bb Bistro LLC
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112A Annapolis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Central Maryland
410-990-4646
www.bbbistroannapolis.com
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We buy local. We grow our own vegetables and herbs. We compost and recycle. We produce one can of garbage per WEEK.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: Owner & Staff, Continuously working toward improving our environmental procedures in the restaurant
bulletSet Annual Goals: We are working toward improving our energy-efficiency in our building by replacing outdated appliances and fixtures.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We buy within 100-mile radius of the restaurant. We buy bird-friendly, rain-forest alliance and fair trade coffee from Ceremony Coffee Roastery here in Annapolis. We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and recycled products whenever possible: vintage dishes, furniture, etc.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: We have acted as consultant to other restaurants in the area to educate them on greener kitched practices. We have spoken at several community/city seminars about being an environmental steward in our community.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments - (cream and sugar, etc.) in bulk
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse Maryland Green Travel logo or other emblem to indicate organic, local or sustainable menu choices
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletUse refillable pens and toner cartridges
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Retail
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
bulletSell sustainable, organic or local products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse Organic Farming Principals
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Recycling
We provide recycling bins for all paper, plastic, glass and cardboard. We also recycle our cooking oil.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletOther: Corks, Egg Cartons, Waxed Vegetable Boxes
bulletWe use our farmers and the city resources
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe save all our fruit & vegetable cuttings from the kitchen and feed them to the chickens that give us our eggs.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletaerators on faucets (0.5 gpm or less for lavatory and 2.2 gpm or less for kitchen faucets)
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
Kitchen
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletImplemented a startup / shutdown procedure which specifies timing for lighting, kitchen equipment, room temperature, etc.
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave a centrally controlled HVAC system that is activated only when occupied
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
Energy Efficiency:
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
bulletPurchase Green Power from utility
Recycle Grease
We use the following best management practices:
bulletStore the grease and have it picked up by a rendering company
Our grease recycling vendor is:
bulletValley Protein, Baltimore, MD
Minimize Disposable Food Service Items
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse disposable foodservice items made with recycled content
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse double-sided printing and copying
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-We carpool, use hybrid vehicle, walk to make deliveries and pick-ups instead of driving
Other:
bulletAwards:Environmental Steward - City of Annapolis Note: Story on FOX45 News about our green efforts.
Measurable Results
Purchasing 100% of their electricity through the “green power” program supporting wind and solar. Collecting all grease for biofuels – shipping off more than 500 pounds worth this year. Recycling/composting approximately 75% of all wastes. Here are projections for this year: 1) recycle 2.15 tons, 2) compost 2.3 tons, 3) trash 1.55 tons, 4) Landfill diverted for the year = 4.45 tons!