Uncommon for One Restaurant to Claim Top Spots

December 17, 2011

The two greenest restaurants in the country are right here in Chicago real estate.

Uncommon Ground is an independently owned and operated Chicago restaurant that produces no waste, powers its vehicle with used fryer oil, harnesses the sun to heat water, uses local and sustainable products, and created the first Certified Organic Rooftop Farm in the nation.

The eatery has two locations: The one on Devon in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, which has been open for four years, has been named the “Greenest Restaurant in the Country” by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).

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Uncommon Ground's Organic Rooftop

The restaurant’s Lakeview location on Clark, which has been around for 20 years, came in as the second greenest restaurant in America.

“I’m proud to have in our City of Chicago the Greenest Restaurant in the Country,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. “Uncommon Ground is a great example of what our city can do and what our country can do, use water and energy more efficiently, grow more sustainable food, while boasting the world’s most sustainable businesses.”

Each Certified Green Restaurant goes through a thorough process of certification to meet the GRA’s rigorous environmental standards. Uncommon Ground owners Michael and Helen Cameron took 116 environmental steps to become a 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant in 2011.

“We are proud to raise the bar and now be the Greenest Restaurants in the country,” said Helen. “We truly care about operating a Certified Green Restaurant and we challenge restaurants around the U.S. to exceed our record of environmental accomplishments. As an industry we have the potential to make a huge difference in taking better care of our planet — and ourselves.”

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