Profile: Green Restaurant Association

Green Sage Coffeehouse & Cafe. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress).

The Green Restaurant Association is a national nonprofit that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants mark in the country. For 23 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand to “green” their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards.

With our turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in areas such as energy, water, waste, chemicals, food, building and packaging.

The Green Restaurant Association helped to found the green business movement in 1990 and now has restaurants in 47 states and Canada. In 2014, GRA greened the first football stadium — helping MetLife Stadium become the first Certified Green Restaurant stadium in the world. The GRA also greened the 2014 Super Bowl.

The GRA has been featured in hundreds of media outlets: CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, CBS News and more.

GRA Asheville members are Bouchon, Cedric’s Tavern on the Biltmore Estate, Curate, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Homegrown, Laughing Seed Cafe, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Plant, Posana Cafe, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Social Lounge & Tapas, Strada, The Bistro at the Bitmore Estate, The Cantina, The Corner Kitchen, The Green Sage (two locations) and Tupelo Honey Cafe (two locations).

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