Darden's Citizenship Commitment: Planet

Darden's Citizenship Commitment: Planet

Conserving and Preserving Resources 
A core part of citizenship at Darden is our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our physical footprint – which includes our more than 1,500 restaurants, 10 distribution centers and our corporate headquarters. To help drive performance, in 2009 we established a set of targets to reduce per-restaurant energy and water use by 15% by 2015, and work toward sending zero waste to landfill over time.
We have already exceeded both our water and energy use goals by reducing per restaurant water use by 22.5% and per restaurant energy use by 17%. A broad range of initiatives – from retrofitting lighting with more efficient bulbs and implementing new energy management systems to deploying water-saving cooking technologies and installing irrigation optimization systems – have enabled us to reach these goals. At the same time, we know there is more work to be done – and we’re committed to doing just that.
Sustainability Goal Progress 2016

To learn more about the progress we have made on our sustainability goals download the FY 2015 Sustainability Goal Progress data sheet.

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Content from this campaign

#DardenDigest: Carpet Made From Carpet
Have you ever noticed those carpet tiles at a restaurant or at your office? Over the last few years, Darden has been using this emerging product innovation to reduce waste and increase the use of recycled materials.  Since we serve over one million meals a day, there are a lot of feet on our floors. This means we have to replace the carpet in our restaurants every three to five years. Carpet...
Mar 24, 2014 10:55 AM ET
#DardenDigest: Can a Restaurant Company Eliminate Food Waste?
Darden has an ambitious goal of one day sending zero waste to landfills. From cooking oils to cardboard to other materials, we are striving to find solutions to divert various waste streams coming from our restaurants away from landfills through recycling efforts. As a restaurant company, we have a unique challenge with food waste and are always exploring ways to reduce or recycle it. ...
Mar 18, 2014 11:10 AM ET
#DardenDigest: Go Green, Go Community
Darden’s green commitment lives with our people and you’ll find some of the best examples in our Sustainability Teams. These groups of self-selected employees are found in our Restaurant Support Center and restaurants across the country, leading everyday sustainability efforts and encouraging coworkers to be good stewards of the environment. One of our passionate leaders, Trisha Weeks from...
Feb 27, 2014 10:30 AM ET
#DardenDigest: Water Wranglers: How Florida Ranchers are Rounding Up Water
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Feb 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET
Darden Digest: Under One Roof
Just over four years ago, the 1,300 men and women who support all our North American restaurants were located in 12 separate buildings spread over a two-mile radius in Orlando, Fla. Collaboration had to occur over the phone, or employees needed to walk or drive from building to building. In 2009, after a three-year planning process, all of Darden’s Restaurant Support Center (RSC) employees...
Nov 4, 2013 4:15 PM ET