Project Green Fork (PGF) is an independent sustainability certification for local restaurants in Memphis, TN. The 6-Step certification ensures the establishment will: use green products, recycle and compost all recognized products, reduce the use of toxic cleaners, conserve energy and water, properly maintain grease traps, and reduce pollution in and around participating restaurants. The Project supports a clean environment, and a healthy, integrated community. Since 2008, PGF has certified over 70 restaurants that have collectively recycled over 4,000,000 lbs. of plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and paper, and over 200,000 gallons of food waste. By diverting waste from landfills and other urban or natural areas, PGF members protect ecosystems from the harmful effects of plastic, aluminum, and other waste.
PGF employees maintain close relationships with the staff of certified restaurants to strengthen the community. PGF participates in local festivals and events, to engage the community in conversations about environmental advocacy and protection. PGF educates individuals on the importance of recycling, composting, minimizing fossil fuel and water usage, and using clean products. PGF suggests practical forms of action, providing locals with a list of products the City of Memphis recycles, and a list of recycling dropoff centers around the city. PGF works closely with Clean Memphis to organize clean up projects and environmental education programs in Shelby County.
The goal of Project Green Fork is to bring the community together to live in a more sustainable manner. By diverting waste, Project Green Fork protects the watershed and decreases air pollution from methanereleasing landfills. Project Green Fork facilitates the conservation of nonrenewable resources by encouraging certified restaurants to reduce energy and water usage.
Get more information at http://www.projectgreenfork.org/