Moe’s Southwest Grill Awarded Prestigious LEED® Silver Green Building Certification

– Fast casual burrito concept in Williston, VT honored for sustainable construction and design –

ATLANTA, GA (June 13, 2011) – Moe’s Southwest Grill announced today that the location in Williston, VT has been awarded LEED Silver certification making it the first restaurant in the chain and in the state of Vermont to earn this high honor. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.” 

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Local Franchise Partners Sueayn and Philip Wood set out to build a restaurant and achieve LEED certification two and a half years ago.

Some of the green design and construction features that positively impacted the project itself and the broader community include LED lighting, energy efficient cooking equipment, and a technologically advanced air control system that they anticipate will reduce energy consumption by 22 percent.

 In compliance with LEED standards, the building materials were locally sourced and the laminates, paint and adhesives are all low-emission to help enhance the air quality of the restaurant.

In addition, this new location features low flow sink aerators, low flow toilets and waterless urinals.

Finally, a unique regional feature is the Freeaire management system for the walk-in cooler that overrides the condensers and evaporators once the outside air reaches a temperature that is equal to or cooler than the desired walk-in temperature. 

“It has been an amazing experience building a green restaurant from the ground up,” says Sueayn Wood. “We’re proud to offer our guests a well-rounded eco-friendly dining experience, from the building design to our sustainable ingredients like grass-fed steak, grain-fed pork and organic tofu.”

IT’S EARTH DAY EVERYDAY WITH MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL’S FOOD MISSION

ATLANTA, GA – March 29, 2011 – With Earth Day just around the corner, Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fun, engaging fast-casual restaurant, reminds sustainability champions that Moe’s is committed to its food mission of being environmentally aware all year long.  For conscientious diners who won’t budge on taste, Moe’s is proud to deliver healthy meal options that are satisfying to the senses and kind to the earth.

Sustainability is all about being gentle on the planet without negatively affecting the needs of future generations. Moe’s does its part to reduce environmental impact by using all-natural, fresh ingredients like grass-fed sirloin steak, grain-fed pork, cage-free chicken and local produce whenever possible. For a delicious meat alternative, we are one of the few fast-casual dining spots to offer organic tofu marinated in mouth-watering southwest flavors available on Meatless Monday or anytime.

All of this is part of Moe’s new food mission to bring the highest quality ingredients to every guest, every day, everywhere. With everything we prepare, there’s never any trans fat or MSG. It’s delicious simplicity everyday at Moe’s! 

Whether you’re a meat-lover, tree-hugger, vegetarian, or looking for gluten-free and low calorie meals, Moe’s has something for everyone.

Check out all menu selections and the Moe’s food mission at www.moes.com.

Moe’s New Healthy Menu Sends Guests on a Food Mission… Should They Choose to Accept It

  

New Food Mission Makes Healthy Eating Easy for Those on Vegetarian, Low-Cal or Gluten Free Diets

 ATLANTA, GA – Jan. 24, 2011 – Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fun, engaging and fast-casual restaurant, has made its own New Year’s Resolution. Starting today, Moe’s redesigned menu boards will feature a new food mission wheel “steering” guests to select delicious and healthy choices. Showcasing even more healthy menu options than ever before, Moe’s makes it easy for the whole family to make smart and tasty ordering decisions.

We’ve ALWAYS known, but did you? Moe’s has always had the highest standards.  Never having used microwaves, animal fat, lard or MSG, Moe’s offers guests nothing but the best with over 20 fresh ingredients including hormone-free grilled chicken, beef and even organic tofu.

No gluten? No problem. Offering more than 20 gluten-free ingredients, Moe’s allows those on a gluten-free diet to indulge like never before. Delectable and customizable menu options range from burritos to rice bowls to salads. With the growing number of Americans affected by gluten allergies, Moe’s chicken, steak, tofu and pork are all prepared gluten-free and ready to be devoured at a “Moe-ment’s” notice!

Attention Veg-Heads! The days of eating just rice and lettuce when out with friends are now over. Look no further than Moe’s where vegetarians are VIP. Not only are the shredded cheese and sour cream free of gelatin and animal rennet, but the grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms are prepared on a totally separate grill from the meat products. Organic grilled marinated tofu provides a tasty protein option, accompanied with any number of fresh produce and black beans or a side of freshly prepared pico de gallo.

Lightening up? Feel good and show-off your choices at Moe’s with an entire menu of calorie-conscious options showcasing drool-worthy meals less than 450 calories. Salads or burritos featuring tofu or chicken, crisp produce, fresh salsa and grilled veggies easily fit in with a healthy eating lifestyle. Moe’s online nutritional calculator at www.moes.com provides additional support for those who want to further slice and dice their menu options!

Flexitarians Unite! The newest diet option – be flexible about when and where you choose to be vegetarian or a meatatarian! Not only catering to those with special dietary needs, Moe’s also offers self-help in the form of a burrito for those simply looking to incorporate a flexible, yet tasty and healthy eating plan. Moe’s guests are guaranteed delicious and fresh options whether just dabbling in vegetarianism or on a gluten-free or low-cal diet.

 Moe-tivated! Moe’s thinks the world of the planet and is mindful of environmental impact and nutritional content. Serving food that sustains resources with the best possible option is vital to Moe’s ideals and company practices. Whether Moe’s is encouraging franchisees to purchase produce locally, provided Moe’s safety and quality standards can be met, or serving cage- and hormone-free chicken and grain-fed pork, Moe’s tries to do the right thing by the animals and the earth – and its customers.