Local 16 Is Committed To Green


I’ve always liked Local 16 located on U Street just west of 16th Street. I believe they have one of the best roof decks in the city and this only adds to the allure. The sign says they are happy to share their herb garden. Nice. It also says they use “vegetables from a biodynamic farm whenever possible.” So I guess I’m wondering what exactly makes a restaurant green? Is using vegetables from a biodynamic farm as well as herbs from an herb garden enough to proclaim oneself green? I do think it’s cool that they share the herbs with their neighbors, I’m just curious about the new trend of folks calling themselves “green”.


Busboys & Poets is wind powered:

And they have rocks in their urinals:

What is the true definition of a green establishment?

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  • Restaurant Nora in Dupont was one of the first green restaurants in the country (ages ago, before it became cool). They have their own herb garden, use organic growers and compost all their vegetable waste. Restaurant Eve in Alexandria is up to 50% composting – they need another composter to do it all.

    The U.S. Green Building Council has a LEED certification program to rank your consideration as a green facility. Their website has tons of details.

  • Call me skeptical, but how is B&P 100% wind powered? Is there a ginormous wind turbine on the roof that I just happened to overlook the last 100 times I’ve gone by?

  • Wait – does this really mean that Local 16 is inviting us to open the gate and take some herbs? If so, thanks Local 16!

  • Anymouse at 2:42.

    This merely means that they pay the utility companies extra money to get their electricity etc. from wind power elsewhere. Its an option for lots of businesses and homes I believe as well. Basically the power companies buy a certain percentage of there power from wind etc. and then can resell that to you.

    The profit goes to the people who are selling the green power to the utilities so they can create more.

    You don’t actually have to have a wind turbine on your roof.

  • Commissary also claims to be green. And I think I heard CakeLove might be “wind-powered” as well?

  • It ain’t easy being green – kermit

    We face an unprecedented trend in green washing these days (i.e. the Green Festival in DC last weekend to me has turned into a marketplace and is about the commercialization of the green concept, and less about awareness building.) So just as any good environmentalist would be and should be, always be a bit skeptical of the claims someone makes.

    Green food to me means a few things. Do you know where the food came from? Better yet, did it come from a local source (less than 150 miles away)? Was it grown sustainably (organic?, does not overly extract water source, does not pollute water source, etc..) Then I think you can get into restaurant operations, the building, the dishes, the amount of food waste, do they recycle, do they pay a living wage, etc… These are just some quick ideas, i am sure there is a book or website with something more comprehensive.

    You can indeed purchase your power from wind sources via pepco. http://www.pepcoenergy.com/NaturalGasElectricity/default.aspx
    It’s about $.05 extra per Kw/hr.

  • what are the rocks for in the urinal?

  • Local 16 is engaging in pointless enviro-masturbation. How many people seriously go there for food?

  • Are the rocks there to “get your rocks off”?

  • Seriously… I don’t understand the rocks. Can someone explain:
    1) The point
    2) How this is “green”?

  • When cleaning the urinal, wouldn’t the rocks be an obstacle to sanitizing?

  • I hope no one actually thought I was serious about the wind turbine. So who is actually monitoring and checking the power company when they say they are buying wind power? Isn’t it entirely possible that they are generating the same exectricty from some coal fired plant and marketing it as wind energy? It’s electricity fungible? Can they trace it back to the wind power? I am still very skeptical especialy since they are charging extra for so called wind power. Who’s to say they aren’t pocketing the extra $$ for their own good? Still not convinced….

  • houseintherear

    Ha, thanks for citing your quote, JY!

    In most cases, I believe the rocks in urinals cut down on the amount of flushes needed. In other words, they can be used as water-free urinals (if the “user” doesn’t flush, or the establishments cuts off the water source). I saw these a number of years ago in a unisex potty in Germany, and the urinal was simply a drainage hose with no flush/water area. It was cool.

    (Hi er’body, I’m new to PoP, but not to Petworth itself.)

  • I went to a seminar earlier this year for small business owners about how to take advantage of the “green” trend and there are a lot of smoke and mirrors available for those businesses that want to reap the benefits of appearing green without actually making a sincere effort to be green. make your choices as consumers wisely.

  • I could care less if a business is green/claims to be green. All I care about is my bottom line and how much will something cost me. I think being eco is just another way for people to be classist anyway.

  • Anymouse,
    I do agree about the checking thing, it is a bit of a good faith thing on hoping the utilities are keeping their word. Don’t know what else to suggest on that though. Unless the wind farms had some details of how many people said they were purchasing wind power, and then could calculate what the utilities are paying them to see if there is any discrepancy?

  • I love the stench of urine soaked river stones! Make me green all over.

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