July 27, 2015
Pittsburgh restaurant owners, chefs and farmers have teamed with Sustainable Pittsburgh to launch the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program, which recognizes southwestern PA restaurants for their efforts in operating energy efficient and socially responsible establishments, especially as the city’s eateries garner increasing national attention.
The restaurant industry is the second largest private-sector employer in the United States, and by implementing sustainable practices such as waste reduction, water conservation and energy efficiency, the impact it has on the nation is crucial, said Rebecca Bykoski, program manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh.
She said sustainability is a growing trend in dining choices nationwide.
“Preferences indicate that well over half of consumers would pay more to eat at sustainable restaurants, and that 72 percent say they’re more likely to dine at a restaurant that sources food locally,” Bykoski said.