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Family Entertainment: America’s Iconic Landmarks are Going Green

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House of Representatives, The Kennedy Center, The Met, and more Commit to Greening their Dining Services

The Green Restaurant Association is thrilled to announce that 110 of the country’s most well known institutions have pledged to become Certified Green Restaurants . Restaurant Associates, which manages cafes and eateries in America’s landmark museums and galleries, has taken the unprecedented move of creating a five-year partnership with the Green Restaurant Association to green the operations of all of its current and future locations.

"Restaurant Associates is truly a leader in this industry, " says Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. "It’s one thing for a company to make a statement that they want to ‘go green’. It is another to contractually and publicly commit to having all of its locations implement the necessary environmental steps to become Certified Green Restaurants ."

Soon, when patrons visit the likes of the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and even the United States House of Representatives, they can Dine Green in every cafe and sandwich shop on the premises. Tourists, Congressmen and museum patrons will be able to visit dinegreen.com and see the exact details of what each dining facility is doing to earn the Certified Green Restaurant seal.

To date, Restaurant Associates is the largest, multi-concept company to work with the GRA and seek Certification.

Restaurant Associates has selected the GRA’s 2 Star Certification as the goal for each location, which means they will:

  1. Have Full-Scale Recycling Program
  2. Be free of polystyrene-foam
  3. Meet the minimum points in 6 environmental categories
  4. Earn at least 100 Points within the Certification guidelines
  5. Institute an annual environmental education program for staff
  6. Earn 140 total points by the end of the fifth year of Certification

"We work with the leading cultural institutions in America, " says Ed Sirhal, President of Restaurant Associates. "In the spirit of helping our clients lead the way toward sustainability, we have chosen to work with the leaders who founded the Green Restaurant movement two decades ago."

For more information on this exciting partnership, or to speak with the GRA directly for media interviews, please contact Colleen Oteri at colleen.oteri@dinegreen.com.

About Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier hospitality company, operating over 100 prestigious locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto. Restaurant Associates is an operating company of Compass Group North America, the world’s leading foodservice organization.

About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association(R) (GRA), a national non-profit organization, helps the restaurant industry improve its environmental practices through research, environmental consulting, education, and certification. Founded in 1990, long before green was cool, the GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants, manufacturers, vendors, community organizations, government, media, and restaurant customers. The GRA’s model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the total U.S. economy, to become more environmentally sustainable. The GRA has the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the restaurant industry and has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in several other media outlets. For more information visit www.dinegreen.com.

Web Site: http://www.restaurantassociates.com/

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