Young Sierrans – Dallas Sierra Club

young professionals section of the dallas sierra club

Green Restaurant Association

Posted by youngsierrans on March 1, 2008

Dallas is known for having more than it’s share of restaurants. Since the Young Sierrans spend much of it’s social time enjoying them, maybe we should begin advocating a little greening of this dynamic industry. A couple of factoids:

  • All sectors of the restaurant industry represent about 10% of the U.S. economy.
  • The restaurant industry (#1 electricity consumer in retail sector) accounts for 33% of all U.S. retail electricity use.

The Green Restaurant Association’s mission is to create an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry. Per their site, the GRA is “a national non-profit organization, provides services in research, consulting, education, marketing and community organizing. The GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants, manufacturers, vendors, grassroots organizations, government, media, and restaurant customers. The GRA’s model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant industry to become more environmentally sustainable.”

The site contains a list of qualified green restaurants, of which there’s only one in TX (Austin), and the association’s environmental guidelines for restaurants.


One Response to “Green Restaurant Association”

  1. John Christens said

    The good news is that there is now one 2-star certified green restaurant in Dallas: The State and Allen Lounge.
    The bad news is that there are not more and that there doesn’t appear to be much of a movement to help others become more sustainable and to show “consumer favoritism” for same.
    I’d like to work with others in the DFW area to help this come about.
    Please contact me if you’re interested.

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