Sustainability News Apr 22, 2017 Local and sustainable foods draw customers Our research finds more consumers choosing dining destinations based on whether local and sustainable foods are offered. Jan 26, 2017 Who has the antibiotics Rx for our industry? Listen in to our webinar on antibiotics in proteins and the availability of alternative products for our supply chain. Dec 15, 2016 Efficient equipment is the key to big savings Real savings happen when you outfit your restaurant with efficient equipment, but the ROI needs to be better for buy-in to occur, a design expert says. Dec 8, 2016 What’s Hot: Top 10 food trends for 2017 What's hot, what's not? Dig into the top food trends for 2017. Nov 17, 2016 5 ways to start your restaurant recycling program Are you recycling in your restaurant? Get started with these five tips. Oct 24, 2016 Is sustainability on your menu? Industry thought leaders got together to discuss consumer and business trends at our first Sustainability Executive Study Group meeting. Oct 18, 2016 Who knew waste could taste this good? Some Colorado chefs recently shook things up by rethinking menu items to feature food that’s usually thrown away. Sep 2, 2016 Sustainability is on the menu Darden Restaurants, McDonald’s, Yum Brands and Aramark are some of the companies increasing their sustianability practices. Here's what they're doing. Jun 8, 2016 Sustainable seafood is catch of the day A new campaign from the Environmental Defense Fund celebrates 12 formerly at-risk fish species back from the brink. Apr 6, 2016 Want to increase your tax return? Donate food Restaurateurs who donate surplus food to charitable organizations can take advantage of some new tax incentives, including an enhanced deduction. Apr 1, 2016 Use this 6-step audit to prep for Earth Day Use this 6-step sustainability audit to conserve money and resources at your restaurant. Mar 9, 2016 How Darden reduced water, energy use Darden Restaurants set ambitious goals in 2009 to reduce energy, water use and waste at its 1,500 restaurants. Here’s how it met and even exceeded those goals. Mar 1, 2016 Demand for local food on the rise Consumers are savvier about what they eat, and their desire for locally sourced food and environmental sustainability is growing. Jan 26, 2016 6 tips to power through winter storms These six steps will help you keep the back of the house safe and operate efficiently if another weather emergency hits your restaurant. Dec 17, 2015 10 food waste trends to watch in 2016 Andrew Shakman, CEO of LeanPath, highlights what to look for this year. Nov 20, 2015 Drink up: Water filtration system funds clean water projects A conservation group is offering access to a water purification-and-bottling system aimed at reducing waste and supporting clean-drinking-water programs. Nov 2, 2015 New toolkit tackles littering at restaurants The guide offers practical tips to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate litter in and near restaurants. Sep 17, 2015 Education will fuel food waste reduction Sharing information, best practices and tips on donation and other reduction methods will help lessen the amount of food waste sent to landfills, the NRA said. Aug 19, 2015 5 food waste myths to debunk – now Food waste in America is a huge problem that restaurants can help reduce if they buy into the solutions, says LeanPath CEO Andrew Shakman. Jul 27, 2015 Rick Bayless: 'I love local sourcing' The celebrity chef, who's been buying local products for nearly 30 years, says it's good for business and his guests love it, too. Jul 22, 2015 Turn up the heat on energy efficiency Restaurateurs are generally more interested in practicing sustainability, says Conserve program director Jeff Clark, but being energy efficient has its challenges. May 25, 2015 4 eco-friendly trends at NRA Show 2015 An automatic grease-removal system, dinnerware made from plant-based materials and bamboo napkins were among the sustainability trends at this year's show. May 7, 2015 Rick Bayless: Compost and end food waste Celebrity chef Rick Bayless tells restaurateurs it’s important to compost and divert food waste from landfills. May 5, 2015 6 special sites to see at NRA Show 2015 Operators seeking specialty items for their restaurants will have plenty to choose from at various booths, exhibits and displays during NRA Show 2015. Apr 21, 2015 4 tips to be more sustainable The NRA’s Conserve program is challenging restaurateurs to make their businesses more sustainable. Apr 17, 2015 Build a sustainable restaurant? See how Tarah Schroeder of Ricca Design Studios offers advice on best ways to build a sustainable restaurant. Apr 1, 2015 NRA endorses energy efficiency