""New York, NY, Sept 20, 2011– At Pizza by Certe’ guests now can get satisfying pizzas with a sustainable twist: Pizza by Cer te’was recently designated a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization specializing in helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. Receiving 206.35 points on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented a whopping 76 steps, Pizza by Certe’ has gone over 100% above and beyond the requirements necessary for Certification.

We are aware that there is a growing need for restaurants to be conscious of their environmental impact now, more than ever before,said Chef Edward Sylvia.Now, when customers see the accredited Certified Green Restaurant® seal in the window, they’ll know we are committed to helping the environment in every way possible.  However, don’t mistake the reason why you are here… it’s great pizza.”

In accordance to the GRA’s Certification guidelines, 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® must meet a minimum of 175 points in six of seven key environmental categories. Pizza by Certe’ is one of only 16 restaurants in New York to have achieved this distinction. To achieve this distinction, Pizza by Certe’ completed an extensive 76 steps, including:

  • Implementing a full-scale recycling and composting program, becoming a Near Zero Waste restaurant
  • Constructing their wall coverings, ceiling panels, countertops, and cabinets from recycled and rapidly renewable materials
  • Purchasing 39% of their monthly foods from vegan sources, and committing to sourcing from local food populations
  • Using low-flow faucets and spray valves on their hand washing and prep sinks, which save thousands of gallons of water and significant energy

For more information about the GRA’s Certification program, visit www.dinegreen.com.


About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. For two decades, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner.  The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC and Environmental Defense, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association, and America Public Garden Association. The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, Citysearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit


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