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Web sites, publications, multimedia, and other materials provide hospitality facilities with the resources needed for a successful pollution prevention program.

Cross Cutting Issues

Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides a convenient and cost–effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
Helps the federal government, businesses, green vendors and consumers to find and evaluate information about green products and services, identify federal green buying requirements, calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices, and manage green purchasing processes.

Environmental Defense Fund: Innovation Exchange - Restaurants and Dining 
Help dining managers address the most important environmental impacts of their operations.

Green Hospitality Initiative (GHI)
With a grant from EPA, the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NYSRAEF) is working to help to green restaurants in New York City.

Pollution Prevention in the Hospitality Industry
EPA developed this website to provide busy hospitality professionals and academics with easily accessible information to start or expand a pollution prevention program.

National Restaurant Association Conserve 
Explores conservation efforts being adopted by restaurants around the nation and offers suggestions and resources to help you reduce the cost of running your operation.

Environmental Law & Policy Center Going Greener
The guide covers seven topics: energy, water, solid waste, cleaning, carry-out containers and disposables, food purchasing and design and construction. Each section provides a series of steps you can take to “green up” that area of your operation.

EPA's Greener Products Portal
A search engine designed to help the user identify greener products based on the type of user and their specific product interests. It also provides some basic information on product sustainability for consumers, institutional purchasers, and manufacturers as well as links to many valuable resources produced by EPA alone or in association with other organizations (e.g., EPA eco-labling programs and standards).

Energy Management

ENERGY STAR®
Helps restaurants save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.

ENERGY STAR Training offers free online trainings to help you improve the energy performance of your organization.

Food Service Technology Center 
Developed over 35 Standard Test Methods for evaluating commercial kitchen appliance and system performance. Offers educational seminars  to provides valuable information on a different aspect of energy efficiency in food service operations.

Waste

WasteWise
Helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.

New York City WasteLe$$ Business Resources: Waste Prevention in the Restaurant Sector 
Provides related waste prevention information for the restaurant sector.

Partnership for Bar & Restaurant Recycling 
Although focused on facilities in North Carolina, offers useful resources to bar and restaurant owners, managers and employees who want to establish and operate successful recycling programs.

Hazardous Waste Reduction

Design for the Environment (DfE)-labeled Products
Find safer DfE-labeled chemical-based products, like all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, and carpet and floor care products.

PestWise
Forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies.

Water

WaterSense®
Seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.

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