TOP SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANTS
It was our ambition to create a CCR list of the top 50 sustainable restaurants in the U.S. who were putting “climate change on the menu.” We have not yet built our own but we have discovered a pair of San Franciscan restauranteurs, Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, who had a similar ambition and were deep into fulfilling it. Already in 2017, their non-profit organization, Zero Foodprint posted a list of restaurants who had committed to funding climate friendly farming practices (regenerative practices like paying for cover crop seeds, compost, tree-planting, fencing for grazing management, etc).
It was part of a new public-private initiative supporting carbon farming practices called Restore California which directly increase soil health and the supply of great ingredients.
To date, around 30 restaurants have achieved carbon-neutral status under the program; with dozens more on their way to earning the stamp. Those which have achieved in the U.S. are listed below.
By Ben Coley 07/01/23
Panera Chairman Niren Chaudhary doesn’t mince words when it comes to sustainability. The restaurant industry veteran calls climate change one of the biggest challenges humanity faces, and he’s far from the only one. Earlier this… Read more
The culinary world is constantly evolving and innovating. Three Star (and Green Star) SingleThread employs regenerative farming, while London's Silo became the world's first zero-waste haute spot. It’s clear that the sustainability movement is gaining… Read more
Independent take-aways and restaurants in London, Paris and Madrid can apply for the chance to receive funding for more sustainable packaging to help their business operations become more environmentally-friendly. Read more
By Daniella Genovese 04/11/23
The all new electric restaurant design maximizes energy efficiency in its equipment and systems while also utilizing "100% renewable energy from wind power and solar through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits," according to… Read more
By Ellie Donne 02/15/23
Food waste is one of the biggest issues facing the restaurant industry and recent years have seen a growing number of restaurants and chefs starting to tackle the issue. Ex-Tredwells founder Chantelle Nicholsen, and Skye… Read more
By Ben Adler 01/10/23
When fast food restaurants disclose the climate change impact of menu items, customers place orders less harmful to the environment, a recent study concluded. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University found placing “high climate impact”… Read more
By Bob Yirka 12/28/22
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S. has found that placing labels on foods sold at fast food restaurants informing consumers of the negative impact of the production of such foods… Read more
Say you want to order a beef burger. Comes from a cow. Cows are large, and it turns out, quite gassy. Chickens are small and less full of hot air, so to speak. Question: Should… Read more
By Alan Mozes 05/12/22
Is there a way to make eating out more environmentally friendly? A team of German researchers thinks the answer is a bright green yes. Read more
By Cristina Stewart and Rachel Pechey 05/11/22
More people cutting back on meat would be good news for the planet, but humans have ingrained habits that are tricky to change. Fortunately, a growing body of research suggests that making changes to the… Read more
California stands at the forefront of sustainable gastronomy in America. As the national leader in total agricultural output, it only makes sense that large-scale conversations about food turn to the Golden State. Beyond boasting some… Read more
By Katherine Sacks 03/22/21
At the start of 2020, Zero Foodprint was primed for success. The California-based nonprofit had successfully run a pilot of their 1% program, raising $77,126 for healthy soil projects by working with two pilot restaurants… Read more
Restaurants and Food Businesses are removing carbon from the atmosphere and re-storing it as healthy soil on local farms and ranches!
A few cents from each meal creates a Table-to-Farm Movement, helping farmers implement regenerative practices and build healthy soil.
A carbon footprint is a general term to describe a person's impact on the environment based on carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. Businesses have a carbon footprint as well. If you want to run…
By Emily Fieser 02/28/21
Renowned chef, author, and food consultant, whose accolades, among many, include a James Beard Award, Anthony Myint is more than your typical restaurateur. Paving the way by connecting regenerative agriculture to the consumer dining experience,… Read more
By Elizabeth Norton 10/16/20
We all know that we have to cut down on our carbon emissions. In our personal lives that may include reducing our air travel or meat intake, but the reality is that to have the… Read more
By Merlyn Miller 09/26/19
Since its founding in 2013, non-profit Zero Foodprint has been on a mission to aid consciously-minded restaurants in their quest to become carbon free. The organization was born from the now defunct Lucky Peach magazine,… Read more