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New York City Water Challenge to Restaurants

In a February 10, 2015 Press Release, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced that 30 of the city’s restaurants have joined the New York City Water Conservation Challenge. As part of the challenge, each restaurant will work to reduce their annual water consumption by 5 percent and thereby aim to save a total of approximately 3 million gallons of water each year. Restaurants represent a significant opportunity for conservation and financial savings because they consume a fairly significant amount of water and have not been targeted in past conservation efforts.

The program was officially launched with a workshop at the New York State Restaurant Association headquarters in the beginning of December 2014. Restaurateurs met with staff from DEP, energy utility representatives and green hospitality experts to discuss the details of the program. The challenge provides structured resources for participants through which they can:

  • Track and benchmark their water use.
  • Attend four workshops featuring green hospitality experts
  • Develop a Water Conservation Plan, which contains restaurant’s water saving strategies for the year of the challenge.
  • Actively implement Water Conservation Plan over the year of the challenge and beyond.

Workshop Slides

Resources for Restaurants

Press Releases