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Food and Beverage

According the NC State University’s “Food and Beverages Sustainability Industry Report”, today the Food and Beverages industry is more competitive than ever. As the companies in the various sectors compete and grow sustainability becomes a very important concern. Sustainability issues in the food industry can cover a range of topics concerning environmental, social and economic backgrounds. (Food and Beverages Sustainability Industry Report, 2012)

GreenChill is an EPA Partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill works to help food retailers: Transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, lower refrigerant charge sizes and eliminate leaks, adopt green refrigeration technologies and best environmental practices. 

Smart $upermarkets 
In interest of providing facility managers a means of both simultaneously monitoring, evaluating, and training their staff and contractors, the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed an engaging, easy-to-use online toolkit to support the facility manager in accomplishing resource consumption and associated pollution prevention by providing a single source of tools to better manage their facilities. Managers can review facility progress in comparison to the whole organization and industry averages for energy, refrigerant, water, and waste. If you would like more information you may check out their brochure Smart_Supermarkets Brochure.pdf

Green Products

EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.

CleanGredients: Cleaning Products 
CleanGredients is an online database of cleaning product ingredient chemicals, providing verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of listed ingredients. CleanGredients is a project of GreenBlue®, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.”

ENERGY STAR- Commercial Food Equipment (PDF)
Commercial Food Service Equipment for Businesses and Operators- The ENERGY STAR program helps restaurant and commercial kitchen operators save energy and money on utility bills by identifying more energy efficient equipment. Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment for new construction or to replace aging equipment can cut kitchen utility costs without sacrificing features, quality, or style – all while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment. When choosing equipment, make sure you take into account the total cost of ownership. The purchase price is often a small portion of the total cost. Certified dishwashers, ice machines and steam cookers also save water which helps operators lower their water and sewer bills. Certified equipment is 10-70% more efficient than standard equipment, depending on product type.


EPA WaterSense- Restaurants
WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.

Water Conservation Measures for Commercial Food Services
A best practices guide to saving water in your food service operation.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Star for Restaurants 
Follow these ENERGY STAR cost-effective recommendations and your investment in energy efficiency can give you up to a 30-percent return.

Energy Tips- Food Services Technology Center
Quick tips on how to save energy in your restaurant.


Appliance Recycling Center
Find a certified appliance recycling center near you.