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Root Down, one of the newest dining options at Denver International Airport, is the first restaurant at the airport to become a certified green business by Certifiably Green Denver.

Certifiably Green Denver, administered by Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that helps businesses assess their environmental impacts while providing a no-cost Sustainability Advisor to help them identify opportunities that will improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental impacts.

In order to qualify for certification under the program, businesses must meet a variety of criteria in the following areas: business management, energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management and transportation. Root Down qualified for certification in part by installing energy efficient lighting where possible, purchasing energy efficient equipment, conserving water using low-flow fixtures, sourcing foods locally when available, purchasing recyclable or compostable to-go containers, recycling waste, and composting.

“We are so very happy to welcome Root Down DIA to the 116 certified businesses in the City and County of Denver that have implemented sustainable business practices and serve their community,” said Janet Burgesser, program manager for Certifiably Green Denver. “We hope that the other restaurateurs at DIA will follow the leadership that Root Down DIA has demonstrated.”

Denver restaurateur Justin Cucci partnered with DIA concessionaire Rod Tafoya of Mission Yogurt, Inc. to open Root Down in September 2013, bringing award-winning food and a progressive design aesthetic to Concourse C. Root Down utilizes local growers and sustainable meats and fish, and operates with a field-to-fork mentality.

“We’re proud to have been awarded this distinction at Root Down,” said Rod Tafoya, president of Mission Yogurt, Inc. “Sustainability is one of our core values, and we work hard every day to find ways in which to increase it across all of our operations at DIA.”

In April, Root Down became the first restaurant located in a concourse area at DIA to participate in the airport’s comprehensive composting program. In the first month of the program, the restaurant has composted more than 4.8 tons of food waste that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill – which is more than double the amount of compost typically collected throughout the rest of the airport on a monthly basis.

“Denver International Airport continues to invest in sustainability across our operations, and we are proud to partner with companies like Root Down that share our environmental values,” said Scott Morrissey, DIA’s director of environmental services. “We are continuing to work with all of our shops and restaurants to find ways to reduce the amount of solid waste sent to landfills, to increase recycling and conserve water and electricity wherever possible.”

About Certifiably Green Denver
Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. The program helps businesses find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention.
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