BRING Recycling has re-certified Café Yumm! as a RE:think Business Program for incorporating processes and procedures to save resources and reduce waste. Conservation measures include incorporating into real estate leases a clause prohibiting the use of poisons in landscape maintenance, installation of the first solar powered electric vehicle charging station at a restaurant in the U.S.A., developing a program with the City of Portland to compost food wastes, building the first Gold LEED
for Retail restaurant in the State of Oregon, and developing compostable, plant based take-out cutlery which is manufactured in Oregon.
Café Yumm! was the third business to receive the RE:think Award when originally established in 2010. At that time, Café Yumm! was recognized for its unique restaurant design: recycled post-consumer paper as countertops, agricultural waste as table tops and flooring material, LED lighting, low flow toilets, sensors on sinks, and for participating in EWEB’s wind power initiative.
Co-Founder and President Mark Beauchamp originally accepted the award from Carolyn Stein, Education Coordinator for BRING. “Environmental stewardship is a fundamental value at Café Yumm!, which is embraced by all of our Team Members and Franchisees. BRING’s recognition of what we do inspires us to do even more,” says Mr. Beauchamp.