Sustainability Assistance Program

The Sustainability Assistance Program (SAP) is a three-month educational program designed to help your business a) incorporate sustainable practices into your foodservice operations and b) ultimately become prepared to qualify for the Guaranteed Green Certification. It covers energy and water conservation, environmental third-party certifications, sustainable and humane food options, environmental labeling, and other sustainability related issues.

Your business is paired with a GCRC assistant who will provide the following services:

  • Assess your operations’ current practice
  • Assist operators in achieving predefined goals.
  • Design a sustainability plan



The SAP helps foodservice industry members make well-informed, conservation-minded choices.

Next Bites has built a network of more than 200 foodservice locations and 25+ suppliers of green products and services.

SAP participants give back to their communities by offering environmentally responsible dining options and contributing to resource conservation in their areas.

Foodservice operations that earn third-party certifications take measures to reduce energy consumption, natural resource and water use, and waste output, which minimizes their environmental footprint and helps make a cleaner, healthier planet.


Results & Recognition:

This program has directly resulted in the increased sustainability of more than 35 foodservice operations in the Chicago area. The SEP has also developed successful partnerships with much larger and more experienced firms, including Green Seal, Chicago Department of Aviation and the Shedd Aquarium.

  • The Chicago Department of Aviation: Next Bites has collaborated with the CDA on a Sustainable Airports project since 2013, involving concessionaire tenants at both O’Hare and Midway airports.

  • John C. Shedd Aquarium: Over the past three years, our partnership with the Shedd and their Right Bite program has educated restaurateurs, chefs and other foodservice operators, and the public about sustainable seafood options.



Next Bites is working on a Restaurant Resources Kit that will provide a directory of Guaranteed Green foodservice businesses. It will be used when making recommendations during the SAP.