LEED-CS: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Building Core and Shell. Both are high-performance, energy-efficient and conform to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards. Our building’s interior is constructed with healthy, energy-efficient furnishings, equipment, methods and materials.
Zero Storm Water Discharge: We collect, retain and re-use rainfall/runoff. We have no connection to the city storm sewer.
Cistern: We collect and store all rainwater on the roof and use it to water the garden and landscaping as needed.
Porous Pavement: Our parking lot is permeable, which means it allows water to pass through the surface to eliminate the need for salt.
Reduced Heat Island Effect: Light-colored roofing materials reflect the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere, thereby reducing the “Heat Island” effect and global warming.
High-Efficiency HVAC: Our furnace operates at a 90+ efficiency rating and our air conditioning at 13 SEER to keep energy use low.
Thermal Shell: Insulated concrete forms and thermal pane windows with Low E glass offer comfort and energy efficiency.
Energy-Efficient Equipment: Our restaurant uses computer-controlled equipment to optimize performance, like the modulating kitchen hood which uses 30% less electricity than conventional equipment.
Alternative Paper Sources: We use sugar cane recycled “plastic” containers (biodegradable or compostable) whenever possible.
Recycling & Composting: We recycle and or compost over 90% of our waste: paper, cardboard, plastic (including straws and trash bags), glass, and grease. Our reusable coasters are made from 100% recycled tire rubber; and we do not print to-go menus; instead we offer our menu online. These practices save approximately 100 trees per year. Our waste nets one-tenth that of a typical restaurant.
Sustainable Farming: We prepare every dish from scratch with the highest quality, local ingredients available. In-season, our produce is chemical-free and purchased daily from local farmers who farm the land sustainably to ensure its use for generations to come.