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
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.
Option a: The Scientific Method
You fill out a brief survey about your ingredients, energy usage, and operations. This enables the experts at 3Degrees to complete a simplified life cycle assessment of the emissions for your restaurant. Based on the results, we will work with you to set a per cover cost to offset your emissions for the length of the ZeroFoodprint Dining Week. Your deposit of $110 funds your participation, and at the conclusion of the week you will send in the balance that pays for your offsets (most restaurants will fall somewhere between $0.10 and $0.25 per cover).
Option b: Keep the change
Don't have time to go through an assessment, but want to fight climate change? With this option, there are no upfront fees or surveys, you just commit to offset your emissions during the ZeroFoodprint Dining Week at $0.50 per cover. This option will cost a bit more in the long run, but if you want to skip the form and send those extra cents to offset more carbon, this could be the option for you.
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 all restaurants in the Bay Area. Sign up today for either Option A or Option B. More information on additional action restaurants can take, such as special menu items and promotions, will be available in later August. Not in the Bay Area, but want to show your solidarity? Get in touch!