Interest in environmental sustainability continues to grow in the restaurant community, according to recent National Restaurant Association research. Restaurants are evaluating and participating in efforts to save resources as well as utility costs throughout the country. Recently honored for its three-year commitment to environmental sustainability, Corner Bakery Cafe was awarded the annual Environmental Sustainability Award for its commitment to energy efficiency. The award, presented by EnTouch Controls, is given to businesses that have made a significant positive impact on the environment.
“We are honored to accept this award for the brand’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability. Guests that dine at our cafes care deeply about the impact our restaurants have on their neighborhoods, and we plan on continuing to demonstrate our commitment to the environment as we build new cafes this year and in 2015,” says Gary Price, president of Corner Bakery Cafe. “From improving the recyclable content in our packaging to updating our lighting sources, our sustainability program has not only improved energy efficiency; it has also reduced utility costs for our cafes, contributing to an improved economic model, which is extremely important to our franchise partners.”
As part of its strategy to reduce its environmental footprint, Corner Bakery Cafe has committed to implementing energy efficiency systems in all new corporate restaurants, as well as encouraging its network of franchise partners to implement the system in new cafes. With these environmentally conscious practices in place, the company has made the following impact:
· Each energy-efficiency Corner Bakery Cafe uses, on average, 14.5 percent less energy and saves more than 52,000 kilowatt hours a year, equal to eliminating over 80,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
· Each energy efficient Corner Bakery Cafe has also reduced its carbon footprint, on average, by more than 88,000 pounds of CO2 a year.
· Corner Bakery Cafe projects its total electricity usage will be reduced by more than 8,000 megawatt hours each year, reducing its carbon footprint by nearly 7,000 tons of CO2 each year.
“We selected Corner Bakery Cafe as the recipient of our annual Environmental Sustainability Award due to the brand’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices and procedures,” says Greg Fasullo, CEO of EnTouch Controls. “Since the brand utilizes EnTouch’s energy management services, it now has the ability to analyze critical energy data to drive decision making and future impact. This has positively affected customer acquisition and the brand’s bottom line.”