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Senti


3473 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
www.sentirestaurant.com
Email : eat@sentirestaurant.com
Phone : 412-586-4347

County : Allegheny
Neighborhood : Pittsburgh - Lower Lawrenceville
County: Allegheny
Designation Level : Gold Designation
Owner/Manager : Annette Ishida and Franco Braccia


(January 5, 2016, 18:24) Restaurant's comment:
Senti is a new restaurant - open less than one year. We took great pride in customer comfort and sustainable practices in the design of our space. Our paint is all low VOC and the carpet is made from recycled materials with no off-gassing. We have adopted many energy efficient practices with our lighting and kitchen equipment. Water conservation is also very important to us - Our dishwasher is designed to conserved both energy and water. We do whatever we can to reduce the waste we create. When it comes to our employees, we strive to create a comfortable, caring, familial work environment that meets everyone's needs.

Sustainability Practices:


General

Points
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation on our website, menu, and/or marketing materials

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials, and program decal.
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to post the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant decal in a place visible to restaurant guests

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials, and program decal.
3 points We have adopted a comprehensive sustainability policy

Restaurant's statement: We have adopted a comprehensive sustainability policy
3 points We provide sustainability-related training and information to all new and existing employees

Restaurant's statement: All employees are trained on our sustainable practices (i.e. recycling, reuse of materials, oil recycling)
3 points We include updates on our sustainable actions within staff meetings

Restaurant's statement: We include updates on our progress with our sustainable actions within our staff meetings.
11 Points for General

Waste Reduction

Points
2 points We recycle all of the following materials: paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum

Restaurant's statement: We use Waste Management and recycle all paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum.
3 points We recycle/donate for reuse some of the following small materials/items: polystyrene/Styrofoam, light bulbs, batteries, aerosol cans, paint, computer systems, hardware, light fixtures, ink and toner cartridges

Restaurant's statement: We recycle ink and toner cartridges.
2 points We buy at least one of the following products in bulk - no individually wrapped/portioned items: straws, to-go cutlery, or condiments used for in-house orders

Restaurant's statement: We buy everything we can in bulk.
2 points We have eliminated straws from guest use or instilled an "offer first" approach with straws

Restaurant's statement: We do not freely give out straws. We only give straws to guests upon their request.
3 points We sell or donate our used cooking oil

Restaurant's statement: Valley Proteins services our cooking oil.
3 points We practice "root-to-stem" or "nose-to-tail" cooking

Restaurant's statement: We use parsley stems for stocks, bones for stocks, and trim from prosciutto and parmesan is used to make a consumme.
1 point We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard/whiteboard as opposed to printing

Restaurant's statement: We verbalize daily specials and post online.
2 points We do not use plastic bags to bag take-out items or have instilled an "offer first" approach to bagging take-out items in plastic

Restaurant's statement: We use paper bags for leftovers for our guests.
3 points We have eliminated the use of polystyrene foam or Styrofoam containers (boxes and cups) for take-out use

Restaurant's statement: We use containers made from recycled paper.
3 points We purchase paper products and/or containers made from recycled content

Restaurant's statement: Our take out packaging is made from recycled content and recyclable.
2 points We purchase paper products and/or containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: Out take out packaging is made from recycled content and recyclable.
2 points We purchase plastic products/containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: Our plastic take-out containers and ramekins are recyclable.
2 points We do not serve water that is bottled in plastic

Restaurant's statement: We do not serve water bottled in plastic.
2 points We use a paperless ordering and billing for vendors where it is available

Restaurant's statement: When the vendors a paperless ordering and billing system, we use it.
2 points We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products

Restaurant's statement: Our cleaner for the dishwasher is environmentally friendly from Eco-Lab.
2 points We use linen napkins vs. paper

Restaurant's statement: We use linen napkins for our dine-in guests.
3 points We serve dine-in food and beverages with multi-use rather than disposable dishware (plates, cups, utensils, ramekins, etc.)

