Staying True to Our Sustainability Efforts: FRG Wins Leadership Award

This has been a stellar week for our team. Not only were we named one of the Best Places to Work in the Greater DC area by Washington Business Journal, but last night our Potomac, MD-based restaurant, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, received the Maryland Green Registry’s Leadership Award for our earth-friendly business practices. 

Co-Owner Dan Simons and our team were on hand to accept the Leadership Award from Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Recognized for leadership in sustainability speaks to our company’s mission-driven commitment to do more good and less harm for our planet, every day. 

We couldn’t be more pleased with the acknowledgment of our ongoing, sustainability efforts. We reuse. We recycle. We compost. Not only have all of our restaurants, Founding FarmersFarmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers, earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for our green design practices, we also are regularly certified by the Green Restaurant Association for our daily efforts to preserve and protect our planet. We say no to plastic water bottles by serving free, filtered water in reusable glass bottles since day one. We use bio- and marine-degradable straws, and launched a non-profit, Our Last Straw, aimed at the restaurant industry to reduce the widespread distribution of plastic straws. In 2018 alone, MoCo’s Founding Farmers prevented more than a quarter of a million plastic and glass bottles and more than 300,000 plastic straws from entering our DC area’s waste stream. 

We work to form partnerships across our organization with like-minded suppliers to support American family farmers, to source environmental-friendly packaging, to educate our guests to the how’s and why’s of our sustainable practices, and more. 

Sustainability is our company’s commitment to our people, to our guests, and to our planet… every day. Our team thanks the Maryland Green Registry for this recognition, our Governor Larry Hogan, and the Maryland Department of the Environment for the continued work to keep our state healthy and beautiful. 

*photo: Co-Owner Dan Simons accepting the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award from Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles, with our very own Founding Farmers green team, Julie Sharkey and Erin Chalkley.