Fulton County recognized today as ‘Sweet Tomatoes and Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. Appreciation Day’ for our constant green efforts and contributions.
April 18 is proclaimed ‘Sweet Tomatoes and Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. Appreciation Day’ in Fulton County. Alberto from Perimeter Sweet Tomatoes and Rodney from Alpharetta Sweet Tomatoes were presented a proclamation today at the Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting this morning on our environmental contribution through our process of becoming GRA certified.
The Fulton County Department of Health Services partnered with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) and launched a Green Restaurant program. The certification program which promotes sustainable practices is voluntary and open to Fulton County’s 4,700 restaurants. Food service establishments that implement sustainable practices which meet Fulton County’s and the GRA’s environmental requirements related to energy, water, waste, disposables, chemical and pollution reduction and sustainable foods will receive a 2, 3 or 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant® rating. Fulton County Health Services and the GRA web listing and a Fulton County issued Green Restaurant permit will also be granted to restaurateurs achieving green certification.
According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry is the second largest private-sector employer in the country. Current food service industry interest and County outreach has put the County on track to surpass its benchmark of 25 Certified Green Restaurant® by Earth Day 2012 and receive Green Dining Destination™ by December 2012. Sweet Tomatoes were the first restaurants to be on board with the GRA in the county.