Alfond Family Dining Hall Becomes a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant
Posted 10/06/2016 11:17AM

The Alfond Family Dining Hall was recently certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.

Receiving 197.67 GreenPoints on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented 52 environmental steps, Alfond Family Dining Hall has gone 97% above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for Certification.

Highlights of Green Accomplishments:

• No use of polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam)

• Comprehensive recycling and composting program, which can keep over 75,000 lbs of trash out of the landfill each year

• Over 55% of our dishes are vegetarian 

• Energy Star kitchen equipment

“We began this effort by taking small steps that didn't negatively impact our budget or quality of service,” said David Alonzi, Director of Dining Services at the Academy. “In 2015, with the help of the student led Sustainability Committee, we eliminated the use of styrofoam. This was followed by instituting composting of pre- and post-consumer waste. We knew we were making progress, but we felt there was more we could do. The natural next goal was obtaining GRA certification. The certification process gave us third party confirmation of the work we have done and a roadmap for the future expansion of our sustainability efforts.”

The Governor’s Academy is the only food service establishment, or restaurant, in the greater Newburyport area, with this certification.

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants mark in the country. For 25 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association, and America Public Garden Association.  

The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, CitySearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

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