Kitchens and Web Sites Become Green Certifiable


There are two new green certifications to report.  First, (FSW) has launched the Going Green Program, a comprehensive green certification program for commercial kitchens. 

The program includes a free certification process, as well as educational resources and incentives for kitchens to go green, such as extended warranties on energy efficient equipment. 

How much do commercial kitchens impact a building’s energy consumption?  This Matter Network story reports that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program data, commercial buildings with commercial kitchens use about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than buildings without kitchens.

Last month FSW filed a certification mark application (greenkitchenapp.pdf) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for its CERTIFIED GREEN COMMERCIAL KITCHEN logo eco-mark (top).


From kitchens to the internet, where CO2Stats offers the Green Certified Site carbon offset program for web sites.  Subscribers to the CO2Stats program insert a piece of HTML code which calculates the carbon emissions of the site.

The calculation includes both the energy used to run the web site and the power used by visitors to the site.  Based on the emissions calculation, CO2Stats buys renewable energy certificates for subscribers that offset the carbon footprints of their web sites.

Of course, the Green Certified Site certification is something I absolutely must have for this site, so I subscribed.  I just need to plug in that HTML code to green Green Patent Blog.  Too bad I don’t run a commercial kitchen…

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in New York and is a member of the bar in New York and California. Eric has more than two decades of experience working with wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software.