Knowledge from restaurant operators as well as sustainability experts has been incorporated into the program, and we are grateful for their contributions.
The National Restaurant Association Conserve Initiative was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Turner Foundation. Founded in 1990 by Ted Turner, Turner Foundation Inc. is a private, independent family foundation committed to preventing damage to the natural systems -- water, air, and land -- on which all life depends. The Foundation focuses its grants in four areas: safeguarding habitat; engaging, organizing and empowering new constituencies to ensure the future protection of our environment; creating solutions for sustainable living; and restoring or mitigating the effects of non-sustainable practices in order to enrich our quality of life and the health of our future communities.
The National Restaurant Association has partnered closely with ENERGY STAR for years to help provide restaurant operators with great tools and resources for reducing their energy costs.
ENERGY STAR, a joint effort of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, offers significant resources for restaurant operators, including:
Guide to ENERGY STAR-rated commercial foodservice equipment in six categories (fryers, hot food holding cabinets, commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers, commercial steam cookers, commercial dishwashers, and commercial ice makers)
ENERGY STAR Web site section specifically for restaurateurs
Rebate locator for qualified commercial foodservice equipment.
Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
The Food Service Technology Center is a research facility that is dedicated to testing the energy performance of commercial kitchen equipment. In addition to being a clearing house of information on appliance performance, the FSTC has expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, hot water heating, and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC. The Food Service Technology Center is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Fisher-Nickel, inc. operates the Center for PG&E.
Greener Results is a sustainability consulting group that specializes in the development of voluntary environmental programs for the hospitality and tourism industry. In addition to their work with National Restaurant Association Conserve, Greener Results works with directly with restaurant and hospitality organizations in their quests to become greener. Greener Results also administers a green hospitality program for restaurants and hotels in partnership with Virginia Tech.
GreenBiz.com provides daily news, tools, and resources to corporate executives and sustainability directors at large and small businesses through a combination of websites, electronic newsletters, online events, briefing papers, and other means. It offers more than 8,000 resources, including news stories, reports, blogs, checklists, case studies, and links to best practices, organizations, technical assistance programs, government agencies, and recognition programs. Sign up for their GreenBuzz Newsletter, a free weekly newsletter focused exclusively on environmental sustainability and the competitive edge it brings to companies.
Kendall College embarked on its sustainability journey in 2005 and has developed a robust sustainability curriculum and guiding principles that are integral to both its educational programs and operational practices. It addresses everything from composting, recycling and energy-conservation programs to sourcing locally grown, organic ingredients and the basics of sustainable agriculture using its onsite sustainable garden. Kendall College advocates for eco-friendly initiatives within the foodservice industry by participating in speaking engagements at major industry conferences and by partnering with other industry leaders in sustainability. Kendall College is proud to be an official educational partner of National Restaurant Association Conserve.
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University of Washington
With a grant from the Washington Restaurant Association, the University of Washington conducted independent research to identify best practices for using energy efficiently in the foodservice industry. With the assistance of the Washington Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association, they have developed complimentary educational resources to support their findings. We have included a link to the full study below.
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Conserve and the National Restaurant Association and would like to thank the following companies for their contributions to the Conserve Educational Videos: