Rosenthal has also initiated a long list of greening efforts that stretch beyond the Co-op. All seven of his restaurants have passed the test to become certified green by the Coop, and he plans to certify an eigth restaurant to open this year. Last year on Earth Day, he introduced the city’s first Zap solar-electric powered delivery van for his Soprafina Marketcaffes.
After finishing the restaurant topic of his Green Talk, Rosenthal spoke about some very exciting news that could really bring change to Chicago. Last year, Rosenthal started a new venture called Chicago Composts LLC and submitted a proposal to the Chicago Department of Environment in hopes of receiving a grant of up to $100,000. The large-scale proposal plans to use food waste from area restaurants and commercial food producers to produce and sell high-end compost suitable for use in food production. Rosenthal stated that this food waste composting facility is slated to open by the end of the year and will be the largest of its kind in the nation!