Princeton Day School Earns Coveted Four-Star Green Restaurant Award
Princeton Day School Earns Coveted Four-Star Green Restaurant Award

PDS Food Service One of Only Four Secondary Schools in U.S. with Designation

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that, as part of our sustainability initiative, our campus food service efforts have been awarded the highest rating of four stars from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). Attesting to the depth and rigor of the qualifying process, PDS joins an elite group of only three other secondary schools in the nation to have achieved four-star status.

"Flik Director Brian Mochnal, Chef Mason Irving, the Flik staff, and Building & Grounds have been amazing partners in this endeavor," observes Sustainability Coordinator, Liz Cutler. "With the support of School leadership, we started the qualifying process in 2011 and everyone has worked hard to make our food services more sustainable according to GRA standards in all of the following areas:

  • water efficiency
  • waste reduction and recycling
  • sustainable durable goods and building materials
  • sustainable food
  • energy
  • reusables and environmentally preferable disposables
  • chemical and pollution reduction
  • transparency and education

"We have made a particularly significant commitment to sustainable food, waste reduction, and reusables," Cutler adds.

Mochnal notes: "This achievement became possible by blending the sustainability drive of PDS with the standards of Flik Independent School Dining. It could not have happened without both partners."

Congratulations to PDS Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, Flik Director Brian Mochnal, the Flik team and the PDS community for their ongoing commitment to dining green! Learn more about sustainability programming at PDS here. Discover more about Green Restaurant standards here and see a list of all schools with GRA four-star status. -Melanie Shaw

Photos: Above, Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, Associate Head of School Lisa Surace, and Flik Director Brian Mochnal. Below, the Princeton Day School Flik Food Service team with Brian Mochnal far left, second row, and Chef Mason Irving at center behind second row.