Ever wanted to make your commercial kitchen just a little more "green"?
SEALS & CERTIFICATIONS TO LOOK FOR
When making the decision to "go green" in the commercial kitchen or restaurant, it is important to have guidelines to direct your transitions to a new and improved establishment. You may recognize some of the seals and logos below. These represent the organizations that provide the standards for those looking to make the necessary changes to become more environmentally friendly.
Partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR® is a program designed to identify and advocate energy-efficient products and practices.ENERGY STAR® distinguishes environmentally friendly products based on their specifications regarding energy consumption and water usage. ENERGY STAR® also delivers technical information and educational resources to consumers looking for energy-efficient solutions in their homes or businesses. Cres Cor is a proud member of the ENERGY STAR® program, and offers a variety of ENERGY STAR® Rebate Qualified Equipment. Learn more.
Originally started by the Canadian Government, EcoLogo is now operated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). It is a certification program for environmentally friendly products, goods and services. Predominantly operating in Canada but vying for recognition in the United States, EcoLogo provides help identifying, buying and selling green products. This program’s certification process involves assessing and comparing different products with evaluations and audits.
U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Green Building Rating System
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ sets the national standard for the certification of high performance green buildings. With government-backed statistics and industry-specific information, LEED provides owners and operators the resources to design, construct and operate environmentally responsible, healthy and cost-effective places to live and work. A LEED certification is available for buildings compliant with all aspects of the program.
Green Seal is a non-profit organization promoting the manufacture, purchase and use of ecologically responsible products and services. Green Seal provides a scientifically-based certification process, evaluating the product from its production, through its use, and ending with its disposal. The application processes involve recording data, testing equipment, providing product samples, and finally an audit of the facility.
Totally Chlorine Free
The Totally Chlorine Free certification seal identifies virgin fiber paper that has been produced completely free of chlorine compounds. Toxic chlorine ingredients are typically used for bleaching. The certification comes from the Chlorine Free Products Association, dedicated to sustainable manufacturing. Comprehensive inspections and strict audits are performed on paper manufacturing processes in order to validate the production of truly chlorine-free products.
Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a non-profit organization focused on research, education and marketing for communities and establishments looking to go green. The GRA personally advises restaurants with economic analyses, educational material and community coordination, all of which help direct restaurants toward a more sustainable environment.
Certified Green Commercial KitchenTM
Established by FoodServiceWarehouse.com, the Certified Green Commercial Kitchen™ program assists commercial kitchens in taking steps toward becoming more sustainable. This comprehensive program covers five keys areas: energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, green cleaning, and education.