VICTORIA, B.C. — LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice) has released its annual Guide to Canada’s Greenest Restaurants for 2018.
As the organization notes, an increasing number of restaurants are realizing that operating as a more sustainable business is also good for the bottom line.
The 2018 guide features more than 80 restaurant locations and food trucks from across the country, which have achieved or are completing LEAF accreditation, including Calgary’s River Café, Degrees at the University of Manitoba and Locals Restaurant – Food From the Heart of the Island in Courtenay, B.C.
The guide also recognized the winners of the LEAF Awards, which include:
Most Improved — Community Cafe, Calgary
Greenest Restaurant over 10,000 sq. ft. — Diversity Foodservices, Winnipeg
Greenest Restaurant — Chic Alors!, Quebec City
LEAF Certification offers accreditation to restaurants demonstrating efforts in environmental and sustainable foodservice practices. Certified restaurants must meet minimum requirements in 10 key areas of sustainability, including energy use; food purchasing and menu items; supplies; building and location; furnishing and decorative items; chemicals; waste and recycling; employees; policy and innovation; and water use. In the coming weeks, LEAF’s version-4.0 criteria will be released, which will place greater emphasis on single-use disposable plastics and food waste.