Certifications & Ratings for Sustainability in Restaurants, Retail, & Food Service

  • The Green Seal 46 standard is for restaurants and food services, including those that have been operating for at least three months whose primary business is preparing and serving food to the general public or private consumers.
  • Download GS 46 Standard First Edition.  See 3.1 Responsible Food purchases (p11-14) and Appendices A and B Examples of Third Party Certification Programs (p38-39)
  • Also download the one page reference sheet: Responsible food purchasing in food service
Green Guide for Healthcare
  • The Green Guide for Health Care is a best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building design, construction, and operations for the healthcare industry.
  • Download Green Guide for Healthcare v 2.2 Operations.  See Operations/Food Service/Local Sustainably Produced Food Purchasing 3.1-3.3 (pages 11-13 through 11-17).
  • Also download the Food Technical Brief
AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Rating System
LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance
  • The LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.
  • Download LEED 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system. See Materials and Resources/ Sustainable Purchasing/ Food (p 49)