Restaurant's statement: We use multi-serve dish ware for all dine-in food and beverages.
39 Points for Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Points
3 points We track the amount of water our restaurant uses and our progress on water conservation

Restaurant's statement: We track our monthly water usage through our utility bills.
3 points We have installed a low-flow pre-rinse sprayer for dishwashing

Restaurant's statement: Our pre-rinse sprayer was recently installed and is low-flow. Our entire dishwashing unit is designed to conserve water.
3 points We have addressed water conservation by reducing the flow rate of our sinks

Restaurant's statement: All hand sinks throughout the restaurant are all low-flow.
2 points We practice water-saving dishwashing techniques: hand scraping plates, pots, and pans before washing, presoaking pans/utensils, only running the dishwasher when it is full, and/or basin style washing

Restaurant's statement: We hand scrape, presoak, use basin style washing, and only run the dishwasher when it is full.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our toilets

Restaurant's statement: We have low-flow toilets installed.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our urinals

Restaurant's statement: We have low-flow urinals installed.
1 point We thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator (not with running water)

Restaurant's statement: We thaw frozen foods through refrigeration.
3 points We capture rainwater

Restaurant's statement: Owner captures rainwater to feed their garden that is used to supply a portion of the restaurant's produce
1 point We avoid hosing indoor and outdoor areas. Instead, we use dry cleaning methods followed by a damp mopping

Restaurant's statement: Our standard practice is to sweet and damp mop. Every once in a while we need to hose off the patio.
2 points We regularly check for and repair leaks in our water system

Restaurant's statement: We have noticed and repaired all leaks in our water system.
2 points We take necessary precautions to prevent wastewater contaminants produced during exterior cleaning/pressure washing or cleaning of floor mats, trash cans, or equipment from entering storm drains

Restaurant's statement: If necessary to clean anything outside, we always make sure that we keep wastewater from entering storm drains.
1 point We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use

Restaurant's statement: We do not leave water running unnecessarily.
27 Points for Water Conservation

Energy Efficiency

Points
2 points We have our HVAC inspected annually to ensure it is in proper working condition and operating efficiently

Restaurant's statement: As this is our first year, we have had technicians out multiple times to address the efficiency of our HVAC system.
2 points We use a programmable thermostat (continuously programmed to heat at 68 degrees and cool at 74 degrees during operating hours and 62 to heat/85 to cool during non-operating hours)

Restaurant's statement: We use a programmable thermostat per the temperature requirements outlined in the criteria. We also turn off the HVAC at night.
2 points We have addressed energy efficiency through our windows and doors

Restaurant's statement: Our windows are double-paned.
4 points We have a policy that we only purchase Energy Star equipment or appliances when available

Restaurant's statement: When available, we purchase Energy Star equipment. Our cooler, oven, and dishwasher are all Energy Star.
4 points We have upgraded to energy efficient lighting (T8 or T5 flourescents, LED, CFL)

Restaurant's statement: We have energy efficient fluorescents and LED throughout.
5 points We use LED bulbs in lighting or emergency exits

Restaurant's statement: We use LED lighting in our restaurant and emergency exits.
2 points We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours

Restaurant's statement: We turn off all non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours.
2 points We turn off lights in unused spaces or have installed sensors/timers to automatically turn them off

Restaurant's statement: We turn off lights when spaces aren't used.
2 points We regularly clean evaporator and condenser coils on refrigerators (every 3 months)

Restaurant's statement: We clean refrigerator coils every other week.
1 point We maintain the temperature of our hot water heater at 140 degrees or at the lowest temperature consistent with our sanitizing system

Restaurant's statement: Our dishwasher is designed to conserve water and be energy efficient.
1 point We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode

Restaurant's statement: We power down everything at the end of business.
2 points We use ceiling fans to promote air circulation (high edge forward in winter, forcing air down; reverse in summer)

Restaurant's statement: We have fans in the back of the house to promote air circulation in the kitchen.
2 points We power down the kitchen equipment during slow, idle times

Restaurant's statement: Ovens get shut down during slow times of business and pasta maker gets put to a low simmer.
2 points We have installed a barrier between the outside air and main entrance (air curtain, foyer, double doors, indoor curtain, revolving door)

Restaurant's statement: We have a double door system at our foyer.
2 points We have insulated all refrigeration cold suction lines

Restaurant's statement: Our cold suction lines are insulated on our refrigeration units.
3 points We use daylight sensors or adjust our indoor lighting based on natural sunlight available

Restaurant's statement: We adjust our indoor lighting based on the natural sunlight.
38 Points for Energy Efficiency

