The latest achievement for the Saint Paul, Minn., property is the result of meeting Green Restaurant Association requirements, including reducing chemicals, offering sustainable foods and furnishings, recycling, and more.
As part of an effort toward sustainability at Town & Country Club, the Saint Paul, Minn., property’s clubhouse has met requirements of Green Restaurant 4.0, making it a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant.
General Manager/COO Vincent Tracy, CCM, CCE, led the club toward the goal, noting that no country club had earned the certification through the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). C&RB covered the club’s goals in 2013: “Don’t Get Mad…Get Green.”
Certification is granted by the GRA based on points earned in seven categories: chemical and pollution reduction; disposables; energy; sustainable food; sustainable furnishings and building materials; waste reduction and recycling; and water efficiency. In the case of Town & Country Club (and any club), credits toward qualifying as a certified-green “restaurant” can come not only from all aspects of dining and foodservice, but from other parts of the property and operation as well, which only adds to the opportunity to pile up needed points.
In the certification report issued by the GRA, the club earned a combined 176.69 points in all categories. In order to maintain the certification, the club must maintain its high standards throughout the year, allowing the GRA to request invoices at any time for a “spot check.” Due to the club’s high score, no additional new steps must be taken this year.