UVA Dining Facility Becomes 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - One University of Virginia dining facility used to be a late-night spot for students to get a greasy meal, but last summer it underwent a major transformation and now it's being recognized. The Castle dining facility used to carry items such as double burgers with cheese, bacon, and eggs - but now all you will find are whole grains and fresh produce.
The changes mean The Castle is now a 3-star certified green restaurant. The facility is styrofoam free, over 75% of its main offerings are vegetarian or vegan and 100% of the lights are LED, which use less energy.
"That certification is by the Green Restaurant Association and that includes points for things like having compost, being a zero-waste space, we have a very plant heavy focused menu," said Brooke Kinsey, a sustainability coordinator at UVA.
One UVA student approves of the changes.
"Being at The Castle and being able to know that I can eat stuff that's freshly prepared in front of my eyes and healthy as well as containing a lot of protein. It's great to have places on grounds that can accommodate me," said first-year student Lily Roberts.
The Castle is open to members of the public, too.