The Green Dining Alliance is excited to announce the first-ever “Green Dining District” – a special business district or designated community in which 25% or more of all independently-owned dining establishments are GDA-certified. Maplewood’s Special Business District (SBD), on Manchester spanning from Southwest Avenue to Sutton Boulevard, is now the nation’s first green dining destination.
Rachelle L’Ecuyer, the Manager of the Maplewood Special Business District, is the GDA’s community champion. Through her work, the GDA was able to partner with the City of Maplewood SBD, which is subsidizing its restaurants’ GDA membership fees, helping to encourage more restaurants to join the greening effort.
So far, eight restaurants are already participating and more are projected to join through the summer and fall. St. Louisans can choose Maplewood with sustainable dining in mind, and explore a whole new form of local, eco-tourism.
Maplewood is already a destination for dining, shopping, and artisan goods like Kakao Chocolate. Now, Maplewood also prides itself in being this first district to commit to restaurant sustainability on a community-level scale. The Special Business District intends to see the majority join the GDA by the end of 2014.
Check out these GDA establishments* the next time you cruise down Route 66:Foundation
*some members fully certified, some pending certification
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