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EPA Funds Project to Promote Environmental Sustainability at New York City Restaurants

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Contact Information: John Martin, (212) 637-3662,

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $60,000 to the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to help New York City restaurants reduce pollution from their operations. The foundation will assist new restaurants in efforts to reduce energy and water use and prevent pollution from hazardous substances.

      “New York City is famous for its restaurants, which serve up meals of every type and price to millions of New York residents and tourists each year,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “But restaurants can also waste energy and water if they don’t take steps to prevent pollution. The EPA grant to the Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation will help new restaurants with efforts to conserve energy and water, prevent pollution and save them money.”

      The grant to the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will build upon previous EPA-funded grants that supported pollution outreach to restaurants in New York City. Under this grant, the foundation will work with the New York City New Business Acceleration Team to provide training to new restaurants on strategies to prevent pollution. In addition, the organization will distribute its green restaurant workbook to restaurants and provide guidance to established restaurants. Participating restaurants will also be provided with technical assistance on strategies to reduce food waste, limiting the amount of food that goes to landfills and saving restaurants money.

      This grant to the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is part of the approximately $5 million in grants the EPA awards each year to prevent pollution across the nation.

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