WHAT: The Nature Conservancy is asking foodies in Hawai‘i and across the country to nominate their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a second annual people’s choice contest to find each area’s top green restaurant. Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, it's a good bet the healthiest and tastiest food on your table came from nature. From the taro loi that provides yummy poi to the apple bananas soaking up the sun at the farm in the country, to locally raised beef ‒ healthy food needs a healthy planet.
WHEN: Nominations will be open September 3 -16, semifinal voting will begin October 1, and the winner(s) will be announced October 17. Vote here.
BACKGROUND: Some of our food-related conservation solutions in Hawai‘i are among our most innovative and pragmatic. Whether we are working with communities to restore the He‘eia ahupuaa and put poi on everyone’s plate, to helping families preserve their ranch land on Hawai’i Island, we are showing conservation and economics go hand-and-hand ‒ and right to your plate.
While the contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation, and our work with farmers, fishermen, winemakers, and ranchers. To vote, go here, click on Hawai‘i and then nominate your favorite green restaurant. You can also learn more about what makes a restaurant green. Learn more here.
The Nature Conservancy is working with food producers everywhere and bringing together traditionally unexpected partners in the name of healthy food and a healthy environment, finding solutions that are good for their businesses, for consumers, and for nature. This state-by-state and city-by-city contest will take place in: California (Los Angeles and San Francisco) Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (Miami), Georgia, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois (Chicago), Massachusetts (Boston), Minnesota (Minneapolis & St. Paul), New Jersey, New Mexico (Albuquerque and Santa Fe), New York (NYC & Finger Lakes/Central Western), North Carolina, Ohio (Cleveland), Oregon, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Virginia (Charlottesville) and Washington DC.
SPOKESPERSON AVAILABLE: Suzanne Case, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i,
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.