Green Crown Program

​Charlotte's Green Crown

Charlotte’s Green Crown is a citywide program that shines a spotlight on establishments in the restaurant industry implementing environmentally sustainable practices. By earning one, two, or three crowns based on level of environmental commitment, the distinguished Green Crown will encourage other owners to evaluate and modify their business operations, while ultimately reducing the use of our natural resources.

Promoting environmentally conscious practices in the restaurant industry is a responsibility for both diners and business owners; Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day, and 25,000 – 75,000 pounds of food go uneaten every year.

This voluntary and free program recognizes eating and drinking establishments that actively minimize waste and maximize sustainability. Complementing the city’s larger Circular Charlotte strategy, Green Crown businesses will demonstrate their commitment to the environment through four main categories:

  • Waste Management

  • Energy and Water Conservation

  • Pollution Reduction

  • Commitment to the Community

Think your business qualifies? See for yourself Charlotte's Green Crown Application.Just hungry and want to support a Green Crown business? Look on the right-hand side of the page for a listing of qualified establishments. Make sure to check for the Green Crown certificate at your favorite place to eat or drink. If they don’t have one, spread the word!

Whether you own a restaurant or enjoy a nice meal out, play a part in maintaining the natural beauty of our Queen City.

​Newly certified restaurants

​Apply to be a Green Crown

​Establishments earn points for practicing environmentally sustainable business efforts. Click on Charlotte's Green Crown Application to see if your business has what it takes to earn Crowns  for your protecting the environment.


Green Crown Establishments