In the Fall of 2011, ECOSS expanded its free assistance in greening local restaurants with a new project called “Go Green All Over”.
Thirteen restaurants participated from four South King County communities; White Center, Burien, SeaTac, and Tukwila. They had 30 days to use the getting starting package and work with staff to make changes to reduce waste, save energy and water, and prevent pollution.
ECOSS provided participants with a starting packet with free supplies and services including spill kits, aerators, CFL light-bulbs, a free trial of compost service, and discounted used grease recycling service. A key component of the program was educating staff and encouraging their ideas and participation in making improvements through the use of a poster showing changes that could be made.
“This program really helped me in getting my point across to other staff members,” reported Anthony Sims, manager of Pho La Vang, a participating restaurant in Burien. “It made them see it more clearly instead of it just coming form me.”
The top participants, based on how many positive changes were made within the 30 day challenge were: Mac’s Triangle Pub, White Center; Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant Inc., White Center; Uncle Mike’s Superlicious Barbecue, White Center; and Pho La Vang, Burien.
“This program got restaurants excited about going green and also made it fun” said Stephanie Gowing, project lead and Sustainable Business Coordinator with ECOSS. “All the restaurants said they will continue to work on conserving resources and reducing waste.”
The name Go Green All Over refers to all areas where improvements can be made, including the kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and outside area of the restaurant. ECOSS worked with restaurant owners and staff to focus on pollution prevention, energy and water conservation & waste reduction in these four areas. In addition to helping the environment, these changes can also save businesses money.
White Center: Mac’s Triangle Pub, Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant Inc., Uncle Mike’s Superlicious, Barbecue, Café Rozellias, Marv’s Broiler, Jumbo Buffet Chinese, Café Delia
Burien: Armoire Chocolat, Mike Kelly’s Irish Pub, Pho La Vang
SeaTac: Mango Thai Cuisine and Bar
Tukwila: Mayflower of China, Mizu Japanese Steakhouse
And the winners are…
Mac’s Triangle Pub
Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant Inc.
Uncle Mike’s Superlicious Barbecue
Pho La Vang
Visit this site map to find out where the winners are located!
ECOSS wants to thank all the restaurant staff and management that participated for their continued support and advocacy toward a more sustainable work place. We encourage the public to dine in these locations and take notice of any environmentally influenced changes!