certified Green Restaurants® - Green Label Transparency Tools showing each restaurant's itemized environmental steps and GreenPointsTM
All of Chicago's Certified Green Restaurants® have met the rigorous environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association by earning at least 100 GreenPointsTM in the categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals and disposables. Additionally, each Certified Green Restaurant® has eliminated use of StyroFoamTM and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.
94% of Chicago residents also want any green claims to be vetted by a third-party organization as being true. On DineGreenChicago.com, consumers can access transparent details about the specific environmental steps that each of Chicago's Certified Green Restaurant® has taken to become more sustainable, as vetted by the Green Restaurant Association. By providing a deeper level of transparency, Chicago's consumers can be confident about the green claims of Chicago's Certified Green Restaurants®.
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. For 22 years, 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 is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association, and America Public Garden Association. The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, CitySearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. 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 www.dinegreen.com.
Green Accomplishments of Chicago's Certified Green Restaurants®:
Uncommon Ground In 2011, Uncommon Ground's West Devon location claimed the title of the Greenest Restaurant® in the Country, earning over 367 GreenPointsTM across its operations, and offering rooftop gardens, organic cuisine and sustainable furnishings. Both Uncommon Ground locations remain 4 Star Certified Green Restaurants®, and continue to reign as Chicago's most environmentally sustainable dining options.
Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill Frontera Grill has earned over 198 GreenPointsTM to become a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, and has made exceptional environmental progress by offering locally sourced ingredients and using alternative fueled vehicles. The renowned chef owns additional Certified Green Restaurants® throughout Chicago, including Topolobampo and XOCO.
Michael Jordan's Chicago Steakhouse Located in Chicago's InterContinental Hotel, Michael Jordan's Chicago Steakhouse has taken 40 environmental steps to become a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. The restaurant earned nearly a third of its GreenPointsTM by focusing on energy conservation, and uses Energy Star equipment and T8 lamps to reduce the restaurant's consumption.
List of Chicago Certified Green Restaurants®:
Avec Blackbird Blind Faith Cafe Blue Plate Catering Cafe at Wild Things at the Lincoln Park Zoo Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen Frontera Grill & Topolobampo Hamburger Mary's Chicago Keefer's Restaurant Lou Malnati's Pizzeria South Loop Marion Street Cheese Market Michael Jordan's Chicago Steakhouse Poag Mahone's Province Roti Mediterranean's Riverside location Simone's Sopraffina Marketcaffe, 111 E Wacker Sopraffina Marketcaffe, 10 North Dearborn Sopraffina Marketcaffe, 175 West Jackson Sopraffina Marketcaffe, Aon Center Sopraffina Marketcaffe, AT&T/USG Building The Dining Room at Kendall College The Publican Trattoria No. 10 Uncommon Ground - North Clark Uncommon Ground - West Devon West Town Baker & Diner XOCO