conference The EE Global Forum will address the issue of energy efficiency and how to conserve resources. Mar 25, 2015 How important is sustainability to your bottom line? The National Restaurant Association has released its second annual report on the steps it and restaurateurs are taking to promote environmental sustainability. Feb 3, 2015 Cut food waste; cut food costs According to the 2015 NRA Restaurant Industry Forecast, about seven in 10 restaurateurs said increased food costs led them to increase food waste tracking. Feb 2, 2015 Sweeney one of Most Powerful People in Food Dawn Sweeney, the NRA's president and CEO, is one of America’s “Most Powerful People in Food” for the third year in a row. Jan 27, 2015 Sustainability builds brand loyalty Jim Hanna, Starbucks’ director of environmental affairs, says practicing sustainability reduces operating costs and builds brand loyalty. Jan 22, 2015 New tool will help zap food waste The NRA is offering members a 10 percent discount on Zap, LeanPath’s food-waste prevention program. The first 25 who sign up also get two months free. Jan 15, 2015 Global paper manufacturer demonstrates sustainability efforts Asia Pulp & Paper invited the NRA and industry members to tour its facilities in China, and see its sustainable practices in action. Dec 4, 2014 Sustainability tops trends on 2015 What’s Hot survey Environmental sustainability, sustainable seafood and food-waste reduction are among the top trends at restaurants in 2015, the NRA's new research finds. Sep 16, 2014 What are common green practices at restaurants? A substantial number of operators are practicing sustainability, new National Restaurant Association research shows. Sep 2, 2014 Don’t waste the opportunity to reduce food waste Reducing your waste is about how well you manage the kitchen and your yields, says Dan Simons of Founding Farmers restaurants. Aug 5, 2014 Should you really care about sustainability? EatWell DC does Sustainability can be challenging financially and legislatively, but is worth the extra effort, the Washington, D.C. restaurateur says. Jul 30, 2014 Great catch: Commercial fishers to keep red snapper share Businesses fighting to preserve commercial access to seafood fished in the Gulf states scored a big win this month. Jul 16, 2014 7 ways to bring sustainability into your restaurant Our new “Spotlight on Sustainability” report can help you incorporate environmental practices at your restaurants, save money and resources. Jul 7, 2014 Where does your food go, donation or down the drain? Increasing food donations to charitable organizations is one of the best ways restaurants can divert material from landfills, a new study has found. Jun 26, 2014 Bright idea! Sustainability newsletter now available for restaurateurs The National Restaurant Association issued “Bright Ideas,” its first-ever sustainability newsletter, which offers tips and tools on eco-friendly practices. Jun 24, 2014 Gulf's governors asked to support access to locally sourced seafood The NRA has asked governors in five Gulf States to support restaurants in maintaining access to seafood fished in the Gulf of Mexico. Jun 12, 2014 NRA launches new Conserve website The National Restaurant Association has debuted a new Conserve website designed to educate restaurateurs about sustainability. May 23, 2014 NRA Show plants sustainability's seeds Educating operators on sustainable practices and the Conserve program topped the agenda at NRA Show 2014. May 12, 2014 Sustainability, zero waste top agenda at business council conference Finding ways to help more businesses divert waste from landfills topped the agenda at the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council’s annual conference. May 7, 2014 Real estate entrepreneur calls for sustainability in restaurants Billionaire real-estate developer and environmentalist Trammell S. Crow is asking restaurateurs to take more steps toward sustainability. Apr 23, 2014 10 ways to get on trend at NRA Show Here’s a look at 10 of the freshest topics on the menu at the NRA Show. Apr 16, 2014 Toolkit issued to reduce industry’s food waste The Food Waste Reduction Alliance has released its first-ever best practices guide for restaurateurs, manufacturers, and retailers. Apr 10, 2014 Catch of the day: NRA in effort to protect Gulf snapper The NRA joined Share the Gulf, a coalition of businesses and environmentalists working to protect restaurants’ access to fish in the Gulf States. Mar 12, 2014 Starbucks: Sustainability pays off in dollars and sense With sustainability, knowing how to begin is challenging, but the environmental and economic rewards are worth the effort, Starbucks' Clarice Turner says.