People - Community/Consumer Actions

Points
3 points We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community

Restaurant's statement: All our employees are very local to Senti.
4 points We participate with an organization's program designed to provide employment opportunities for vulnerable populations

Restaurant's statement: We post open positions with Gateway.
4 points We participate in cooking classes, farmer events, or provide educational opportunities for adults or children to promote responsible food choices, culinary skills, food sourcing, meal planning, health and wellness, or other educational purposes

Restaurant's statement: We host pasta making classes.
2 points There is a secure location to store bicycles at or near our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: There are a number of bike racks located on Butler St.
13 Points for People - Community/Consumer Actions

People - Employee Actions

Points
5 points We exceed the industry standard for FOH and BOH employee wages (over the current minimum wage rate) or have instituted an alternative pay system structure compared to traditional industry methods

Restaurant's statement: Our employees all make over minimum wage.
4 points We offer health benefits to our employees

Restaurant's statement: Employees working more than 30 hours a week are offered health benefits. Free vision, Dental is offered, and we pay 50% of the premium.
1 point Our restaurant is owned by someone who lives within the local region

Restaurant's statement: Owners reside in Shadyside.
3 points We offer our staff training to further enhance career development

Restaurant's statement: Our FOH staff receives wine training, for example. We also have an employee who also now serves us for marketing and event coordinating.
1 point We provide emergency rides for employees

Restaurant's statement: We provide rides home, when needed and have also transported injured employees to the hospital.
3 points We provide employees with at least 11 hours of non-working time between shifts

Restaurant's statement: Unless it's absolutely necessary, employees are provided at least 11 hours between shifts.
3 points We provide employees working double shifts with a minimum break time of two hours

Restaurant's statement: Outside of holiday season, employees generally receive two hours between double shifts.
3 points We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively

Restaurant's statement: Our policy is to give employees one day off for every five days worked.
3 points Our full-time salaried employees work an average no more than of 35-45 hours/week

Restaurant's statement: Our full-time salaried employees work an average of 35-45 hours per week
3 points We offer our FOH and BOH employees vacation time

Restaurant's statement: Salaried employees are provided vacation time.
3 points We offer internal promotions

Restaurant's statement: Our sous chef started as a line cook. Our bar tender was a server previously and also does marketing and event coordination. We also have promoted a food runner to a server position.
3 points We cross-train employees across different floor and kitchen positions

Restaurant's statement: We have servers who also work as bartenders, for example.
3 points We provide employees with the ability to move between front and back of house positions

Restaurant's statement: We have an employee who is a food runner and worked expo in front of the house and is a dishwasher or does food prep in the back of the house.
3 points We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant's employees are offered raises based on job performance and responsibility
1 point We provide discounts for our employees at our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: Employees are provided a 50% employee discount and we have family meal every day.
2 points We provide bonuses or incentives for employee performance

Restaurant's statement: We run incentives to promote employee performance.
2 points We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment

Restaurant's statement: We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment at Senti.
46 Points for People - Employee Actions

Responsible Sourcing

Points
3 points When Energy Star or energy efficient equipment is not available or attainable, we make it a priority to purchase refurbished appliances or equipment

Restaurant's statement: We look to purchase ENERGY STAR equipment first.
3 points We derive some items or ingredients locally (i.e. cheese, milk, coffee, tea, juice, baked goods, beer, wine, spirits, invasive species, raw baking materials)

Restaurant's statement: Milk and creamer come from Turner Farms. We also have local Boyd and Blair vodka.
4 points We source our seafood sustainably [Consult Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Guide (do not serve from 'Avoid' column), Blue Ocean Institute's Guide to Friendly Seafood (do not serve those coded as orange or red), or purchase from a supplier certified by the Marine Stewardship Council]

Restaurant's statement: We use Monterey Bay Seafood Guide to guide our seafood purchasing. Also keeping on trends and updates with seafood sourcing.
3 points We make purchases from a farmer coop, local food hub, or local food purveyor

Restaurant's statement: We source from Penn's Corner Farm Alliance
2 points We source products from a regionally-based third party supplier

Restaurant's statement: We source from Paragon.
3 points We rotate menu items based on seasonality

