ALPHARETTA, Ga. – It’s not easy being Green. It can be an expensive and time-consuming effort. But for those businesses that pursue it, they claim customers appreciate the effort both with their attention and their dollars.
The same is true for the Ted’s Montana Grill restaurant located at Avalon in Alpharetta. They just became the first Ted’s location certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold, the second highest standard in green businesses.
LEED is a national green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
For Ted’s Montana Grill, this included pre-planning the basics of the restaurant. From there, the guidelines are strict.
“The materials we procured from within a 500-mile radius, the marble in the building came from Tate, Georgia, most of the wood is procured from Tennessee,” said Jeff Hormel, proprietor at the Avalon location. “[We have] waterless urinals that save 40,000 gallons of water a year, used grease is used for biodiesel fuel, LED lighting is throughout the restaurant and we have an alternative transportation plan for our team members.”
This includes carpooling options as well as a deal with a local bicycle shop for discounted parts and services for those who ride their bikes to work.
The ultimate goal, Hormel said, is increased sustainability.
“Our guests experience our sustainability efforts from the moment they walk into the restaurant. It’s the recycled coasters, the paper straws, the recycled paper table covers, the cups are made out of corn starch, the list goes on. Our guests notice it and it keeps them coming back. It’s the right thing for our guests, our people and our planet,” he said. “It goes far beyond just that, though. We make environmental considerations a priority in every decision we make.”
Ted’s Montana Grill as a company is widely known for its sustainability practices and green thinking. It is credited with helping keep the American bison from extinction by creating a market for its meat. In 2014, Hormel said the company saved more than 1.9 million gallons of water, saved 350 tons of recyclables and 18,000 gallons of grease were converted into bio-diesel.
“Ted’s was founded on the basis of acting responsibly and making environmental considerations a priority,” said George McKerrow, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ted’s Montana Grill. “Working to attain LEED Gold certification is part of our commitment to sustainability. We are proud to have this achievement in the Alpharetta community.”
For more information visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com.