Greening Cafes: Easy Steps to Save Energy, Water, Waste and Money

When you grab that deep cup of rich dark-roast Mexican coffee and that lemon poppyseed scone, do you wonder if the business has met Green Cafe Standards?  Some of us intinctively go for the fair-trade coffee, but do you think how much water and energy the cafe is using? If they have environmentally responsible purchasing?

Well, neither do I, but perhaps we should.

The Green Cafe Network work with independently owned coffeehouses to actively reduce their ecological impacts and become certified green businesses.  In the process of that mission, they aspire to influence product supply chains, promote social justice and the green jobs movement, influence policy, inspire citizen action, and bring sustainability to the mainstream.

A workshop in Oakland Thursday night engages owners, managers and workers in cafes and restuaurants in ways to become more sustainable.

Time: 6 to 8pm, Sept. 23
Location: Remedy Café – 4316 Telegraph Avenue (between 43rd & 44th St, in Temescal),  Oakland

From the announcement:

Do you own, manage or work in a coffeehouse or restaurant? Come join this hands-on workshop and learn about the easy steps you can take to reduce the environmental impacts of your business. Whether you’re just getting started or you already do some great things to be ‘green,’ this workshop provides a chance to ask questions and hear from local experts about the resources available to small cafés and restaurants.

Participants Will:

Learn best practices in energy and water efficiency that will save you money

Gain understanding of the environmental impacts of cafés and restaurants

Begin or improve compost and recycling collection at your café or restaurant

Gain practical skills that can be immediately implemented on the job

Learn how your café can get recognition and become a Certified Green Business

Speakers Include: Richard Young, Senior Engineer & Director of Education at Food Service Technology Center; Kirstin Henninger, Founding Director of Green Café Network (GCN); Leila Khatapoush, Consultant to the Alameda County Green Business Program; Wanda Redic, Recycling Specialist, City of Oakland, Public Works Agency

This workshop is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. RSVP and send any questions to:

Contact Information

Company: Green Café Network
Name: Kirstin Henninger
Phone: 415-407-6987
Website: Green Café Network

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