December 6 2022  |  Airlines & Airports

OTG earns sustainability certification by Green Restaurant Association

By Jane Hobson

Over the course of six weeks, the association helped OTG become a member of the green dining movement

OTG Management has announced all its locations across JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark have earned the prestigious Certified Green Restaurant® sustainability certification by the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit organization helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable since 1990.

Over the course of six weeks, the association helped OTG become a member of the green dining movement. Spanning three airports and seven terminals, 86 of its restaurants have collectively taken more than 1,000 steps to earn over 9,000 GreenPoints in line with the Green Restoration Association's "rigorous environmental standards. According to the team, the 86 locations became certified in record time due to OTG’s desire to act on this change.

All locations meet the GRA’s prestigious Certified Green Restaurant® standards, having implemented scores of environmental steps across the 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®. 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," says Michael Oshman, CEO & Founder, Green Restaurant Association.

“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,” adds Rick Blatstein, CEO at OTG.

To learn more about the steps each of OTG’s locations are taking, click here.

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