The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program, a sustainability performance initiative providing recognition for leading restaurants in southwestern PA, has designated eight Oakland restaurants since its kickoff in September of last year. One establishment in particular already has plans on using its funds awarded through the program to make sustainable improvements. Ting Yen, owner of Sushi Fuku – a Sustainable Pittsburgh silver-level sushi restaurant located at 120 Oakland Avenue – looks forward to installing some newer, greener equipment! “I plan on using the funds to replace our 10-year-old reach-in freezer with a new Energy Star one that uses less energy,” said Ting. “We spend quite a bit on our monthly electric bills – especially in the summer, and improvements like this help.” Ting also plans on purchasing some new strip-curtains for his freezer with the funds.
Ting recommends that all restaurants should jump on board with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program. “This program is a great learning opportunity for restaurant owners on adopting greener choices, not to mention that it helps save money!… Consumers care about sustainability now more than ever, so it’s the perfect time to make improvements,” he continued.
Rebecca Bykoski, Program Manager of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program, has helped Ting and the other seven designated restaurants in the area make improvements. “Rebecca is very knowledgeable and helpful in the designation process – I learned so much. I wish I had known her years ago when I started!” said Ting.
OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Being designated enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business.
Interested? Contact Rebecca Bykoski: [email protected].