2009 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Fast Food Restaurants and
Earth Day Events
2009, vol. 73
Happy Earth Day! Welcome to the April 2009 newsletter
from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this
Quote of the Month: "Take care of the earth and she will
take care of you."
Lisa A. Swan
Fast Food Restaurants
What do you do when you've forgotton your healthy
snacks and your only option is...nothing but fast food
joints? Do you give up and go eat the greasiest, cheapest
burger and fries and then throw away a bag full of garbage?
Your excuses to indulge in unhealthy and unsustainable
fare are dwindling. These days, there's lots of diet-friendly
options at most fast food purveyors, and they are also
making strides towards being healthier for the planet
too (some more so than others, so read on).
Consult Greenopia's newly released Fast Food Ratings
Guide to find out which of your fave quick-stop meal
joints have the lowest impact. We've rated which fast
food restaurants are making strides to be more sustainable,
considering back-end practices, packaging, and transportation
and we've noted the number of veggie and vegan choices
and typical meal calorie ranges for each chain too.
According to the guide, when faced with a growling
belly, your best bet is to go with a smaller chain whenever
possible, like: Pizza Fusion, Burgerville (39 locations
in the Pacific Northwest), Le Pain Quotidien (30 national
locations) or Evos; each earned between a 3 and 4 leaf
rating for initiatives like serving local and/or organic
foods, offering biodegradable cutlery, choosing green
buildings for new restaurants, or offsetting with wind
Food Ratings Guide
Article © Starre Vartan, Greenopia Picture © Greenopia
on "Green Fast Food Restaurants" on Lisa's Blog.
on May 30: Building Green
Building Green: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Join Design Forward's Lisa Swan in Glendale on May 30,
2009 for a Building Green seminar for home owners.
Class Description: Whether you are interested in a new
house, remodeling your existing home, or just adding
a few sustainable features, this innovative class will
give you an in depth review of green building and sustainable
architecture. Learn about solar and wind energy, wall
systems such as straw bale, insulated concrete forms
and foam insulation, natural and recycled materials,
efficient windows and appliances, and more. Also learn
how you can save money through State and local rebates.
Reference Class: SI011
Instructor: Lisa Swan is the owner of Design Forward,
a residential design firm, specializing in sustainable
and green projects. She is an Honors' graduate of the
Illinois Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of
Architecture and has an MBA from Norwich University.
Date & Time: May 30, 2009 9:30am - 12:30am
Cost: $35, plus $10 materials fee is payable to the
instructor in class.
Location: Glendale, CA - Garfield Campus of the Glendale
Register Begins March 1, 2009: http://www.glendale.edu/cse
on this article on Lisa's Blog
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