Sometimes it is easy being green. Uncommon Ground on Devon was just awarded with the title of the Greenest Restaurant in the U.S. by the Green Restaurant Association. What spot came in second? Uncommon Ground's Lakeview location near Wrigley Field. The restaurants took the top honors out of hundreds of restaurants across the country recognized by the GRA.
Uncommon Ground had to pass a number of requirements to achieve the title, but according to the GRA, it passed 116 environmental steps earning it a four-star rating, 365 green points and taking the No. 1 spot in seven categories. Owners Michael and Helen Cameron were recognized for their use of solar panels and reclaimed wood, building the nation's first organic rooftop farm, turning used fryer oil into biodiesel fuel and so much more.
In a statement posted on the restaurant's homepage, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "I’m proud to have in our City of Chicago the Greenest Restaurant in the Country. 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.
· Uncommon Ground is the Greenest Restaurant in the United States [Chicagoist]