Sustainability is not a catch phrase; it’s a natural extension of who we are.

For us, sustainability is not a lofty idea but a fundamental, and necessary, endeavor. Our concept is about the food and drink of course, but it’s also about our team, our facilities, our practices, and the hundreds of decisions we make each day that affect the world around us. We believe it’s about finding a balance which allows us to sustain our quest of making quality, accessible food, while also giving back to our community and the environment.

FOOD WITH A CONSCIENCE

We give a great deal of thought to the farmers who grow, raise, and harvest our food, as well as the people who eat it. We seek out family farmers and support purveyors who employ responsible farming methods. This includes farms that value and support conservation, biodiversity, animal stewardship, economic viability, and fair treatment of workers. Above all, we focus on quality, whether we’re bringing in peaches from down the road or broccoli from across the country.

A GREEN FOUNDATION

Our commitment extends to the restaurants themselves. Our flagship location opened as Washington, D.C.’s first LEED Gold Certified restaurant and as the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED Gold restaurant in the country. These prestigious certifications, offered by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognize architecture and interiors that have been constructed and created with a minimal impact on the environment. Every element is thoughtfully designed, from the efficient HVAC and lighting systems all the way down to the tables made from reclaimed wood. Our Maryland location is LEED Silver certified, and Tysons was built to meet the LEED Silver standard. Founding Farmers is also a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. To make this possible and continue our commitment to being a green foundation, we compost pre-consumer food waste, use no bottled water on site, recycle grease to biofuel, use the most energy efficient equipment, and use occupancy sensors to reduce energy usage.

BELIEFS INTO PRACTICE

We are always striving to find ways, large and small, to put our beliefs into practice. For example, our restaurants operate as Certified Green Restaurants through the Green Restaurant Association, which measures, among many things, recycling practices and high-efficiency water and energy usage. We invest daily in composting services for all of our organic waste and recycling services, including turning our cooking oil into high quality biodiesel. We pay attention to the details, like choosing non-toxic cleaning products and recycled paper products. Each year, we offset some of our greenhouse gas emissions with the purchase of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org. And our Montgomery County, Maryland location is powered by wind.