Sustainability Practices

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LED lights in a row.
Switching to LED Lighting

We began saving more than 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually with our switch in 2009 to all energy-efficient LED lighting in our company-owned restaurants. That's roughly equal to planting 923 acres of trees or removing 4,060 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.

Solar panels with the sun shining in the background.
Harvesting Solar Power

By piloting solar panels at three of our Colorado restaurants, we've already contributed to lowering demand for electric power generation from local power plants and reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions.

Digital thermostat.
Managing Energy

Red Robin was the first kitchen operator to receive a Certificate of Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March, 2013 for “Sharing Your Story” and contributing to a healthier climate by encouraging others to save energy and money with ENERGY STAR® commercial service food equipment.

In addition, we continue to implement and test multiple energy management systems (EMS) for improved building efficiency. These systems are powering our restaurants’ heating, ventilation, air conditioning, exterior lighting and signage. By the end of 2015, Red Robin expects to have more than 80 such systems installed in our company-owned restaurants.

Orange, red, green, blue, and gray recycling bins in a line.

At the Red Robin home office, we recycle: paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, steel and aluminum containers. We’ve also eliminated much of our paper, energy, ink and transportation waste by changing to electronic funds transfer.

Front entrance to one of the Red Robin restaurants.
Waste Reduction

At newer restaurants, lower-usage fixtures and low-flush toilets reduce the amount of water consumption. We continue to work with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging materials.

Other accomplishments include:

  • 100% of our more than 400 company-owned restaurants recycle fryer oil, keeping it out of the waste stream and making it available as an alternative fuel.
  • A 33% decrease in energy consumption due to installation of energy-efficient TVs
  • 500,000 pounds of resin is saved each year by making our kid’s cup more eco-friendly