More Info: Zero Foodprint Dining Week
the bay area "food world" is joining Forces with ZFP & the GGRA to change and inspire the "real world."
How it works:
Minor actions on the local level build to massive shifts on the global level: A restaurant pledges to go carbon neutral for the week of the Climate Summit, through a combination of practical changes and small contributions to environmental projects in the food system.
First, the restaurant completes a simplified life cycle assessment which is reviewed by experts at 3 Degrees Inc. An approximate carbon footprint is calculated and the restaurant is grouped into a pledge category: 10, 25, or 50 cents per diner.*
GGRA, ZFP and the Global Climate Action Summit will showcase the participating restaurants to the ~3000 visiting delegates and their respective entourages. The list will also circulate among local food press to promote Bay Area residents' participation in the climate summit with their choices. The ultimate goal is to drive business to restaurants that are actively improving the environment.
Where does the money go?
The proceeds will support two kinds of projects:
1) a gold standard verified carbon offset project at Scenic View Dairy in Fennville, MI
So that's it? Just money?
No! And yes . . . the requirement to participate is making the financial contributions to the environmental projects. The measurable impact of this small act across many restaurants for a week--the Climate Summit week in particular--will demonstrate a huge impact!
We are currently seeking participation commitments from restaurants. All we need is a short survey (simplified life cycle assessments) and we can get the ball rolling toward the big event in September. More information on additional action restaurants can take, such as special menu items and promotions, will be available in August.
* Offset contribution will be based on the result of the assessment. Based on ZFP's dozens of previous life cycle assessments. In terms of imagining what a restaurant's pledge would be, 10 cents roughly corresponds to past results from a fast-casual operation, 25 cents to the footprint of a 3 course meal and 50 cents to the footprint of an extended tasting menu, respectively--actual assignments will vary based on menu, business volume and operations).