January 25, 2012
Ten restaurants have been designated as Green Restaurants in the Green Mountain State in the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (VBEP). The VBEP is a state program that recognizes businesses of all sizes for their environmental stewardship efforts. VBEP is a joint program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center that is free of cost to participating businesses. Vermont businesses joining the VBEP go beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations, using resource conservation strategies and implementation of environmental best management practices. In addition to attracting customers seeking environmentally responsible businesses, Green Restaurants can save thousands of dollars a year by reducing energy and water use, reducing waste disposal costs, and reducing costs for material purchases. They benefit from the operational advice and knowledge of VBEP representatives.
The restaurants are charter members in the Green Restaurants in the Green Mountain State program that started in 2010. Green Restaurants have implemented a variety of environmental best management practices to green their businesses. Energy conservation measures include lighting upgrades, purchase of Energy Star appliances and refrigeration equipment, heating system upgrades, and improved weatherization. Water conservation methods include low flow dishwashers, sinks, and toilets. Resource conservation and sustainability is achieved through bio-based and paper to-go containers, buying locally sourced products, maximizing reuse and recycling, collection of food waste for composting, adding solar energy and solar hot water systems, and the use of green cleaners and post-consumer recycled paper products. Green Restaurants can take advantage of existing Vermont resources to identify environmental opportunities such as Efficiency Vermont assessments, Vermont Fresh Network connections, and municipal solid waste district food composting programs.
Current Green Restaurants in the Green Mountain State include: Michael’s on the Hill, Waterbury; The Wayside Bakery & Restaurant, Berlin; Ye Olde Tavern, Manchester; Mio Bistro, Dorset; Cloudland Farm, North Pomfret; Restaurant Verterra & Lucy's Tavern at The Inn at Weathersfield, Perkinsville; Rira’s Irish Pub, Burlington; The Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern, Chester; Works Bakery and Café, Brattleboro and Manchester; and The Tamarack Grill at Burke Mountain, East Burke.
Participating businesses are listed on the VBEP web site and are encouraged to identify themselves as green businesses on their websites and in their marketing programs and literature. They proudly display the Green Restaurant in the Green Mountain State emblem at their businesses. More information on the program can be found at: www.vbep.org. Restaurant contact info. on next page.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: January 25, 2012 11:21:49