Exciting News! We’re 3-Star Green Certified!

It’s not easy being green . . . and we know, because we are! Top of Lenoir, Chase Dining Hall and 1.5.0., Carolina Dining Service’s local retail concept, are all officially 3-Star Certified Green Restaurants as per the Green Restaurant Association’s rigorous sustainability standards.

The Green Restaurant Association has a noble goal – to help all restaurants become more sustainable, and in the process, honor the environmental accomplishments of restaurants already striving for sustainability.  They also help eco-conscious customers find restaurants that not only serve delicious food, but are making a positive impact on the environment as well.

It’s a long road to become certified by the Green Restaurant Association, but well worth it!  The GRA certification standards reflect 25 years of research in the field of restaurants and the environment, and are always being improved upon. For a restaurant to pass the test on all seven counts – water efficiency; waste reduction and recycling; sustainable durable goods and building materials; sustainable food; energy; reusables and environmentally preferable disposables; chemical and pollution reduction – they need to be constantly improving and up to the current standards of sustainability. Once Green Restaurant Certified, locations must meet an Annual Education Requirement, making sure all employees are up-to-date on sustainability best-practices.

Top of Lenoir, Chase Dining Hall and 1.5.0. all passed certification with flying colors. Earning points for compostable packaging, organic food and reusable containers, there was a strong showing in Sustainable Food, Waste Reduction and Energy Efficiency for all three. Although the process was grueling, these certifications are an awesome recognition of all of the hard work, conscientious planning and green-mindedness that make Top of Lenoir, Rams Head Dining Hall and 1.5.0. our favorite places to dine on campus.

We pride ourselves on our sustainable practices in dining, and want you to know you’re helping keep the earth green by dining with us!