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Restaurants are still learning how to be green

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in SmartBrief on Restaurants — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about current trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: Does your restaurant meet green standards?

Yes — 18.18%
No — 64.65%
I don’t know — 17.17%

Carl’s Jr. celebrated its 500th and “greenest” Green Burrito restaurant late last month. Seventy percent of the restaurant’s steel framing is made from recyclable materials, and it has a computer-operated electrical system, among other features.

Other restaurants have already met the green standard. Here are 10 worthy restaurants in the U.S. that have been certified by the Green Restaurant Association.

Are you looking to green your restaurant? Start with SmartBrief on Sustainability, a free daily briefing that will help you track new technologies, cost-saving opportunities and the benefits of corporate social responsibility.