Green Restaurant

Montpelier’s First Certified Green Restaurant

The article below appeared in The Montpelier Bridge on October 4, 2012, and shows a photo of the six solar tube panels that were installed on the back roof of the Wayside to preheat water for the dish machine. The Wayside is a member of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership.

As only one of a handful of Vermont Certified Green Restaurants in the state, the Wayside has implemented many earth-friendly initiatives. Their goal is to stay focused on waste reduction, water and energy conservation, pollution prevention, transportation efficiencies, and to promote sustainability.

High on the roof top you will see six evacuated solar tube panels installed on the back roof of the Wayside. This solar array is dedicated to preheating the water for the dish machine, yielding shiny clean dishes with the help of sunshine!

To further minimize their carbon footprint and maximize transportation efficiencies, the Wayside continues to work closely with local farmers, foragers, seasonal gardeners, fishermen, and business men and women on a daily basis. Thanks to these members of their “extended family,” each season Wayside customers enjoy local dairy products, eggs, meat, potatoes, homemade pasta specialties, parsnips, fiddleheads, rhubarb, corn on the cob, winter squash, freshwater perch and more!

The Wayside was buying local long before it became a trendy marketing slogan. It’s been the key ingredient to their popularity with Vermonters and tourists over the years. The entire staff at the Wayside is thankful for the privilege of cooking and serving their guests locally sourced food items whenever possible.



Green Initiatives


The Wayside Restaurant strives to be the Restaurant Industry leader in the areas of Waste Reduction,
Energy & Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, and Transportation Efficiencies for others to follow,
including our customers.


Its Worth the Ride to the Wayside


*Fryer oil recovery system to supply the biodiesel fuel industry
*Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal
*Recycle daily menus for note paper
*Coreless toilet paper rolls
*Eliminated plastic straws
*Discontinued plastic bottled water





*Water efficient dishmachine
*Water efficient toilets
*Water efficient faucet nozzles
*Water efficient cooking steamer


Norwich Solar Small Business Array Perkinsville VT


Small Business Community Solar Alliance


Working with Norwich Solar, the Wayside is partnered with 5 other businesses and towns in a 500kW Community Solar array located next to the Weathersfield Town Garage in Perkinsville, Vermont. The bifacial solar panels are state-of-the-art. In addition to collecting sunlight on the front of the panel, the backside collects light as well. These panels will work double-duty during the winter collecting reflected light off the snow-covered ground.

Solar is a readily available source of clean renewable electricity. The solar field is established to produce – 1,000,000Wh annually, which is enough to power 138 homes for a full year. In terms of carbon emission reduction, the array reduces 781 tons of carbon dioxide annually; roughly the equivalent of the carbon captured by 839 acres of forest for a full year.




*Hot water solar array supplement
*Routine Efficiency Vermont assessments
*Fresh outdoor air (winter) refrigeration system
*Attic insulation upgrades for better heating and cooling
*Eliminated 2 electric appliances
*Perimeter baseboard heating
*Energy Saver copier
*Computer monitors off at night
*Fan to stabilize air in foyer
*High efficiency evaporator motors
*Energy Star refrigeration
*Motion sensor lighting in basement
*4 Xlerator hand dryers
*1 lower rpm hood fan
*Fresh air cooling in the kitchen and dining room
*LED lighting, including outdoor Christmas lights

2019 Grow Compost Certificate for the Wayside Restaurant

*Food composting
*Conversion of oil-fired furnace to propane
*Green cleaning products
*Sustainable hand soap
*Poly whey natural wood coating on dining room booths



Wayside Restaurant farm partners and suppliers

Local Farmers and Suppliers

*Local food and beverage sourcing
*Local beer and wine sourcing
*Local top-shelf spirit sourcing
*Consolidated deliveries
*Commuter bus stop


*Featured website page
*A “Meatless Monday” lunch and dinner special
*Compost table tents
*An annual Employee Appreciation event


Our popular takeout menu features environmentally-friendly packaging to include:

*100% recycled paper bags with handles
*Dinner and sandwich containers made from plants
*Certified ECOLOGO dinner napkins
*Paperboard ice cream pint containers
*Eco hippo ice cream bags
*Cold drink cups and straws made from plants
*100% recycled paper fiber drink carriers
*Paper hot cups made with 90% renewable resources
*Salad dressing portion cups made from plants
*Certified compostable knives, forks and spoons


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