eighty3 achieves project green fork certification

Certified Project Green ForkDowntown Memphis restaurant eighty3 was recently awarded certification by Memphis-based Project Green Fork for its efforts to reduce environmental impacts and contribute to a sustainable Mid-South.

Restaurants striving to achieve Project Green Fork certification must prove a commitment to utilizing environmentally sound products and practices, specifically outlined in six criteria: sustainable products, recycling, kitchen composting, non-toxic cleaning products, pollution prevention and reduced energy and water consumption.

eighty3 was applauded by PGF for its use of compostable, biodegradable and recyclable products, as well as for its recycling program, which collects and recycles glass, aluminum cans, newspapers, office papers and acceptable plastic containers. The restaurant was commended for its grease removal process and kitchen composting practices, in addition to management's commitment to reduce energy and water consumption through programmable thermostats, occupancy lighting sensors, Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs and aggressive maintenance of leaky faucets and pipes. eighty3's use of organic, locally produced foods, when possible, sealed the deal for the certification.

"We are proud that eighty3 is now Project Green Fork certified," said Cedric Hodo, food and beverage manager of eighty3.  Restaurants have a very practical opportunity to make a large impact on the environmental sustainability of our planet because of the large amount of use, consumption and waste involved in food and beverage operations. We are committed to incorporating the simple practices recognized through this certification process so that eighty3 will have a positive impact on environmental sustainability."

eighty3 is located at 83 Madison Ave. The restaurant is open seven days a week during lunch and dinner hours with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about eighty3, or to make a reservation, please call 901-333-1224 or visit www.eighty3memphis.com.