The AIR Green Team Growth of a Green Movement in Asheville Restaurants
How we got started • 3 original restaurants in the AIR Green Team in 2009 – Green Sage – Randy Talley – RoseAa’s Kitchen – RoseAa Star – Corner Kitchen – Kevin Westmoreland • Goal was to educate and provide basic, easy to implement ways for restaurants to save energy or reduce waste.
What is “Green”? • Sustainability – as it relates to: -‐ Environment (Planet) -‐ Business (Proﬁt) -‐ Community (People) Planet – Proﬁt – People
Simple things ﬁrst • No styrofoam • Recycling • Basic lighWng changes • ComposWng • Door seals • InformaWon about Energy Star appliances
The Second Stage • Green Restaurant AssociaWon – In 2009 there were only 3 GRA cerWﬁed restaurants in NC. One – Posana Café – was in Asheville. – There are only 78 restaurants in the NYC metro area that are cerWﬁed (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 15 AIR restaurants in the process of being cerWﬁed out of less than 350 restaurants in Buncombe County or 4%
GRA partnership • AIR Green Team worked with GRA to see what it would take to get a group of restaurants cerWﬁed • AIR negoWated a rate that is less than a third of what the normal rate to become cerWﬁed was in 2009 • Monthly billing – a large plus for the smaller restaurants • Local assistance with cerWﬁcaWon • AIR secured the same rate as the current restaurants received – the next 10 restaurants should sign up this month!
Goal Asheville will be America’s ﬁrst Green Dining DesWnaWon
Third Stage • Funding for larger scale environmental changes for the AIR restaurants • BRSI/AIR partnership won a NC Green Grant in the amount of $258,000 matched by $100,000 from 17 restaurants • BRSI and AIR are looking for funding to help green other restaurants.
What did the grant do? • It taught us how to beAer manage energy – BTU reducWon through solar panels, lighWng upgrades, insulaWon, new refrigeraWon systems other basic energy savings installs • Job creaWon • EducaWon component – resources on the BRSI website available to all restaurants
LighWng Retroﬁts The biggest $ savers Reduces excess heat Not always this simple:
High Eﬃciency Water HeaWng Your Restaurant probably uses at least 250,000 – 500,000 gallons of hot water each year High-‐eﬃciency water heaters Low-‐ﬂow spray nozzles
Renewable Energy • 7 Solar InstallaWons totaling 42 best-‐in class, made-‐in NC solar hot water collectors
Start Small • Behavioral changes • Low-‐ﬂow ﬁxtures • Programmable Thermostats = Not the ﬁrst step!
Good Press • Front page arWcles in Asheville CiWzen Times • More on the front page of Mountains • Mountain X, other print media, and TV coverage of Green. • Buncombe County Environmental Leadership Award • Keep your eyes open for naWonal coverage!
Why Go Green? • 79% of consumers prefer to dine at green cerWﬁed restaurants – 2010 Technomic Survey Why Get CerWﬁed? • Only 6% of consumers trust self-‐veriﬁed green claims • 94% trust third-‐party veriﬁed claims • More than 82% of would decrease or stop going to a restaurant that falsely claimed to be green
What is CerWﬁcaWon? • EducaWonal path to green • Third-‐party veriﬁcaWon of green • Minimum benchmarks in mulWple categories: – Energy – Water – Waste – Chemical reducWon – Sustainable Food – Disposables
• Opened March 1, 2008 with mission to be environmentally-‐friendly and health conscious. We serve only natural & organic foods and beverages. • Received GRA 3 Star CerWﬁcaWon in 2011. • Opened second locaWon in South Asheville on Nov 10, 2011 with the goal to be one of the ﬁrst Four Star CerWﬁed Green Restaurants in the US.
The Green Sage • First Downtown Asheville Restaurant to uWlize Solar Thermal Panels • Goal was to produce half of our hot water BTU’s with solar energy
Signage • Downtown Sign made from Junkyard Scrap Metal
Signage • Sign in our South LocaWon uses 100% LED LighWng
Finishes • Both stores uWlize reclaimed wood from old houses and barns • Water-‐based No/ Low VOC paints, stains and polyurethane. • Locally made Concrete Counters uWlizing local materials
LED LighWng • South locaWon 95% LED LighWng • All lighWng and signage could ﬁt on one 20 Amp circuit • 5 year warranty, 20 year lifespan, cost down to $20-‐$50/bulb • Color rendiWon is near perfect • Kitchen lighWng is bright and white
RefrigeraWon • South store uWlizes a rack system with 4 compressors outdoors. 1 for medium temp devices. 1 for each Freezer. 1 backup. • All refrigeraWon equipment was ordered without compressors. All devises connected to remote compressors outdoors. Approximately 100,000 BTU’s removed from restaurant environment saving 8 tons of AC. • New Digital Scroll Medium-‐temp compressor operates 8 devices. More eﬃcient, reduce electrical cost by about half, reduces repair and maintenance cost. • Ice Machine Condenser remoted outdoors.
RefrigeraWon • Rack System and Remote Condenser for Ice Machine mounted on outside roof
Solar Thermal Panels • 6 Hi Eﬀeciency Solar Thermal Panels Flush Mounted to Slate Roof • Designed to look like Sky Lights
Hot Water System—3 Tanks • Heat Reclaim from RefrigeraWon, Solar Thermal and Hi Eﬃciency Natural Gas • Goal to produce 80% of hot water with reclaimed and solar heat
Reduce Hot Water • Use high eﬃciency Apex HT dishmachine —uses only .92 gallons per rack by using hot water rinse water to clean next rack. Typical dishwasher uses 1.5 gallons. Saves about 40% more hot water.
Whole House Water Filter • Filters out Sediment and Chlorine • Long lasWng • Eliminates need for disposable ﬁlters on ice machines and brewing equipment
Waste Handling Program • No Dumpster Downtown • Composted since day one – 2009 contracted with Danny’s Dumpster to remove compost, recyclables and landﬁll waste – 70% of our waste is • compost – Vegetable Oil—picked up by Blue Ridge Biofuels
Reduce Waste—Encourage Reusing & ComposWng • Real Plates, Mugs, Glasses & Silverware in house • Use only compostable To Go supplies – Cups, To Go containers, Napkins, Potato Starch Cutlery • Promote the use of reusable containers – Stainless Water BoAles – Stainless Steel and Ceramic Travel Mugs
Energy Savings • Our combined energy costs downtown run about $20,000 • Aver 5 months, our south locaWon, with LED lighWng, Rack RefrigeraWon system, solar and heat reclaim hot water system is running about 25% below our downtown store. We expect to save at least $5,000/year on energy costs in our new locaWon.
How do I get involved? • Contact the AIR Green Team – Randy Talley, firstname.lastname@example.org, – Kevin Wesmoreland, email@example.com – Peter Pollay, firstname.lastname@example.org • Contact BRSI: Tim Ballard email@example.com • Visit www.blueridgesustainability.org for more informaWon
Presented at the WNC Culinary Expo April 16, 2012 Go Green! says the Green Team!