We have big news! (Maybe you heard if you if you “liked” our Facebook page or followed us on Twitter. If not make sure to follow us, and suggest it to all your friends, for more frequent tips, pictures, and updates about our daily activities).
But here it is: we’ve launched our survey of New York City restaurants! We want to find out what sustainable practices restaurants are following, which ones they don’t, and why. The survey will reach about 1500 restaurants and guide us towards developing our rating system.
This survey will introduce restaurants in the city to how we approach sustainability but it will also introduce restaurants to green products and services they may not have heard of. We’ve received raffle prizes from Excel Dryer, Instant-Off, Inc., World Centric, and FoodBizSupply.com, and the first ten restaurants that complete the survey may be eligible to receive a free comprehensive energy audit valued $1500. All restaurants that complete the full survey may also choose to receive a free energy evaluation, with incentives up to 70% for equipment upgrades.
To announce the launch of the survey and increase exposure, we’ll be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall at 11 A.M., Tuesday July 16th. Councilwoman Gale Brewer will speak, as well as mayoral candidate Sal Albanese. Mayoral candidates Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson have indicated interest in coming, as well as Borough President Scott Stringer. We’d love for you to join us as well. And don’t forget to bring all your friends who both love New York’s restaurants and are passionate about making them greener!
So, what can you do to support The SRC?
- The best way for us to spread our name is by word of mouth. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn. And of course, pass this info along to your friends and to anyone you know who’d be interested.
- Stand with us on the steps of City Hall at 11 A.M., July 16, at our press conference to announce the survey. You might just run into a celebrity chef or two . . .
- Ask your favorite restaurants if they’ve heard of us or have taken our survey! Restaurants know to listen to their customers, and customers who care about sustainability can make a real difference. The survey can be found on our web site, www.sustynyc.org.
- We’re looking to lengthen our list of sponsors, so if you’re interested in donating a raffle prize or giving a donation, please contact us.
We look forward to analyzing the survey results and publishing them later this summer. Keep an eye out for that newsletter, too.
Until then, onward!!
Founder & Executive Director | The Sustainable Restaurant Corps