Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF)

Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF)

November 23, 2010 09:00 ET

LEAF Certifies Cowbell as First Eco-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto

National Eco-certification Program Extends into Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice, (LEAF), a third-party certification program for restaurants and foodservice facilities that meet and adhere to strict environmental criteria, today announced the certification of its first green restaurant in Toronto— Cowbell, a progressive restaurant recognized for its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

"We are honoured to be the first restaurant in Toronto to receive LEAF-certification, as it is a testament to our dedication to sustainability, as referenced through our locally sourced food choices and day-to-day business operations," said Mark Cutrara, owner, Cowbell.

Cowbell underwent a comprehensive LEAF evaluation that rated its environmental performance in areas such as energy, waste and water usage; food purchasing and preparation, and building supplies and furnishings, to attain a LEAF Level 2 certification. LEAF reviews hundreds of items pertaining to a restaurant's operations to determine if the establishment meets the criteria to attain a level one, two or three certification, with level three being the highest certification available.

"Now more than ever people are basing their purchasing decisions on products and places that support the local community and the environment, and choosing where to dine becomes an important consideration," said Janine Bolton, President, LEAF.

Cowbell supports a local, sustainable food system and sources the majority of its food within 200 kilometres of its Parkdale neighbourhood. The décor features secondhand items and salvaged building materials for tabletops and cabinets, as well as old church pews for seating.

LEAF certification is based on the following ten areas of sustainability:

1. Food purchasing and menu items

2. Supplies

3. Energy use

4. Water use

5. Building and location

6. Furnishings and decorative items

7. Chemicals

8. Waste and recycling

9. Employees

10. Policy and Innovation

Consumers can recognize LEAF-certified restaurants by the blue or green LEAF decal indicating the level of certification, along with other promotional materials on and offline, including LEAF's website, www.leafme.ca 

About LEAF

Established in 2009, LEAF helps restaurants reduce their environmental impact, and makes it easy for diners to identify green restaurants. The organization provides a benchmark to measure the environmental sustainability of foodservice establishments in Canada, and fosters sustainability by working with the community to support the local economy. Our mandate is to bring people together, not only in the foodservice industry, but farmers, producers and consumers as well, to work towards a more sustainable, less wasteful foodservice industry.

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