The Office of Innovation and Assistance at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded Café Miranda the Environmental Leader (Green Business) Certification.

The Environmental Leader program for restaurants and lodging businesses, a voluntary self-certification program, has certified 25 restaurants and 106 hotels and bed and breakfasts as green. The Maine DEP created the Environmental Leader (Green Business) Certification program for the hospitality sector, and it has become a leading model that has been replicated by many states and cities throughout the country. The program is responsible for significant reductions in energy, water usage and solid waste, and the use of safer cleaning products by participant facilities.

Kerry Altiero, chef and owner of Café Miranda, completed a self-certification workbook process developed by the Maine DEP. Café Miranda scored more than 100 points for its efforts, qualifying it for a two-year certification. At the end of the two-year period Café Miranda will need to increase its point total to 130 points.

Café Miranda serves locally grown and organic ingredients, uses biodegradable cleaners, has a recycling program, composts kitchen waste, eliminated the use of Styrofoam containers in to-go orders, has sustainable lighting for over 90 percent of the property, and installed high efficiency Energy Star appliances.

Situated in downtown Rockland since 1993, Café Miranda has a large and frequently changing menu, which features house-made pasta, fresh local seafood and bread from a wood-fired oven. Altiero’s commitment to sustainability includes using locally grown and harvested ingredients in his dishes.