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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 13, 2011
CONTACT: Melissa Zych (603) 271-0878

Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord, NH Certifies as Environmental Champion

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association’s Sustainability Program (NHSLRP) announce the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord, NH has been certified as an “Environmental Champion,” under a new restaurant certification program.

The NHSLRP has created a new green restaurant certification and The Red Blazer is the first restaurant to certify under that program. The Environmental Champion certification process involves filling out a points-based application that awards points for various environmental initiatives and participation in a site visit to verify those initiatives. To earn this award, The Red Blazer has switched the lighting to energy efficient bulbs; reduced lighting costs by taking advantage of natural light; and installed a program that ensures lighting is not left on unnecessarily. The restaurant buys local products whenever possible; has high efficiency equipment in the kitchen; gives its pre-consumer waste food scraps to an employee that raises pigs; and has contracted for a single stream recycling program. There are areas in the restaurant zoned separately to allow for shut down of heat and air conditioning when not in use and the system allows for utilization of fresh air when the outdoor temperature permits. Perhaps the most unique program in the restaurant is the use of waste cooking oil to heat all of the building’s hot water. The owners and staff are constantly looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact without compromising service to their customers. They even encourage the restaurant clientele to go to www.myenergyplan.net to find ways to reduce energy in their homes.

Sarandis Karathanasis, in addition to being co-owner of The Red Blazer, is also part of the management team for Amenico, a company based out of Pittsfield, that turns waste cooking oil into biomass based renewable diesel fuel. He has been promoting this renewable energy source to restaurants throughout the state. Sarandis will be speaking at a free restaurant workshop in Meredith on April 20th, sharing his ideas and efforts with other restaurateurs throughout the state. There is still limited seating available for this event. If you would like to attend, please email Melissa Zych at melissa.zych@des.nh.gov or call 271-0878.

For additional information on the NH Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program go to: http://www.nhslrp.org/ or contact Michelle Veasey at mveasey@nhlra.com. Information about the NHDES Pollution Prevention Program or the workshop in Meredith can be found at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/ppp/index.htm. For more about The Red Blazer’s sustainability efforts, go to: http://www.theredblazer.com/whatsnew.php

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