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Nature’s Plate Winner Announced in Miami

The Nature Conservancy Awards Country’s Best Green Restaurants

MIAMI, FLA | October 17, 2013

The Nature Conservancy announced today that people have chosen the Coconut Grove-based LoKal as the winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Nature’s Plate award in Miami. The Nature’s Plate contest, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, asked foodies in Miami and across the country to nominate their favorite sustainable, organic or farm-to-table restaurants.

Stemming from the German word for restaurant and meeting place, LoKal exceeds all of its guests' expectations by bringing sustainably & locally sourced burgers & beers paired with an industrial, raw edginess.

“We try to do everything to raise awareness like buying clean energy, composting all our waste, buying everything local, making art out of trash,” said Matt Kuscher, owner of LoKal. “It makes us feel so proud that Miami realizes we are much more than a burger joint but instead a casual farm-to-table concept trying to do the right thing for our environment.”

The Nature Conservancy works with food producers everywhere, bringing together traditionally unexpected partners in the name of healthy food and a healthy environment, finding solutions that are good for business, consumers and nature.

In Florida, the Conservancy partners with cattle ranchers in the Northern Everglades to promote a land ethic that includes sustainable agriculture and habitat management that supports dozens of globally rare and imperiled species.

The Nature Conservancy understands that conservation must be economically and environmentally viable in order to work and last. We’ve helped change the way food producers do business through deep collaboration and innovative solutions that treat the land and water as assets to protect.

While this contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation and The Nature Conservancy’s work with ranchers in Florida. You can also learn more about what makes a restaurant green and be sure to check in next year for the 2014 Nature’s Plate Award Contest. The Nature Conservancy does not endorse, recommend, or certify any restaurant as being green or sustainable.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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