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Abel Valencia
District Marketing Manager - UH Dining Services

Cougar Woods Named Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant

Cougar Woods Named Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant

Houston, May 11, 2018 — Cougar Woods Dining Commons was recently named a Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable.

Cougar Woods Dining Commons received 156.32 GreenPoints on the GRA's rigorous certification scale and implemented 65 environmental steps.

Highlights of Green Accomplishments:

  • Over 40 percent of the main dishes at Cougar Woods are vegetarian or vegan, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with the food.
  • Its Energy Star oven and refrigerator use 40 percent less water and energy than conventional models.
  • Cougar Woods Named Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant
  • By not offering bottled water, Cougar Woods does not contribute to the 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles that end up in landfills each year.
  • Recycling plastics, glass, aluminum, cardboard and paper can keep up to 50 percent of waste out of landfills.
  • Cougar Woods is Styrofoam free, which keeps harmful chemicals and litter out of the environment.
  • By offering reusable glasses, plates and utensils, Cougar Woods significantly decreases the amount of waste that is produced.

To see Cougar Woods Dining Commons' detailed Green Label and all of its environmental steps, click here.

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About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. For 25 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit