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Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. is lost from farm to fork to landfill where it creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. And, restaurants lose valuable revenue from food waste. Denver's business sustainability program, Certifiably Green Denver, is working with the local restaurant community to help reduce food waste locally through the Food Waste Challenge. We hope you'll join your fellow restauraterus in implementing cost-saving strategies to reduce food waste through prevention, recovery and recycling. Sign up to become part of the solution!

Highlands Restaurant Pilot

February 1 - April 15, 2019

Is your restaurant located in the LoHi or West Highland neighborhoods and interested in participating in a free pilot to reduce food waste, receive expert on-site training, resources, compost service, promotion and more? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch with more information. Hurry- space is limited to ten participants!

Pilot Details

Denver Pulic Health and Environment is conducting a pilot in the LoHi and West Highlands neighborhoods from Febraury 1 - April 15, 2019 to help restaurants reduce food waste. the first ten restaurants to sign up will receive access to:

  • Compost infrastructure, training and service for two months
  • Food donation pick-up service and advising to capture associated tax write offs
  • Food waste tracking tools and training, improving your bottom line
  • Free workshop with tips from top local restaurants and national experts
  • PR and marketing support for participating in the pilot including window decals, press coverage, stickers for to-go containers, optional biolerplate language and logo for menus and more.

How to Participate:

  1. Register for the pilot
  2. Fill out a short introductory survey
  3. Attend a mandatory workshop on Monday, February 4 from 9am-11am.
  4. Implement a minumum of four of the food saving practices listed below in your restaurant for at least 60 days between February 1 and April 15, 2019.
  5. Complete a followup survey


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Show it by making a commitment to sustainable action on behalf of your organization today.


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