All IHG®-managed InterContinental Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada meet the rigorous environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association
The InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand is proud to be the first hotel chain to have all of its IHG® corporate-managed restaurants in the United States and Canada become Certified Green Restaurants®. In September 2011, the InterContinental Boston hotel’s Miel Brasserie Provençale was the first of the hotel chain’s restaurants to receive the certification. Based on the hotel’s positive feedback about the certification process, the InterContinental brand made the decision to require all of its internally managed restaurants to meet the rigorous environmental certification standards of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), and this week the hotel chain achieved this exciting goal.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is part of the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) family of brands, and IHG is committed to being a responsible business. The company is focused on making a positive difference by creating more sustainable hotels and communities where it operates. The InterContinental brand’s effort to gain certification came out of support for the IHG Green Engage® program, which is an online sustainability platform that is used by more than 2,500 IHG-branded hotels worldwide, and allows properties to chart their progress toward energy, waste and water efficiency. Collectively, 26 Certified Green Restaurants at InterContinental properties implemented 1,180 environmental steps, earning them 3,341 GreenPoints™ in the Green Restaurant Association’s environmental categories of energy, water, waste, food, packaging, chemicals, and building materials.
“We are proud to be the first hotel company in the world to have all of our managed restaurants under one brand meeting the 2 and 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant standard,” said Jean-Pierre Etcheberrigaray, vice president of food and beverage, the Americas, IHG. “In 2011, we set out to achieve this goal, and we are thrilled to have exceeded it.”
“The Certified Green Restaurant accomplishment of the InterContinental brand is a wonderful example of IHG’s commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Paul Snyder, vice president, corporate responsibility – environmental sustainability and public affairs, IHG. “We are excited to see these hotels using our program, IHG Green Engage, to work with the Green Restaurant Association in making our brand the first hotel chain to have all of its corporate-managed foodservice facilities become Certified Green Restaurants. The IHG-managed InterContinental Hotels & Resorts have set a great precedent, and we are proud of their accomplishments.”
All of the InterContinental hotels’ 26 Certified Green Restaurants have met the GRA’s certification standards by earning at least 100 GreenPoints™ in the categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. Additionally, each Certified Green Restaurant has eliminated use of polystyrene foam, (aka StyroFoam™), and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.
Diners can visit DineGreen.com to locate InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Certified Green Restaurants and find transparent environmental details on the specific steps that each IHG restaurant has taken to become more environmentally sustainable.
“With 26 Certified Green Restaurants in 13 cities, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts have demonstrated that hotel restaurants really can divert 95 percent of their waste from landfills, conserve energy and water, and use more sustainable food,” said Michael Oshman, CEO and founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “InterContinental hotels are truly pioneering the hospitality industry by prioritizing sustainable dining on such a large scale, and we are thrilled with the hotel group’s outstanding green accomplishments.”
For details on the GRA’s Certification Standards, visit: http://dinegreen.com/restaurants/standards.asp.