The move toward being a green restaurant and getting help to do it has been requested by Green Restaurantmany of our clients. In order to meet that need, we formed an association this month with Green Restaurant Strategies to offer and provide green consulting services. Howard Cummins, president of GRS and I have worked together on a number of occasions as part of our restaurant turnaround management and repositioning activities. Since early 2008, Howard has focused his green restaurant consultant efforts on sustainability as it pertains to the restaurant and foodservice industry. Our green restaurant services in conjunction with GRS to help you achieve sustainability include: Define Standards and Perform Audits; Conduct Comprehensive Assessments; Help Craft a Sustainability Plan; Assist in Staff and Guest Education; Provide Business Resources. Did you know? Several reasons to be a green restaurant include: – “If the restaurant industry can dial down the enormous environmental damage it does daily even slightly, it would be huge. Restaurants are the retail world’s largest energy user. They use almost five times more energy per square foot than any other type of commercial building, says Pacific Gas & Electric’s Food Service Technology Center (FSTC). – Nearly 80% of the $10 billion dollars that the commercial food service sector spends annually for its energy use is lost in inefficient food cooking, holding and storage, says PG&E’s tech division. – Then there’s all that trash. Restaurants produce far more garbage on a daily basis than most other retail businesses. A typical restaurant generates 100,000 pounds of garbage per location per year, the Green Restaurant Association estimates. Read more about sustainable restaurants here. In summary, GRS is a great fit with our group to assist restaurant and foodservice owners, operators and managers become a green restaurant. Still not convinced? Follow the link below and request a “free audit” to see how being green can save money, create efficiency and promote customer goodwill and repeat business.