SCA Green Guide

What is the SCA Green Guide?

The Green Guide is a series of digital booklets, published in modules that will cover key strategies for cafe operators in energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, and toxics reduction. Green Cafe Network is providing technical assistance for the Guide's content, with key research and expertise from the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC).


Green Guide Module 1
Energy Use & Reduction Steps

Module 1 focuses on energy use and reduction tips including lighting, refrigeration, cooking appliances, auxiliary equipment and hot water systems & HVAC. Many of the tips included are considered "low hanging fruit" with regards to saving money and lowering the impact of your business. This module provides an easy path to starting your journey towards more sustainable energy practices. Available as a PDF.


Green Guide Module 2
Water Conservation Steps

Module 2 offers cafe owners cost-effective strategies to curb water waste in their cafes without reducing the quality of the coffee, the performance of the equipment, the cleanliness of the kitchen, or the overall customer experience. Tips cover performing a water assessment, identifying and preventing leaks, reverse osmosis water filtration, dish washing machines, and much more. Available as a PDF.


Green Guide Module 3
Waste Reduction & Recycling

Module 3 offers cafe owners offers cost-effective strategies to curb the amount of waste a cafe produces. Tips cover performing a waste audit, developing a plan, engaging your staff in the effort, recycling, composting, and much more. Available as a PDF.

About the Partners

Green Cafe Network: 

Green Cafe Network's mission is make sustainability mainstream by greening the coffeehouse industry. In addition to their sustainability consulting and education services, GCN has built a growing network of member cafes across the United States that are committed to running green businesses. Visit

The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC):

The FSTC is the industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. Operated by Fisher-Nickel, Inc., the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC. FSTC's goal is to provide education, viable resources and up-to-date information at no cost, helping commercial kitchen operators save energy and enjoy substantial savings. Visit