Growth of a Green Movement in Asheville Restaurants<br />The AIR Green Team <br />
How we got started<br />3 original restaurants in the AIR Green Team in 2009<br />Green Sage – Randy Talley<br />Rosetta’s...
Simple things first<br />No styrofoam<br />Recycling<br />Basic lighting changes<br />Composting<br />Door seals<br />Info...
What is “Green”? <br />Sustainability – as it relates to:<br /><ul><li>Environment (Planet)
Business  (Profit)
Community (People)</li></ul>Planet – Profit – People<br />
The Second Stage<br />Green Restaurant Association<br />In 2009 there were only 3 GRA certified restaurants in NC.  One – ...
GRA partnership<br />AIR Green Team worked with GRA to see what it would take to get a group of restaurants certified<br /...
Goal<br />Asheville will be the certified greenest restaurant city in the United States!<br />(Already the most Celiac tra...
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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.

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Kevin Westmoreland 9-19-11

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

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