Lea Stewart

How Dan Rosenthal is Greening Chicago's Restaurant Industry

by , 01/25/10

sustainable design, green design, dan rosenthal, green chicago restaurant co-op, sustainable food industry practices, united states largest composting plant, waste reduction, food waste composting

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!

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  1. klovefourtyseven August 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I am presently in the green business and would like to join your organization and sit in on your meetings. Please go to grenchoicevendors.com Iam also a public access producer and would like to help with your “saving the enviroment efforts”.

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