GUARANTEED GREEN: 2. Getting Certified


Guaranteed Green recognition may be attained by going through either the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) or Green Seal, two independent, national non-profits that have created comprehensive environmental standards for the foodservice industry.

To help you decide which agency, use the following fact sheets, descriptions of certification standards and our own comparison sheet.

Green Seal certification benefits can be found here.

Green Restaurant Association certification can be found here.



Over a period of about three months, the Next Bites Sustainability Assistance Program (SAP) gives you free, one-on-one guidance to prepare your business for a GRA and or Green Seal certification.

Read more about the Sustainability Assistance Program here.


“When [Next Bites] rolled out their Guaranteed Green Program, Uncommon Ground was compelled to participate and certify with the Green Restaurant Association. It was an incredibly educational and challenging process and we implemented many steps to eventually certify both of our locations as 4-star Green Restaurants.

This required some investment, but as a result we have saved thousands of dollars in paper goods and energy expenses, have found access to many more local products and created a much healthier environment for our staff and guests.”

-Helen Cameron, Co-Owner, Uncommon Ground


Next Bites recognizes both the GRA 4.0 certification standards and the Green Seal GS-55 Certification Standard as effective means to certify that a restaurant has made significant, quantifiable steps to make its operations more environmentally friendly. We do NOT favor or endorse one program over the other. A restaurant that achieves either certification will be recognized as “Guaranteed Green.”

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