The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center has been recognized over the past decade for its groundbreaking environmental program, Seaport Saves, which is dedicated to increasing sustainability and conservation throughout all aspects of the organization. Most recently, the hotel’s restaurant, TAMO Bistro & Bar, was certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.
Green Restaurants® provides a comprehensive and user-friendly method of rewarding existing restaurants, new builds and events with points in each of the GRA’s Environmental Guideline categories, which include:
- Chemical and pollution reduction
- Sustainable food
- Sustainable furnishings and building materials.
Receiving 179.43 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented 62 environmental steps, TAMO Bistro & Bar has gone 79.43% above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for Certification.
“To become a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® is an honor that recognizes our company-wide effort to embrace sustainability,” said Jim Carmody, Vice President and General Manager of the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. “We believe it is possible to create a delicate balance; to be respectful of the natural world while providing world-class service in a luxurious setting. Our guests often reaffirm this by expressing their appreciation for Seaport’s sustainable initiatives.”
The Seaport Hotel introduced Seaport Saves in 2005, which includes Boston’s first in-room recycling program, a hotel-hosted electric vehicle charging station in the parking garage, free water taxis to downtown Boston, donation of coffee grinds to local farms to enrich soil, a property-wide composting system and the use of electrolyzed water for cleaning purposes. In 2011, the programwasexpanded to include an organic rooftop garden, as well as honey-producing beehives which currently house over one million bees; all produce ingredients are used in recipes for TAMO Bistro & Bar’s seasonal menus. Also, the hotel’s grease traps are cleaned monthly by a local company which collects the grease, recycles it and turns it into home heating fuel. This fuel is provided to New England distributors.