Shortly thereafter, one of the Hot Italian’s Cofounders, Andrea Lepore joined us for a 30 minute round-table discussion that centered around the restaurant’s history and how sustainability came to be one of their core values. Members were educated on what it takes to start a successful restaurant while pursuing LEED certification. It also became apparent that the reasons for doing so need to be genuine for them to be sustainable. From installing bike racks outside their facility, to forming innovative partnerships with other local groups (GRAS), or simply pioneering a smaller and less material intensive pizza box, The Hot Italian has truly gone above and beyond in demonstrating their commitment to sustainable business. Members were also able to get a brief a glimpse into some of Andreas plans for the future.
Also present was GRAS founder David Baker. During the roundtable, Andrea and David talked about how they met and how the composting program began. David plays an integral role in helping The Hot Italian divert their food-waste/organics from landfill via a GRAS managed composter located outside the restaurant. The unit is odor free and has the capacity to handle not only the Hot Italian’s food-waste, but also food waste from other local restaurants. David’s vision for GRAS was born during his tenure at Sellands Family Restaurants in East Sacramento. It has since grown to encompass numerous businesses around the Sacramento area. After the tour was completed, members returned to the restaurant and carried on with conversations that had taken place earlier in the evening.
Our chapter is excited to continue offering unique opportunities like this for our members to learn, while sharing best practices from some of the regions most forward thinking organizations. Our next event is going to take place at the end of August, so stay tuned! We will post information on facebook and meetup along with our website. If you have questions about how to get involved or simply want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out ---> firstname.lastname@example.org
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