Lowell Green Restaurant Program

Creating a more sustainable Lowell, one restaurant at a time

Life Alive chosen as one of Top Veggie Restaurants in USA October 7, 2014

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Life AliveThe Lowell Green Restaurant Program is happy to report that our third certified green restaurant has been voted one of the Top Vegetarian Restaurants in the country by Mashable! Life Alive was ranked #10 as a popular vegetarian-friendly restaurant based on patronage.

This is a well deserved recognition for Life Alive! Stop by and congratulate them…oh and get a delicious meal that will make you happy too. 🙂

And don’t forget to wish them a Happy Vegetarian Awareness month!


Celebrate Lowell’s Harvests with Mill City Grows! September 9, 2014

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Mill City Grows Harvest Fest

For more information, visit Mill City Grows: www.millcitygrows.org


Be Green: Buy Local and Eat Fresh September 5, 2014

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There is one farm in Lowell that we shouldn’t forget: Rollie’s Farm! Located at 1413 Varnum Avenue in Lowell, Rollie’s farm has been growing produce, flowers and Christmas trees for more than half a century. Since 1953, the Perrons have conquered the odds that were against them to continue to operate as a small family farm. Stop by their produce stand, Like them on Facebook and support your local farmer!



Waste Not, Want Not – the State’s new food waste disposal ban September 3, 2014

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Diversion of food waste from solid waste is a key goal of the Lowell Green Restaurant Program. There are several ways that this goal can be met:

  1. Donate usable food to food banks or repurposed.

  2. Divert food waste to Anaerobic Digestion: Biogas generated by anaerobic digestion is clean energy fuel, which can be used to generate electricity, heat, or fuel natural gas vehicles.

  3. Compost or donate to animal–feed operations: composting stabilizes waste, reduces volume and results in a nutrient rich humus soil amendment.

Effective October 1, 2014, Food Establishments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that dispose of at least one ton of organic material per week will be required to divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s solid waste stream. Restaurants with the equivalent of 70 full time employees exceed the threshold. However, smaller restaurants are encouraged to participate voluntarily.

Food materials and organics make up 25 percent of the current waste stream, making the disposal ban an important component of the Commonwealth’s strategy to reduce waste disposal. The ban will help the Commonwealth reach its goals to reduce the waste stream by 30 percent by 2020 and greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Additional information can be found at the following links:



Based on EEA news release: http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2014/food-waste-disposal.html


Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me! August 13, 2014

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Peach festivalIt’s Peach season!

What better to celebrate then at a Peach Festival. You’re in luck: Carlson Orchards is having a Peach Festival this weekend, August 16th and 17th in Harvard, MA.

  •   * Live music!

  •   * Hay Rides!

  •   * Samples!

  •   * Cookout! annnnnd

  •   * Peaches!!

  For more information visit: www.carlsonorchards.com




2nd Annual Farm-To-Cocktail Party is coming up! June 16, 2014

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The Mill CF2C-2014-Save-the-Date-color-150-3_5ity Grows 2nd Annual Farm-to-Cocktail Party is Thursday, July 10th.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more info, click here.


Celebrate Earth Day with Lowell Green Restaurants! April 20, 2014

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Visit our certified green restaurants in Lowell on Tuesday, April 22nd and win great green prizes!



Press Release – September 2012 April 23, 2013

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Lowell Green Restaurant Sept 2012

Here is the press release from our first green restaurant certification back in September 2012. Congratulations once again to the Athenian Corner and Brew’d Awakening Coffehaus for being the first restaurants to be certified through our program.

Press Release – September 2012


Let’s Talk Compost!

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Let's Talk Compost

Our “Let’s Talk Compo$t” event will be this Monday at Middlesex Community College. Be sure to come by to learn more about Composting options in Lowell and more about the Lowell Green Restaurant program.



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Welcome to the Lowell Green Restaurant’s new website!

We are still under some construction but be sure to explore our pages for information on becoming a green restaurant and to find some information about our current restaurants. Be sure to visit often as we update our website.