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Kevin Westmoreland 9-19-11

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Kevin describes the joint project BRSI and AIR have undertaken to upgrade the efficiency of 17 local restaurants and position them to achieve Green Certified Restaurant status.

Kevin describes the joint project BRSI and AIR have undertaken to upgrade the efficiency of 17 local restaurants and position them to achieve Green Certified Restaurant status.

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  • 1. Growth of a Green Movement in Asheville Restaurants
    The AIR Green Team
  • 2. How we got started
    3 original restaurants in the AIR Green Team in 2009
    Green Sage – Randy Talley
    Rosetta’s Kitchen – Rosetta Star
    Corner Kitchen – Kevin Westmoreland
    Goal was to educate and provide basic, easy to implement ways for restaurants to save energy or reduce waste.
  • 3. Simple things first
    No styrofoam
    Recycling
    Basic lighting changes
    Composting
    Door seals
    Information about Energy Star appliances
  • 4. What is “Green”?
    Sustainability – as it relates to:
    • Environment (Planet)
    • 5. Business (Profit)
    • 6. Community (People)
    Planet – Profit – People
  • 7. The Second Stage
    Green Restaurant Association
    In 2009 there were only 3 GRA certified restaurants in NC. One – Posana Café – was in Asheville.
    There are only 78 restaurants in the NYC metro area that are certified (out of over 14,000) or .6%. 24 restaurants in Chicago, 19 in Los Angeles (in each of these metro areas several are chains)
    We have 18 AIR restaurants in the process of being certified out of less than 350 restaurants in Buncombe County or 5%
  • 8. GRA partnership
    AIR Green Team worked with GRA to see what it would take to get a group of restaurants certified
    AIR negotiated a rate that is less than a third of what the normal rate to become certified was in 2009
    Monthly billing – a large plus for the smaller restaurants
    Local assistance with certification
  • 9. Goal
    Asheville will be the certified greenest restaurant city in the United States!
    (Already the most Celiac trained restaurant city)
  • 10. Third Stage
    Funding for larger scale environmental changes for the AIR restaurants
    Search for funding through the CVB or at the NC state level
    BRSI partnership to try to win NC Green Grant
    Intense work led to BRSI and AIR being awarded the $258,000 grant
    Restaurants contributing $100,000
  • 11. The grant
    Goal of reducing 3.4 billion BTU’s through solar panels, lighting upgrades, other basic energy saving installs
    17 restaurants part of the process
    Contractor chosen
    Job creation
    Education component