Ensuring we conserve and preserve resources is critical for our company and the greater global good.

Darden's sustainable efforts are integrated into our operations in a variety of ways, from how we design and build new restaurants; to how we harness the enthusiasm of the people who work in them; to how we set thermostats and the type of appliances we use.

Green building principles, recycled materials, sustainably harvested wood, low flow valves and LED lighting are a few among a myriad of innovative efforts. These efforts are key to enhancing operational efficiency and an essential part of our strategy for achieving our "15x15 over Zero" goals of reducing energy and water use by 15% by 2015, and of one day sending zero waste to landfill. In fact, we've already exceeded one of our goals, but we have more progress to make and our commitment remains steadfast.