Ohio University’s Atrium Cafe Goes “Green”

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Ohio University's Atrium Cafe has earned a "green" certification from the Green Restaurant Association.

The nationally recognized association highlights restaurants that follow environmentally sustainable practices.

The cafe is one of eight restaurants in the state to earn the certification.

"Many restaurants have made positive changes, but we wanted to make a full commitment," said Fran McFadden, Atrium Cafe's chef and general manager.

The public cafe, located in Grover Center, is run by dietetics students in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

The Athens community has embraced organic and local foods, and the cafe is no different.

It is partnered with the local 30 Mile Meal program, which promotes buying and eating local foods in southeast Ohio.

"Our cafe has always been about best practices," said McFadden. "This is just another measure of Athens culture and how it supports sustainability."