George Mason University

News at Mason

Two Mason Dining Venues Named Virginia Green Restaurants

January 23, 2012

The following information was provided by Auxiliary Enterprises


Ram Nabar, resident dining manager, displays the Virginia Green Restaurant certificate for Southside. Photo courtesy of Auxiliary Services.

Southside and Pilot House on the Fairfax Campus are now a part of Virginia Green Restaurants, a statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia’s tourism industry. The program is operated as a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association.

To be a Virginia Green Restaurant, a facility must submit a detailed application explaining how they meet or exceed a set of “green activities” guidelines. Restaurants are then evaluated on how they minimize the use of disposable food service products, recycle grease, recycle and reduce waste, use water efficiently and conserve energy.

“We are very excited to have been accepted into the Virginia Green Restaurants program,” says Peter Schoebel, Mason’s executive chef. “We’re taking on these green projects for the future of our natural resources, ecology and campus.”

“Mason Dining is involved in many exciting sustainability projects, and joining Virginia Green is a demonstration of our commitment,” says Dan Waxman, assistant to the executive director of retail operations in Auxiliary Enterprises. Mason Dining is an area in AE Green, the umbrella sustainability program for Auxiliary Enterprises.

To view a searchable list of Virginia Green Restaurants, visit the website.