OTG Management, the hospitality group transforming the airport experience across the country, announced all their JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark locations earned the prestigious Certified Green Restaurant® sustainability certification from the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable since 1990. Throughout one and a half months, OTG worked with the Green Restaurant Association to transform their locations to join the green dining movement.
The 86 locations became Certified Green Restaurants in record time due to OTG’s swift desire to take action on this important change. All 86 locations meet the GRA’s prestigious Certified Green Restaurant standards, having implemented scores of environmental steps spanning the Green Restaurant Association’s seven environmental categories, including energy, water, waste, reusables and disposables, chemicals and pollution, food, and building and furnishing. By initiating daily waste reduction practices, decreasing water usage, and conserving energy, OTG will minimize its environmental footprint and achieve significant cost savings.
“I applaud OTG Management for their quick action to become Certified Green Restaurants,” said Michael Oshman, CEO, and founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “The environmental practices of OTG and their 86 locations are a significant step forward for the restaurant industry and environmental change. They set an example for other locations to follow in their footsteps and show that it’s possible for any location to change their environmental footprint rapidly and simply. In my 32 years of leading the Green Restaurant Association, I don’t think I have seen 86 locations achieve certification so quickly. OTG demonstrates that our world can make big sustainability changes now.”
“At OTG, we believe that every effort (big or small) to be more environmentally conscious in our business builds a better future. Between working with the Green Restaurant Association, partnering with environmentally friendly vendors, and reducing our carbon footprint, we’re able to take the lead in sustainability and continue our commitment to be a part of the solution,” said Rick Blatstein, CEO at OTG.