Restaurant and lodging operators are putting sustainable practices into place not only because it’s the socially responsible thing to do, but because it makes good business sense. Whether you're just getting started, or looking to enhance sustainable practices, there are numerous resources available.
According to National Restaurant Association (NRA) research, more than six in ten consumers say they are likely to make a restaurant choice based on its eco-friendly practices, such as water conservation and recycling. The availability of organic and eco-friendly food also factors into guests’ decisions, with 65 percent of consumers saying they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers these items. NRA’s ConServe Program is an online resource to help restaurants reduce energy, waste and water – driving down costs and leaving a lighter footprint on our environment.
American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) offers a series of Green Guidelines to help hotels create business value through sustainability strategies including social responsibility and environmental protection. AHLA's Hotel | Kitchen toolkit provides valuable approaches to cut food waste that can be applied to all property formats and food service institutions, including restaurants, cruises, and catering companies.
General Information and Initiatives
Building and Certification Programs
Energy Efficiency and Tax Credits
Recycling, Food Donation and Composting