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Perth Amboy culinary program upgraded for sustainability

Perth Amboy culinary program upgraded for sustainability

The culinary program on the MCVTS Perth Amboy Campus has been upgraded to a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit organization that helps restaurants to be more environmentally stable.

The program received 176 “Green Points” on the association’s certification scale by implementing 53 environmental steps, including a comprehensive recycling program, use of a high-efficiency pre-rinse sprayer and faucet aerator to save water and energy, use of energy-saving CFL and T8 lightbulbs, use of Energy Star equipment, which is 20 to 40 percent more energy efficient than traditional models, and employing aquaponics to grow some produce on-site.

Last year, the Perth Amboy Campus culinary arts program, led by Chef Stephen J. Moir, became the first public school restaurant in the nation to be certified “green” by the Green Restaurant Association. At the time, it scored 144 “Green Points” on implementation of 45 environmental steps. It was the only establishment in Middlesex County, including restaurants and hotels, to receive the designation.

Additional Information on the Green Restaurant Association can be obtained at