Certifications & Recognition

Raising the bar in what it means to be green is something SAVOR…Chicago takes very seriously. We have achieved and maintain a number of sustainability certifications and received a number of awards recognizing our efforts, including:

SAVOR…Chicago has been recognized for its sustainability leadership and innovation including Green Seal* certification, International APEX certification in sustainability for the entire McCormick Place campus, certification by the Green Meetings Industry Council, an Illinois Governor’s Award for sustainability and recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for leadership, education and outreach, including winning the EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge five times.

Green Seal Certification

In 2013, through association with the University of Chicago’s Green Restaurant Research Team and the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, SAVOR…Chicago was the first institution to receive Green Seal certification for environmentally responsible food purchasing, operations and management. Several SAVOR…Chicago restaurants at McCormick Place are Green Seal certified, which means they met the stringent requirements to reduce waste through composting and recycling as well as reducing water and energy use. For our customers, that means quality service and menu items with a reduced environmental impact in a safer, healthier restaurant.

  • Protects human and environmental health – SAVOR uses environmentally-preferable cleaning products and non-toxic paints with minimal VOCs
  • Demonstrates stewardship – SAVOR has an environmental purchasing policy that specifies purchasing environmentally-preferable products
  • Conserves water – SAVOR uses water-saving fixtures and takes steps to reduce water consumption, and tracks its water consumption
  • Conserves energy – SAVOR tracks its energy consumption, and its appliances are energy efficient and properly maintained
  • Reduces waste – SAVOR has a recycling program and minimizes the use of disposable items
  • Provides education – SAVOR trains staff on environmental procedures, and informs customers of its practices

APEX/ASTM International Food and Beverage Sustainability Standard

Spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and their relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council, these standards were developed in collaboration between APEX (the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange) and ASTM, an ANSI certified international standard development organization. These standards were developed with the goal of creating more sustainable meetings and events. These measurable standards hold both suppliers and planners accountable for implementation and are complimentary to other meeting industry recognized standards. The eight categories of the standards include staff management and environmental policy, communication, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award recognizes the organization that demonstrates a commitment to economy, society and the environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. In recognizing SAVOR…Chicago, the Governor commended SAVOR’s green practices, “Your organization’s commendable green practices serve as a model of environmental stewardship for residents, businesses and institutions throughout our state. Implementing energy efficiency upgrades, fuel savings, pollution and waste reductions, and other sustainability improvements requires vision, strong leadership, and the dedication of individuals throughout an organization.”

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recognition

2018 EPA Recognition of Outstanding Waste Reduction Efforts

2015 EPA Recognition of Outstanding Waste Reduction Efforts

2013 National Winner of  EPA Food Recovery Challenge

2013 EPA Honorable Mention for Education and Outreach

2013 EPA Honorable Mention for Leadership

SAVOR’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship is a benchmark that sets the standard for excellence.


*GS-55 Restaurants and Food Services  SAVOR…Chicago meets Green Seal™ Standard GS-55 based on purchase of sustainably-sourced food, waste minimization, use of verified environmentally-preferable products, and conservation of energy and water. GreenSeal.org