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The Castle becomes a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®

Charlottesville, VA – The Castle was recently certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. The Castle received 201.93 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and implemented 43 environmental steps.

Highlights of Green Accomplishments:

· By Not Offering Bottled Water, we do not contribute to the 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles that end up in landfills each year.

· 100% of our lights are LEDs, which use up to 90% less energy, last longer, contain no mercury, and emit fewer greenhouse gases than incandescent bulbs.

· Recycling Plastics, Glass, Aluminum, Cardboard, Paper, and Kitchen Scraps can keep up to 90% of our waste out of landfills.

· Each of our High-Efficiency Handwashing Aerators save enough water to fill over 3½ swimming pools each year.

To see The Castle's detailed Green Label and all their environmental steps, click on:

About The Castle

The Castle was created by UVA Dining with Aramark in response to increasing student demand for plant-based foods at UVA. The café features build your own salads, grain bowls and paninis. All materials in The Castle are compostable and payment is via kiosk, eliminating the need for cash. The space is designed to encourage mindful eating with a plant wall, no TV screens and a mindful reading library. Take a virtual tour by viewing this feature created by WUVA news in coordination with UVA Dining and Aramark.

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. Since 1990, 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

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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