Pita Pit Becomes First Green Certified Restaurant in Indiana

With the help of the Green Restaurant Association, the Pita Pit in Indianapolis has completed its 2 Star Certification making it the first Certified Green Restaurant in Indiana.

Indianapolis, IN, March 01, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Pita Pit, a multi-unit concept with locations throughout the United States and Canada, is proud to add another location to their list of Certified Green Restaurant® locations: Pita Pit’s Indianapolis eatery is now a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. The restaurant began working with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) in September to earn Certification, which was recently awarded. The GRA is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable through their Certification program and consulting services.

“We’re aware of the growing need for restaurants to reduce their environmental impact," says owner Travis Sealls. “Now, when customers see the Certified Green Restaurant® seal in the window, they’ll know we’re doing our part and that we’ve gone through a credible, transparent program. This shows the level of our commitment."

In accordance to the GRA’s Certification guidelines, 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants® must meet a minimum of 100 points within their program. Pita Pit’s utensils and to-go containers are compostable materials, and all of their deliveries are made by foot or bicycle! Some of the other steps they’ve earned points for include:

Installing energy efficient lighting, significantly reducing their energy consumption
Full-scale recycling program
Napkins made from 100% processed chlorine-free recycled paper, 90% post-consumer waste
Using low-flow faucets in their kitchens, which are 75% more efficient than conventional options and help conserve water

….and more.

"Pita Pit has made great strides toward becoming more environmentally sustainable, and we commend them for their commitment to these initiatives," says Michael Oshman, Executive Director of the Green Restaurant Association. “We look forward to helping them make more changes in years to come.”

For more information about the GRA’s Certification program, visit www.dinegreen.com.

About the Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is the only official certifier of Green Restaurants® in the country. The national non-profit organization was founded in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. For 20 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and currently works with over 650 restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a transparent and turnkey Certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to profit and become more environmentally sustainable. As the industry standard for Greening restaurants, the GRA has the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the foodservice industry. In 2009, the New York State Restaurant Association announced its official endorsement of the GRA, joining EPA Energy Star for Small Business, Environmental Defense Fund, and several other national environmental groups. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Green Restaurant Association
Adam Palmer