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Blog: Walking The Talk

Each restaurant sustainability story is unique, but there are always common themes and challenges. Learn from restaurant industry leaders and environmental experts in their own voices below.

Cultivating your connection to local growers

June 18, 2014

By National Restaurant Association staff

There’s no question that today’s consumers crave locally grown produce. But dealing with the variability of local or regional produce and coordinating with farmers can be challenging. Here are some ways to ease the path from farm to table.

How to pick a distributor to further your sustainability goals

May 25, 2013

By Dave Scholten, commercial segment manager at Gordon Food Service

If you are looking to become more sustainable at your restaurant, selecting a distributor that can meet those needs is a particularly important part of achieving that goal. There’s a lot that goes into developing a sustainability plan and we think it’s essential that certain questions be asked to help determine how effective a partner your distributor will be as you embark on your environmentally responsible journey.

The carrot or the stick: Behavior is the key to change

May 22, 2013

By Christy Cook

In order to make longstanding changes in the areas of waste and sustainability, we need behavior change. We’ve known this for a while, so it might not seem surprising or novel, but we haven’t yet fully cracked the code on how to generate waste reducing behaviors. To change, we must shift the culture within our communities, our homes and our businesses.

Don’t drain profits or resources: save water

May 13, 2013

Richard-Young_B-W_150x192.jpgBy Richard Young

At a restaurant, water is the most important ingredient used every day.

If you run out of onions you can usually find a work-around, but it is game over if your water supply runs dry. And while that fact may be obvious, most operators don’t consider that water is a commodity purchased from a supplier and it is growing more expensive all the time.

Be a net giver; practice sustainability

May 7, 2013

By George McKerrow

There are some who say our industry isn’t sustainable enough, but the truth is many companies are committed to being more efficient, preserving the environment, and saving money.

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