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rita's Italian Ice


3712 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
www.ritasfranchises.com/oakland
Email : Ritas.oakland@gmail.com
Phone : 412-621-6423

County : Allegheny
Neighborhood : Pittsburgh - Central Oakland
County: Allegheny
Designation Level : Bronze Designation
Owner/Manager : David E. Willig/Owner

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 provide sustainability-related training and information to all new and existing employees

Restaurant's statement: we recycle all plastic and paper used at the store.
5 Points for General

Waste Reduction

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

Restaurant's statement: This is handles by UPMC, my landlord.
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 small hard to recycle items (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 use non individually wrapped spoons.
2 points We have eliminated straws from guest use or instilled an "offer first" approach with straws

Restaurant's statement: we use an offer first approach to distributing straws.
1 point We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard/whiteboard as opposed to printing

Restaurant's statement: We have permanent displays to show our flavors and items.
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 offer paper bags first for take out items.
3 points We have eliminated the use of polystyrene foam or Styrofoam containers (boxes and cups) for take-out use

Restaurant's statement: We do not use polystyrene/Styrofoam cups or containers.
2 points We purchase paper products and/or containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: We purchase recyclable paper products.
2 points We purchase plastic products/containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: We purchase plastic products that are recyclable.
2 points If we offer our guests paper self-serve napkins, we use a single output dispenser

Restaurant's statement: we use a single output napkin dispenser.
2 points We use a paperless ordering and billing for vendors where it is available

Restaurant's statement: we use paperless ordering and billing where it is available.
23 Points for Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Points
3 points We have installed a low-flow pre-rinse sprayer for dishwashing

Restaurant's statement: Fisher sprayer
3 points We have addressed water conservation by reducing the flow rate of our sinks

Restaurant's statement: We have aerators
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 and presoak items when possible.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our toilets

Restaurant's statement: We use a toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (Gerber)
1 point We thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator (not with running water)

Restaurant's statement: We do not use water to thaw frozen foods.
2 points We regularly check for and repair leaks in our water system

Restaurant's statement: We regularly check and repair leaks in our water system.
1 point We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use

Restaurant's statement: we turn off all faucets when not in use.
15 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: We have our HVAC system checked annually.
2 points We have addressed energy efficiency through our windows and doors

Restaurant's statement: We have addressed energy efficiency through our windows and doors
2 points We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours

Restaurant's statement: We only leave on emergency lighting when store is not open.
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 lighting in unused areas.
2 points We regularly clean evaporator and condenser coils on refrigerators (every 3 months)

Restaurant's statement: Cleaning of these items was done during the week of February 13th.
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: We maintain our water temperature 140 degrees or lower
1 point We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode

Restaurant's statement: Electronic items go top sleep when not being used.
2 points We power down the kitchen equipment during slow, idle times

Restaurant's statement: Equipment is turned off when possible to conserve energy.
1 point We use natural cooling in place of air conditioning, when acceptable

Restaurant's statement: We use natural cooling instead of air conditioning
2 points We have insulated all refrigeration cold suction lines

Restaurant's statement: Lines are insulated.
3 points We use daylight sensors or adjust our indoor lighting based on natural sunlight available

Restaurant's statement: we adjust our lighting according to natural light available
20 Points for Energy Efficiency

People - Community/Consumer Actions

Points
2 points We partner with, fundraise, sponsor, promote or donate to a local community organization, community members, or cause

Restaurant's statement: We donate to local community organizations
3 points We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community

Restaurant's statement: We provide employment opportunities for residents of local communities
2 points There is a secure location to store bicycles at or near our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: There is a bike rack in the area and employees can secure there bikes in the garage behind the store.
7 Points for People - Community/Consumer Actions

People - Employee Actions

Points
1 point Our restaurant is owned by someone who lives within the local region

Restaurant's statement: I live within Allegheny County
3 points We offer our staff training to further enhance career development

Restaurant's statement: We offer our staff training to further their careers
1 point We provide emergency rides for employees

Restaurant's statement: We provide emergency rides for employees
3 points We provide employees with at least 11 hours of non-working time between shifts

Restaurant's statement: We provide employees with at least 11 hours between shifts
3 points We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively

Restaurant's statement: We provide employees at least one day off every 5 days worked consecutively
3 points Our full-time salaried employees work an average no more than of 35-45 hours/week

Restaurant's statement: Full time employees work an average of no more than 35-40 hours per week
3 points We offer internal promotions

Restaurant's statement: We offer internal promotions
3 points We cross-train employees across different floor and kitchen positions

Restaurant's statement: We cross-train employees on different positions
3 points We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility

Restaurant's statement: We give employees raises based on performance
1 point We provide discounts for our employees at our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: We provide discounts for our employees at the establishment
2 points We provide bonuses or incentives for employee performance

Restaurant's statement: We provide bonuses or incentives based on performance
2 points We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment

Restaurant's statement: We have a very diverse work environment
28 Points for People - Employee Actions

Responsible Sourcing

Points
3 points We rotate menu items based on seasonality

Restaurant's statement: We rotate menu items based on seasonality
3 Points for Responsible Sourcing

Nutrition

Points
2 points Our restaurant provides vegetarian/vegan fare

Restaurant's statement: Majority of items sold at the store comply with vegetarian/vegan standards.
2 points Our restaurant provides allergen-free options

Restaurant's statement: We provide allergen free items
2 points Our restaurant provides calorie counts

Restaurant's statement: We provide calorie counts
6 Points for Nutrition