The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar has renewed its Travel Green Wisconsin certification and has received 73 points. After completing the construction of their new building, the restaurant has gained 12 additional points for the sustainable initiatives completed with the new building as well as the sustainable business practices implemented. The Cookery was first certified by Travel Green Wisconsin in 2008 with 61 points.
“We made a conscious effort throughout the building process to make sustainable choices,” says Courtney Holdmann Skare, General Manager at the restaurant.
Reclaimed hardwood flooring, energy star equipment, a highly efficient HVAC system, low VOC paint and recycled products such as a host stand made from recycled sunflower seeds are a few sustainable initiatives put into place in the new restaurant. Additional points were gained by the restaurant for their ongoing effort to initiate sustainable practices in the business.
To achieve certification, applicants must earn a minimum of 30 points from a checklist of basic requirements covering a wide range of “green” practices, including: waste reduction, reuse and recycling; energy efficiency, water conservation and wastewater management; air quality; wildlife and landscaping considerations; transportation; purchasing; and local community benefits. The Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, an independent third party, then certifies Travel Green Wisconsin applicants.
For more information about Travel Green Wisconsin, a partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, visit www.travelgreenwisconsin.com. For more information about The Cookery, visit www.cookeryfishcreek.com.