Green Dining Options.

27 Jul 2010

Interesting write-up by Julie Gerstein in the Daily Green about 9 surprising LEED-certified restaurants [Click here for article]. According to Gerstein, so far only 38 restaurants have received LEED certification and 40% of those are chain restaurants. The list includes an Arby’s in Magnolia, TX; two McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago, IL, and Cary, NC; a Subway in Chapel Hill, NC; and a Dunkin Donuts in St. Petersburg, FL. Gerstein suggests that for many of these large chains, LEED certification is a relatively low cost, efficient way for “not particularly green companies to flex their corporate social responsibility muscles.” I’m actually surprised to see Dunkin Donuts on the list — considering they are one of the few in the industry who continue to use those hard-to-recycle Styrofoam cups.

To my knowledge, The Green Well Gastro Pub in Grand Rapids is currently the only LEED-certified restaurant in the Michigan. Do you know of any others?

Also, LEED certification isn’t necessarily the “be all end all.” The Green Restaurant Association (“GRA”) is a national non-profit organization that has been around since 1990 and has developed its own environmental guidelines and certification standard. The GRA lists 3 Michigan locations in its database (Amici’s Pizzeria in Berkley, the Artic Food Court at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, and the Rock Harbor Lodge way up on Isle Royale).

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  1. Dan Ginis 30. Jul, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Mind, Body and Spirits in Rochester has gotten a lot of press as an environmentally conscious restaurant. They seem to have gone out of their way in planning the construction and menu to take this into account. The food also gets good reviews, but I haven’t dined there yet. You should check it out

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