Category: Sustainable Practices

Founding Farmers is GreenSource Case Study for LEED Restaurants

VSAG award-winning LEED Gold restaurant Founding Farmers was recently featured as an in-depth case study by GreenSource magazine, the green building industry’s leading trade journal.    The multi-page article in the September issue highlights the green / LEED requirements through the various design elements and the design process, as executed by Washington, DC based CORE architecture + design. Included are ‘behind the scenes’ insight from CORE Principal Peter F. Hapstak, AIA, IIDA and his team of consultants, which included structural, electrical, HVAC, lighting and LEED specialists to meet the certification requirements.   Greensource covers the sustainable design of commercial buildings and… read more

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VSAG/Founding Farmers Featured in The Consultant

VSAG client Founding Farmers – the first LEED Gold certified full-service upscale-casual restaurant in the U.S., as well as the first LEED-certified restaurant in Washington D.C., was recognized for its outstanding commitment to sustainability, appearing as the cover story for the 2009 bonus edition of The Consultant magazine. Read more for the full article, or click here. Turning Green to Gold It’s only fitting that the first LEED Gold certified full-service, upscale-casual restaurant in the country, which is also the first LEED certified restaurant in the nation’s capital, is owned by a collaborative representing farmers, the North Dakota Farmers Union…. read more

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Yellow+Blue=Green: VSAG Picks Eco Wines

VSAG sends a shout out to Yellow + Blue, the eco-friendly, very tasty, tetra-pak (AMAZING wine in a box!) purveyor and friend of Founding Farmers and Farmers & Fishers restaurants, for their feature in Fast Company this week.   Their interesting white Torrontes, Cafayate, Argentina 2008 and the 2005 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina are two of the restaurant’s top sellers by the glass, and no surprise—they’re delicious, great pairings for many items on the menus.   From harvest to packaging to the glass, these are all certified organic wines that are stored in environmentally friendly packaging. It’s the kind of thing… read more

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VSAG Vice President Lara Hardcastle Earns LEED AP Certification

Continuing to demonstrate her true can-do spirit and steadfast determination, Hardcastle recently passed the certification process to become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC).   Lara was the Project Manager on the award-winning Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington D.C., the first LEED Gold upscale-casual, full-service restaurant in the United States, which opened one year ago. She’s a vital part of our LEED restaurants work and green restaurant operations consulting. As the first VSAG employee to earn the LEED AP title, Hardcastle joins more than 75,000 professionals across the country… read more

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VSAG: Farmers Who Love Founding Farmers

Another great story on VSAG’s green restaurant operations work at Founding Farmers. Lancaster Farming News, that is, which is great because much of what arrives at the restaurant daily and weekly comes from farms in Lancaster County, PA and from surrounding areas! Thanks to reporter Tracy Sutton for spending so much time with Founding Farmers, and for sharing the important story behind the restaurant with information about the restaurant’s American family farmer-owners (North Dakota Farmers Union) and about how food gets from farm-to-table, with a quick stop in the Founding Farmers kitchen along the way! Read all about it – A… read more

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Founding Farmers is LEED Gold!

On April 22nd, Founding Farmers and VSAG celebrated the official award and certification of the restaurant as LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With this award, Founding Farmers is the first USGBC certified restaurant of any type in the District of Columbia, and the first full-service, upscale-casual LEED Gold restaurant in the entire United States. Marc Heisterkamp, Director of Commercial Real Estate for USGBC, presided over the Certification Ceremony and presentation of the official LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold plaque at the restaurant in Washington, DC, before an assembled crowd on Earth Day.   More… read more

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Green from Inside Out

More coverage for VSAG client Founding Farmers, this time from US News and World Report: A Washington DC-area restaurant goes green from the food on the table to the design on the building.

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VSAG Announces Grand Opening of Founding Farmers

Today, VSAG announced the grand opening of their most recently developed concept, Founding Farmers. Developed by North Dakota Farmers Union, Founding Farmers is located in the heart of the nation’s capital, just three blocks from The White House. Designed to meet LEED Gold green building certification criteria, and designed to operate as a Certified Green Restaurant, by the Green Restaurant Association, Founding Farmers restaurant is DC’s greenest restaurant.  With 260 seats on two levels, the design and decor are reminiscent of a modern farmhouse, with warm hues, materials such as reclaimed flooring and barnwood walls, comfortable seating, and little details that… read more

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VSAG Focusing on Green with New Projects

VSAG kicks-off three new projects for clients developing new concepts that target a variety of green practices and sustainable approaches. These include sustainable and organic menus, LEED-certified architecture and interior design, and Certified Green Restaurant operations. Of these restaurant concepts, one is fast-food, one is fast-casual, and one is upscale full-service.

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