Aug. 18, 2008
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — FoodServiceWarehouse.com has launched its Going Green Program aimed at helping commercial kitchens cope with the costs and complexities of going green. To kick-start the program, FoodService Warehouse will give away a green commercial kitchen worth up to $40,000 to one qualifying kitchen.
According to ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial kitchens are one of the highest energy consumers in buildings. Commercial kitchens that invest in more efficient equipment can cut energy and water consumption costs by 10 to 30 percent, said Kate Lewis, sales and marketing manager for the ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Program.
FoodServiceWarehouse.com's Going Green Program addresses five key components of a green kitchen: energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, green cleaning and green education.
The Certified Green Commercial Kitchen Program is open to all commercial kitchens, regardless of where they purchase products, and is free. The certification meets current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for commercial kitchens. While getting certified, participants will have access to a LEED-qualified certification expert dedicated to counseling certified commercial kitchen owners on the next steps to gaining LEED certification.