Restaurant's statement: Root vegetables are used in the colder months.
2 points We recognize local farms and/or vendors whose products we source online, on our menu, or through our marketing

Restaurant's statement: Our servers are educated daily on what farms and vendors we are using to communicate to the guests.
4 points We participate in hyperlocal sourcing (restaurant gardens, apiary on-site, or sourcing products from within the local community/zip code)

Restaurant's statement: One of our staff an also our owners grow produce that supplies a portion of what we use.
3 points We can, pickle, or preserve foods

Restaurant's statement: We pickle vegetables for our charcuterie plate, also make fruit preserves. We have also taken sour cherries and soaked them in brandy and served for holidays.
3 points We make at least one of the following items in-house: salad dressings, condiments, sauces, jams, jellies, juices, soups, broths, stock, chutneys, syrups, salsas

Restaurant's statement: We make everything in-house: pasta, sausage, prosciutto, sauces, salad dressings, desserts, etc.
3 points We make our own non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, or spirits (including mixers)

Restaurant's statement: We make our own ginger simple syrup, bloody mary mix, fresh-squeezed juices, and mocktails
8 points When in season, we source 46-100% of produce locally (From within a 150 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: Approximately 85% of our produce is local when in season.
For RS-24 – RS-27, select the “yes” that represents your % of regionally sourced produce:
1 point When in season, we source 1-15% of produce regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: About 10% of our produce is grown regionally.
8 points We source 46-100% of meats locally (from within a 150 mile radius) OR we do not source meats

Restaurant's statement: 90-95% of meat we use comes from within 150 miles.
For RS-32 – RS-35, select the “yes” that represents your % of regionally sourced meats:
1 point We source 1-25% of meats regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: About 5% of our meats are sourced regionally.
4 points 16-30% of products we use carry organic certification or are naturally grown

Restaurant's statement: About 25% of the products we use are organic.
55 Points for Responsible Sourcing

Nutrition

Points
2 points Our restaurant provides half portions of select menu items or small plates (tapas)

Restaurant's statement: We offer an entire menu of small plate items.
2 points Our restaurant provides vegetarian/vegan fare

Restaurant's statement: Fettuccine ai Funghi and Spaghetti al Pomodoro are two examples. Recently we ran a Seven Fishes special for Christmas that also featured seven courses for vegetarians.
2 points Our restaurant provides entrée items served with fruits and/or vegetables

Restaurant's statement: For lunch, both the pollo and salmon are served with vegetables.
2 points Our restaurant provides allergen-free options

Restaurant's statement: We have gluten-free pasta.
2 points Our restaurant provides low-sodium options

Restaurant's statement: Most menu items are low-sodium. Low-sodium items can also be requested.
2 points Our restaurant provides ancient grains (barley, farro, quinoa, polenta, amaranth, spelt, kamut, chia, sorghum, freekeh, teff, millet)

Restaurant's statement: Farro is served at Senti.
2 points Our restaurant provides low calorie salad dressings

Restaurant's statement: Our dressings are made in-house are low calorie vinaigrette based
2 points Our restaurant provides smaller sized soda options

Restaurant's statement: Our glasses hold about 12 oz of soda
3 points Our restaurant provides fruits or vegetables are offered with children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Children are offered vegetables and/or fruits with their meal.
3 points Our restaurant provides alternatives to soft drinks for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: juices, milk, flavored pelligrino
3 points Our restaurant provides lean proteins are used in children's meals

Restaurant's statement: chicken, seafood,
3 points Our restaurant provides low-fat, low-calorie, low-sugar, or low-sodium options for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: We can accommodate to meet any of these requests
2 points We use healthful, plant based oils for cooking and baking (containing predominantly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - no trans-fat/partially-hydrogenated oils)

Restaurant's statement: Canola oil in the fryer. We also use olive oil, grape seed oil, and a canola/olive oil blend.
3 points We have satisfied the requirements associated with earning Live Well Allegheny restaurant status. (Note: If your restaurant is located in Allegheny County, completing these requirements will earn you status as a LWA Restaurant in addition to your SPR designation. If your restaurant is located outside of Allegheny County, you will receive points toward your SPR designation by meeting LWA Restaurant requirements.)

Restaurant's statement: We have satisfied the requirements associated with earning Live Well Allegheny restaurant status.
33 Points for Nutrition