Written by Carly Heltzel for Mustang News, June 7, 2024

 All eight of Vista Grande’s second-floor restaurants earned Certified Green Restaurants status from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) last month, according to Campus Dining. 

The restaurants received recognition for meeting stringent environmental standards across multiple categories and for showing a commitment to sustainable practices.

The GRA evaluates food service operations every three years on several criteria: energy, water, waste, reusables and disposables, chemicals, food and building and equipment, Sustainability Coordinator Kaitlin Gibbons wrote in an email to Mustang News. Points are awarded in each of these categories, creating a comprehensive assessment of a venue’s sustainability efforts.