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GRA News, Nov. 2012
The Green Restaurant Association has gained support from both of the leading presidential candidates, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney's dedication to a greener restaurant industry was clear over a decade ago. When Mitt Romney led the 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City, UT, his team reached out to Michael Oshman, the CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association, to speak about how to green Salt Lake City's restaurants in preparation for the events. Mr. Oshman accepted the invitation and traveled to Salt Lake City to deliver a speech and attend meetings to help the committee green the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Dining green is also nothing new to the Obamas and their team. After all, President Obama chose to host the 2009 G20 Welcome Dinner at Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory, a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® that has earned over 184 GreenPoints(TM) across the environmental categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals and disposables.
Additionally, the first lady is well known for supporting healthier food options - and when she goes out to eat, she brings her family to Certified Green Restaurants® across the country. In fact, Michelle Obama has been spotted at Los Angeles' Osteria Mozza and Asheville's Corner Kitchen, both Certified Green Restaurants® that have exceeded the rigorous certification standards of the Green Restaurant Association.
Barack Obama also enjoys the refined Mexican cuisine of esteemed chef Rick Bayless, who owns three Certified Green Restaurants® in Chicago, including Topolobampo, Frontera Grill and XOCO. The Obamas regularly frequent these modern hotspots while in Chicago, and also invited Bayless to cook a State Dinner at the White House in 2010.
Obama's colleagues also understand the importance of greening the restaurant industry. Obama's former Chief of Staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is proud of the restaurants in his city for their many green accomplishments. When Chicago's Uncommon Ground earned the title of 2011's Greenest Restaurant® in the country, the Mayor proudly stated: "I'm proud to have in our City of Chicago (2011's) 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."
Obama and Romney have both supported the Green Restaurant Association's mission. Remember to vote this Tuesday... and vote everyday to Dine Green by choosing Certified Green Restaurants® when you go out to eat.