Chicago's Green Restaurants

Ben and I traveled to Chicago for the holidays and were delighted to find Chicago's positive green economy growing at an unstoppable pace. Chicago is known for its great restaurants and the city has a reputation for greenness, and now the two are combining with explosive potential for greener practices and policies. This convergence is having a significant impact on the restaurant sector's impacts on the environment.

Uncommon Ground LogoThe Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition is an organization dedicated to greening the Chicago restaurant community through green purchasing assistance, educational initiatives, and the “Guaranteed Green” certification program.

 We had brunch at the Greenest Restaurant in the United States! (According to the Green Restaurant Association) In addition to creating delicious chilaquiles and challah french toast, the owners of Uncommon Ground, take great care to choose the best environmental options for their cafe. 

They built an organic rooftop garden, produce no waste, power their vehicle with used fryer oil, harness the sun to heat their water, and cook with locally sourced products. Wouldn't it be great if every restaurant did this?

If you would like to try some great green restaurants in Chicago, please click here for a list of 20 plus green restaurants.

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The Green Globes system is used in Canada and the USA. In the USA, Green Globes is owned and operated by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). In Canada, the version for existing buildings is owned and operated by BOMA Canada under the brand name 'BOMA BESt'. The Green Globes system has also been used by the Continental Association for Building Automation (CABA) to power a building intelligence tool, called Building Intelligence Quotient ( BiQ). In 2004, Green Globes for Existing Buildings was adopted by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA), where it operates under the name BOMA BESt. In addition, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) acquired the rights to distribute Green Globes in the United States. The GBI has committed to continually refining the system to ensure that it reflects ongoing advances in research and technology, by involving stakeholders in an open and transparent process. To that end, in 2005, GBI became the first green building organization to be accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and began the process of establishing Green Globes as an official ANSI standard. The GBI ANSI technical committee was formed in early 2006. Today, the Green Globes system is used by large developers and property management companies, including, the Canadian federal government, which has adopted BOMA BESt for its entire real estate portfolio.
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