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These 60 San Francisco Restaurants Are Going Carbon Neutral

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In our day to day lives, we all want to reduce carbon emissions and lower our carbon footprint. Whether you want to switch from your car to a bike for your daily commute, use a stainless steel water bottle, or do meatless Monday, each little change adds up. Of course, that's all about the individual level. But businesses are getting into the game, too.

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For example, just this week, a group of roughly 60 restaurants in San Francisco is going climate neutral. It's called the ZeroFoodPrint and it's a partnership with the Global Climate Action Summit and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

Anthony Myint, the co-founder of ZeroFoodPrint, says “we’re taking this opportunity, with the summit, to really try and rally a lot of excitement about restaurants that are carbon neutral."

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As Eater puts it, the ZeroFoodPrint is a system of carbon neutrality that's a mixture between Fair Trade coffee certification and Leed certification.

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How does this all work? To begin with, restaurants take a survey about their energy use and ingredients. 3Degrees, the firm, makes their assessment, and the ZeroFoodPrint project helps restaurants figure out a per cover donation cost to offset their emissions for the week. This is usually 10 or 25 cents per cover. 

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Restaurants can also skip the assessment portion and simply do 50 cents per cover. Where does this money go? To a climate Action Reserve and a climate beneficial ranching project in Marin. 

But Myint isn't trying to force again to go all the way meat-free or change their entire business model. “Let’s say you’re a burger shop — I don’t think it makes sense to become a tofu shop or a raw vegan shop,” he says. “But it totally makes sense to send 10 cents per burger to improve ranching processes.”

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