Campus dining halls recognized for sustainability

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

SoVi and Crown Commons earn 3 Green Stars

Charlotte, NC – SoVi Dining Hall and Crown Commons were recently certified as 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. Collectively, the dining halls received 404.54 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and implemented 116 environmental steps.

Highlights of Green Accomplishments:

  • Facilities are Styrofoam free, which keeps harmful chemicals and litter out of our environment.
  • Composting food waste and recycling plastics, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and paper can keep up to 90% of waste out of landfills.
  • Over 40% of the main dishes are vegetarian, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with our food.
  • Not offering bottled water and providing a bottle filling station, encourages students to bring and reuse their own cups and water bottles, therefore not contributing to the 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles that end up in landfills each year.

SoVi's detailed Green Label and  environmental steps, here.

About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. Since 1990, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit

 Copy of SoVi Green Restaurant certificate Copy of Crown Commons Green Restaurant certificate