Published 24 November 2010 (Food Business Review)
Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF), a third-party certification program for restaurants and foodservice facilities that meet and adhere to strict environmental criteria, has awarded the certification of first green restaurant in Toronto to Cowbell, a progressive restaurant recognized for its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.
Cowbell underwent a LEAF evaluation that rated its environmental performance in areas such as energy, waste and water usage; food purchasing and preparation, and building supplies and furnishings, to attain a LEAF Level 2 certification.
Cowbell owner Mark Cutrara said that they are honoured to be the first restaurant in Toronto to receive LEAF certification, as it is a testament to their dedication to sustainability, as referenced through their locally sourced food choices and day-to-day business operations.
LEAF reviews hundreds of items pertaining to a restaurant’s operations to determine if the establishment meets the criteria to attain a level one, two or three certification, with level three being the highest certification available.
Consumers can recognize LEAF-certified restaurants by the blue or green LEAF decal indicating the level of certification.