Local Restaurants Taking a Green Initiative

The Nature Conservancy recently decided to honor local restaurants that are “going green” through serving locally sourced meals and maintaining energy-efficient facilities. Last month the TNC named five eateries around the Boston area as finalists for its prestigious Nature’s Plate Award. Here are a few notable restaurants that made the final list:

Area Four – Located in Kendall’s Technology Square, A4 prides itself on using ingredients that are harvested locally as well as grown in a sustainable manner. The restaurant also acts as a cafe and bar, and operates a food truck.

EvooAlso situated in East Cambridge, this restaurant is known for meals made from organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. The building itself has some pretty serious credentials as well, as it is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified Restaurant.

Taranta – This Boston-located Peruvian restaurant has made excellent progress in its green practices, stating on their website that it “composts, has organic menu options, and serves biodynamic wines.” Any place that serves biodynamic wine sounds like it knows what it’s doing.

Eco-friendly commercial space is especially important to restaurants, as the constant use and discarding of food has a tangible impact on the environment. Therefore, restaurants like Evoo who operate in LEED-Certified buildings are able to reduce their environmental footprint. LEED-certified buildings offer many advantages for businesses seeking office space as well. (CBSLocal)