Duquesne Event Serves Up Best Practices for Food Industry to 'Go Green'
Duquesne University's Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth will be sharing ways that restaurants and others in the food industry can become more environmentally friendly.
The event, Green Your Restaurant: Go for the Gold!, will be in a convenient half-day format from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 20, in Room 505 of Rockwell Hall on Duquesne's Uptown campus.
Six of 10 consumers are more likely to choose a restaurant based on its environmental efforts, according to a National Restaurant Association forecast. To help attract these customers, restaurateurs, food service workers, farmers and suppliers are invited to learn how to turn sustainability into profitability, said Dr. Mary McKinney, project manager.
Topics to be covered include:
- Conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and recycling
- Sustainable food sourcing
- Utilizing green products (chemicals, utensils, and to-go containers)
- Sustainable agriculture
- Marketing your efforts in sustainability
- Sustainable operations and practices to grow your business and your profits.
Speakers, as well as those from The Duquesne Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth, will represent Parkhurst Dining, Cafe Phipps, the Big Burrito Group and The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Besides providing formal presentations, the event will also allow opportunities for networking.
Light refreshments and breakfast pastries will be available, and two day passes to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be given away.
The cost is $49, with a discount for members of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association. Registration and more information are available at Green Your Restaurant.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.