Green Seal Inc.'s Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services, GS-46, was approved on Sept. 9 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is the first Green Seal specification to be approved as an American national standard.

GS-46 is based on real data on the environmental impacts of restaurants and foodservice operators that include the effects of food, energy and water use and supplies. The standard offers a framework to guide operations on how to reduce their environmental impact to achieve Green Seal certification. GS-46, first published in May, was developed with input from stakeholders that include industry trade groups, operators, suppliers, academics and environmental and health organizations.

Green Seal Inc. is a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., that identifies consumer and institutional products and services that protect the environment and human health. ANSI is a private nonprofit organization that aims to enhance U.S. global competitiveness by promoting voluntary standardization.
Restaurants participating in Share Our Strength's 2009 Great American Dine Out could win a behind-the-scenes tour of Food Network studios and kitchen in New York City. Participating restaurants must send the money they have raised by Nov. 20 to be eligible. One multi-unit operator, one franchisee and one independent operator will win. The prize includes the tour; lunch with the executives from Food Network, National Restaurant Association and Share Our Strength; airfare; hotel; and transfers. To register, click here.

The Great American Dine Out is a week-long, nationwide event in which participating restaurants donate a portion of proceeds to help end childhood hunger in America. The event, which takes place Sept. 20 to 26, is a flexible program, meaning operators can decide how they want to implement and promote it.