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SAVOR…Chicago restaurants earn green seal for sustainability

SAVOR…Chicago, an industry leader implementing green standards and environmentally sustainable practices in day-to-day operations at Chicago’s McCormick Place, has earned its sustainability certification by Green Seal Inc.

SAVOR…Chicago’s LaBrea Restaurant and West Food Court at McCormick Place were evaluated by Green Seal and were found to comply with the Green Seal pilot standard for sustainability among Chicago restaurants and food services.

“SAVOR…Chicago has an ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and minimizing our footprint,” said Connie Chambers, general manager, SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place. “Our efforts in sustainability began because we wanted to do our part and the exhibitors and show producers we partner with shared our same vision. Our goals have continued to grow as we innovate, piloting this new industry standard and leading our industry to set benchmarks for sustainable practices. This certification marks those efforts, but we also hope this pilot program will encourage our industry to join in setting these guidelines as standard practice.”

The Green Seal Pilot Standard for Sustainable Chicago Restaurants and Food Services is the result of a year-long project between the Green Restaurant Research Team at the University of Chicago, the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and Green Seal.

“Savor…Chicago has demonstrated their commitment to environmental leadership through this certification,” said Arthur Weissman, president and CEO, Green Seal. “They present an excellent example of what can be accomplished in the restaurant industry to protect our health and environment.”

The Pilot Chicago Standard sets criteria for environmentally responsible food purchasing and operations and management procedures. It includes requirements for restaurants to reduce waste through composting and recycling and reduce water and energy use.

McCormick Place’s West Building also has attained LEED Certification, which makes it the largest new construction facility in the country to be certified. Recently, McCormick Place achieved the International Sustainability Standard Certification. This certification was introduced in 2012 to promote responsible environmental and social practices in the event industry. McCormick Place achieved level-one certification with the ASTM standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, tradeshows and conferences.

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