You''ve made steps to be greener around the house, but what can you do when you are eating out?
Look for a restaurant or food service venue that carries the Green Seal.
Starting May 1, restaurants will be able to certify that they have met the most stringent environmental standard in the industry.
The new Green Seal Standard for Restaurants Foodservice Operations (GS-46) is the result of intensive lifecycle research and the input from restaurant industry experts, suppliers, non-profit groups and independent consultants.
It provides a comprehensive framework to reduce the environmental and health impacts associated with restaurants.
These impacts are many: Food sourcing; energy consumption; water consumption; air quality; waste management and reduction; cleaning and landscaping; and others.
In order to achieve one of three levels of certification, Green Seal encourages restaurateurs to establish a charter, create a vendor code of conduct, have a plan for continuous improvement and tell their customers about their sustainability activities.
For more information, go to http://greenseal.org/resources/46_Overview.pdf.