Conservation is tasty, and five New York City restaurants are in the running to be “the best green restaurant” as part of the People’s Choice Nature's Plate Awards, brought to you by OpenTable and The Nature Conservancy. The competition is red hot, and is taking place not only in New York City, but also in eleven major cities. So what is happening? The Nature Conservancy is calling all foodies to tell us their choice for the best green restaurant. Only one NYC restaurant will be named the People’s Choice winner.
Nominees for NYC:
Voting is open through June 21, with each city’s winner announced on June 26. New Yorkers are encouraged to vote online and support their favorite restaurant via social media using #naturesplate, @nature_ny and https://www.facebook.com/tncny
“The actions we take as consumers send powerful signals,” says Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York. “Small actions make a big difference, and supporting restaurants that offer sustainably caught seafood, locally raised meats and poultry, and locally harvested fruits and vegetables is a great way to send a message. You can boost the economy in your community, enjoy a great meal and help the planet.”
As the global population shifts from rural life to urban areas, we are losing our connection to where our food comes from and our dependence on the natural world to sustain us. Thankfully, this trend is rapidly changing. The popularity of food movements like locavores, ecotarians, food patriotism, local farmers markets and farm coops are on the rise. People want to know the story of their food and if it’s good for them, the economy and the planet.
The Conservancy works closely with the people who supply our food – farmers, ranchers and fishermen – to find solutions that are good for their business, consumers and nature.
Bite-sized actions make a big difference for you and the planet. Share your passion to help raise awareness of delicious food that’s good for you and good for the planet. Nature’s Plate is brought to you by The Nature Conservancy and sponsored by Open Table.
In addition to New York (NYC), this state-by-state contest is being hosted by Conservancy chapters in in Washington, D.C., and Virginia (Richmond), California (SF Bay area, LA), Illinois (Chicago), New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Florida (Miami), Washington (Seattle) and Colorado (Denver/Boulder).
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.
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