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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: November 30, 2011
CONTACT: Melissa Zych (603) 271-0878

Margarita Grill Achieves Environmental Champion Status

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in partnership with the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association declare Margarita Grill located in Glen, an “Environmental Champion” under the Sustainable Restaurant Program.

Margarita Grill is the first restaurant in the White Mountain Region to achieve Environmental Champion status, the highest level in the program. The owners and staff have formed a “green team” that meets regularly to discuss ways to continuously reduce the restaurant’s impact on the environment. They have made changes to reduce energy consumption such as lighting upgrades and replacing older equipment with more energy efficient models. Water consumption has been reduced by installing low flow devices and locating rain barrels at the front of the building to catch the water from the roof. The rain barrels serve two purposes: stormwater runoff is reduced and the water captured in the barrels is used to water all of the landscaping. Waste is reduced through recycling, purchasing in bulk, eliminating Styrofoam containers and minimizing the use of plastic containers/wares. They use Green Seal Certified cleaners, non-dioxin bleached paper towels and an environmentally sensitive approach to pest management called “integrated pest management” to reduce the amount of chemicals used by the restaurant.

Margarita Grill sets itself apart from the average restaurant in its commitment to purchasing from local farms. Organic produce, dairy and meat are obtained from local farms when available and seafood is purchased in accordance with sustainable seafood guidelines for the Northeast. Buying from local sources not only supports the local economy, it reduces transportation impacts that contribute to air pollution. The owners of Margarita Grill are also committed to giving back to the community. They will be hosting an event in December featuring art and products from local artisans with proceeds benefiting a local charity.

Being declared an Environmental Champion means that lodging and restaurant facilities have made an extra effort to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing waste, energy and water use. It is the highest level of achievement in the Sustainability Program. Over 30 facilities throughout the state have earned this title. For more information about the program, contact Melissa Zych of the DES Pollution Prevention Program at (603)271-0878 or melissa.zych@des.nh.gov. To see the full list of sustainable lodging and restaurant facilities, go to www.nhslrp.org.

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