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'Green' Contacts/Organizations

The following is a listing of relevant resource people and organizations that can be helpful in providing services to help your restaurant become greener.


  • BHB Pest Elimination BHB Pest Elimination is NYC’s premier pest control company to homes, buildings, restaurants and businesses of all sizes since 1969. They now offer BHB Green Pest Solutions, which are Green Shield Certified by the IPM Institute of North America.
  • conEd - A list of links to economic incentives offered by conEd that businesses can take advantage of from “going green”.
  • Database of State Initiatives for Renewables & Energy Efficiency - DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • EcoLogo Program - The EcoLogo Program is a third-party certification of environmentally sustainable programs.
  • Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package - Search for EPA’s Energy Star products for commercial kitchens here.
  • Energy Star Guide for Restaurants - An EPA guide on how to turn energy conservation measures into profit.
  • Environmental Defense Fund Innovation Exchange - The Environmental Defense Fund Innovation Exchange aims to identify the best practices for sustainable purchasing and operations in the restaurant industry.
  • EnvironmentLa - Serves as a model by providing a list of criteria that restaurants in Los Angeles need to meet in water and energy conservation to become certified in the LA Green Business Program.
  • Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Pollution Prevention in the Hospitality Industry" - The EPA Region 2 Hospitality home page provides multiple resources on greening the hospitality industry.
  • Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "WaterSense for Commercial and Institutional Users" - EPA’s WaterSense is the Energy Star equivalent to water using devices
  • Food Service Technology Center - The FSTC has promoted energy efficiency and performance in the commercial food service since 1987.
  • Going Greener! - In partnership with the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, Going Greener works to identify opportunities for restaurants to improve their environmental practices.
  • Green Foodservice Alliance - The GFA is a Division of the Georgia Restaurant Association that aims to support sustainable practices in the restaurant industry through education, awareness, and industry collaboration. 
  • Green Home Restaurant Supplies - is an online environmental store where cost effective green products for restaurants can purchased.
  • Green Light LLC - an energy conservation company specializing in energy-efficient cost saving lighting systems. In addition, they can help you with rebates you may or may not know are available.
  • Green Restaurant Association - The GRA is a national non-profit organization that provides a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors and consumers to become more environmentally responsible.
  • Green Seal - Green Seal’s mission is to work towards environmental sustainability by identifying and promoting environmentally responsible products, purchasing and production.
  • GrizForm - GrizForm Design Architects is a full service architecture and interior design firm with over 40 built restaurants to their name.
  • GustOrganics - The only certified organic restaurant in New York and one of the greenest restaurants in the world.
  • National Restaurant Association Conserve Initiative - The Conserve Initiative is the environmental initiative of the NRA. A unique feature of the NRA Conserve Initiative web page is the “virtual green restaurant” tour.
  • NJH Sustainability Consulting - Nancy Himmelfarb is a sustainability consultant with more than 17 years' experience in creating and implementing meaningful change within organizations. Nancy primarily consults on food waste management, sustainable food sourcing and other sustainable food service strategies and programs. Nancy also is a LEED Green Associate and former corporate attorney, with degrees from Stanford University and UCLA Law School and a sustainability management certificate from the University of Chicago. 
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection - The NYC DEP provides to resources to NYC businesses from rooftop water detention to smart printing.
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Provides resources businesses can use to become more sustainable along with permitting information and assistance.
  • NYSERDA Commercial/Industrial Programs - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Commercial/Industry web page provides information on energy efficiency services for existing buildings, new construction, industrial facilities and vehicle fleets.

If you have any questions, or would like to participate in this Initiative or know of any restaurants who would, please have them contact:
Alan Someck, Environmental Specialist
New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation 516.448.1504 or 212.398.9160


Legislative Update
June 17, 2013

Officially, the last day of session is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, but with only four days left, anything can happen. The Senate has introduced more than 5,700 bills so far this year and the Assembly more than 7,900. The NYS Restaurant Association has identified more than 500 that would impact the restaurant industry. Click on the below list of key bills with the greatest impact on the industry.


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