Welcome to Locally Green, an online resource for restaurants to gain exposure by joining a database of local green restaurants working to offset carbon emissions through their green initiatives. By entering your information on the website, or filling out and sending the survey to Locally Green, your restaurant will become a member of our database that is leveraged through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. As part of the Locally Green community of restaurants, you will be enrolled in the Green Leaf Program. For every green initiative your restaurant takes part in, your restaurant will receive a green leaf signifying your level of eco-friendliness.
The Green Leaf Program
The Green Leaf Program recognizes local restaurants as environmental leaders working to lower carbon emissions by awarding those restaurants with a series of green leaves. Each green leaf symbolizes one imitative for lowering carbon emissions. The green leaves are promoted on each restaurant's page in the Locally Green database and endorsed on stickers that can be positioned on the restaurants front door and/or windows. Restaurants can earn green leaves by participating in the following programs and will earn one leaf per initiative:
1. Recycle used cooking oil.
The benefits of turning waste cooking oil into fuel extend well beyond cost savings. Diverting waste cooking oil from landfills extends its life and prevents harmful liquid waste from contaminating groundwater supplies. Biofuel processing plants also enrich the local economy and provide a secure energy source.
2. Donate used cooking oil to the Oil-2-Education program.
Restaurants donating to the Oil-2-Education demonstrate their support for the local community and education of future generations.
3. Submit a YouTube video highlighting the green initiatives the restaurant takes and why recycling oil is important to them.
By submitting and promoting videos, the restaurant is sharing their story about the value of recycling cooking oil and participating in other green initiatives, which can include reusable silverware and mugs, donating left over food, using energy efficient CFC light- bulbs, using EPA certified cleaning supplies and investing in energy star label machines and appliances.
4. Welcome consumers to drop-off their personal used cooking oil.
By providing the local community with an outlet to recycle personal cooking oil, that restaurant is engaging with the community and allowing the community to take action in the fight for a sustainable future.
5. Share knowledge about the recycling of used cooking oil.
Restaurants providing information on recycling benefits and safe practices are contributing to the education of the community. The information should be located on restaurants personal websites and/or Facebook pages.