Industry News | June 25, 2012

NRA, Canadian Foodservices Debut Conserve Initiative

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The National Restaurant Association today announced its partnership with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) to launch a Canadian version of the Conserve Sustainability Education Program. The initiative will provide Canadian restaurant operators and foodservice establishments with tools and information to become more environmentally friendly in areas ranging from energy use to waste management.

“We are so pleased to begin this partnership with our friends in the Canadian restaurant and foodservice industry,” says Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The National Restaurant Association launched the Conserve initiative to raise awareness and provide resources to every U.S. restaurant operator regardless of size, and it has been exciting to see how Conserve has grown in just a few short years.”

“Environmental sustainability is a growing area of interest for our members and their customers,” says Garth Whyte, president and CEO of CRFA.

“We look forward to leveraging Conserve’s best practices and lessons into a uniquely Canadian program that will help our members reduce their environmental footprint, as well as saving them time and money. The Conserve program will be an important resource for operators across our country.”

The Conserve program in Canada is expected to launch this fall and will have an online presence to ensure operators can easily access educational materials, including videos and case studies, similar to the original program, but customized for the Canadian market.   

The Conserve Sustainability Education Program is an online resource designed to initiate and inspire environmentally friendly actions that also improve a company’s bottom line. The program focuses on ways to reduce energy, waste, and water.