Carvers Café at Mount Rushmore National Memorial Named 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant; Only Restaurant in South Dakota to Achieve Designation

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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D., December 10, 2013 – Carvers Café at Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been recognized for its distinctive sustainability initiatives by achieving the 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant designation from the Green Restaurant Association.

The only restaurant to achieve the designation in the state of South Dakota, the 300-seat Carvers Café has implemented several successful sustainability programs. For example, the restaurant grows its own vegetables in a Keystone, S.D. garden maintained by employees and serves them in the employee dining room as well as the restaurant, purchases ingredients from local and sustainable sources, and has dramatically reduced its energy needs by changing to LED lighting, installing low-flow water faucets and implementing recycling and composting programs.

“It is exciting to see our sustainability efforts pay off by earning this recognition,” said Lloyd Shelton, food and beverage manager for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial concessioner. “Although we’re thrilled to be the only restaurant in the state to be able to display the 3 Star Green Restaurant Certification, we recognize that sustainability is a road, not a destination. We are continually seeking new and innovative ways to reduce our impact on this beautiful place.”

Awarded by the Green Restaurant Association, restaurants achieving the 3-Star Green Restaurant Certification must earn points in a variety of categories including water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials, sustainable food, energy, disposables and chemical and pollution reduction.

To receive this certification, dining facilities must score 100 points. The Carvers Café received 216.61 points. Certified restaurants mush show continual improvement and receive additional points each year to maintain their status.

Earlier this year, Carvers Café demonstrated its innovative approach to green operations in a particularly fun way by using an ice cream recipe developed by Thomas Jefferson and developing “TJ’s Ice Cream,” using locally sourced ingredients.

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