Organic, eco-friendly pizza franchise receives industry leading certification for environmental business practices

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 30, 2007 – Pizza Fusion (, the leader in the organic restaurant industry and sustainable business practices, was recently recognized by Co-op America for their social and environmental responsibilities as a progressive business leader who’s solving today’s social and environmental problems.

“We’re very happy to be recognized for our environmental efforts by such a credible organization as Co-op America,” Vaughan Lazar, co-founder of Pizza Fusion, explains. “We’re proud of our green business model and hope it influences and educates businesses and individuals alike as we continue our expansion across the U.S. Being environmentally friendly is a learning process. Our eco-friendly approach continues to evolve as we pursue and discover new ways to minimize our eco-footprint.”

Co-op America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the economic power of consumers, investors and businesses to promote social justice and environmental sustainability. Businesses displaying the Co-op America Seal of Approval have successfully completed Co-op America’s screening process and have been approved to be listed as a socially and environmentally responsible – or green- businesses in their National Green Pages™ directory.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Pizza Fusion to the Co-op America community,” Tish Kashani, screening coordinator with Co-op America, explains. “Members of our business network are committed to environmental standards and social justice in all aspects of their operations. Pizza Fusion’s environmental approach is a perfect fit with the strict standards we uphold through our green business programs designed to empower consumers to make changes in their personal life and join together with others in economic action for a better world.”

Pizza Fusion’s environmental efforts include using only eco-friendly cleaners to sanitize their stores, providing eco-apparel, such as organic cotton uniforms, to their employees, using starch based plate ware that decomposes in 45 days, constructing their stores with renewable, recycled and reused products, recycling their wastes and giving their customers discounts for bringing back their pizza boxes to recycle them. Pizza Fusion purchases renewable wind energy certificates to offset 100% of their power consumption at all their stores and corporate office. Even their website is hosted by a ‘Green Web Hosting’ service provider that’s powered by renewable energy. Through their detail oriented environmental approach, Pizza Fusion is ‘Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time.’

About Co-op America

Co-op America is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1982 with the mission to harness economic power-the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-and to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. For additional information, visit:

About Pizza Fusion

Founded by college buddies Michael Gordon and Vaughan Lazar in February of 2006, Pizza Fusion offers an all-natural and organic menu of gourmet pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more. Pizza Fusion addresses the needs of today’s health conscious consumer with concern for both the individual and environment. By promoting the organic movement and practicing an eco-friendly approach in all operations of the company, Pizza Fusion is ‘Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time’. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pizza Fusion is franchising across the United States. For additional information, visit:

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