The ConServe program by the City of Knoxville aims to celebrate restaurants that are committed to low-waste dining while also supporting those interested in making changes to reduce their waste. Restaurant sustainability initiatives are attractive to customers, can reduce operational costs, and decrease environmental impact. We are in the process of certifying restaurants now, so don’t miss this opportunity to stand out as a valued establishment in Knoxville!
We will review your application and schedule an on-site verification visit. Please be prepared to show evidence or documentation for all practices. For questions or to receive a copy of this application, contact the ConServe Coordinator. Email: WRamericorps@knoxvilletn.gov OR Phone: (865) 215-2872
There are two certification categories, PLATINUM and RAINBOW.
PLATINUM must meet: All 7 mandatory requirements and 20 points worth of flexible requirements must be fulfilled to qualify for ConServe PLATINUM. Restaurants eligible for ConServe PLATINUM receive an official City of Knoxville certificate and window cling to highlight your restaurant as eco-friendly, in addition to having your restaurant in the spotlight on the City of Knoxville, ConServe website.
RAINBOW must meet: All 7 mandatory requirements and 14 points worth of flexible requirements must be fulfilled to qualify for ConServe RAINBOW. Restaurants eligible for ConServe RAINBOW receive an official City of Knoxville certificate and window cling as well as having your restaurant’s name featured on the City of Knoxville, ConServe website.
PART I - Business Information
Date of Application *
Business Name *
Business Address *
Business Contact, Person's Name and Title *
Contact Phone Number *
Contact Email Address *
How many employees does your business employ?
PART II - Mandatory Requirements
PLATINUM and RAINBOW must meet all 7 mandatory requirements.
Are you located within the limits of the City of Knoxville? *
Eliminated all use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) from food/ beverage to-go ware, packaging materials, company events and break-rooms. *
Use only recyclable or compostable to-go containers. *
If providing plastic straws, they are only distributed upon request. *
All employees, including new hires, will be informed about the ConServe Knoxville program protocols and best practices upon certification. *
Reusable dishware, utensils, and cups are provided for customers and employees when dining in. *
Accept and sign a certificate listing your restaurant's commitments to the ConServe program. This customized document will be provided to you upon certification. *
PART III - Flexible Requirements
PLATINUM must have at least 20 points worth of flexible requirements to qualify.
RAINBOW must have at least 14 points worth of flexible requirements to qualify.
Section 1: Reducing Single-Use Plastics and Containers
Eliminated use of any wrapped, plastic utensils. (3 points)
Eliminated all plastic bags for to-go and carry out purposes. (3 points)
Offer incentives to customers who bring their own reusable coffee mugs, to-go dishes, and/or bags. (3 points)
For establishments with both to-go and dine-in food service, always ask if meal is “for here or to-go” before offering disposable ware. (2 points)
Always ask before providing to-go bags, straws, receipts, utensils, napkins, and condiment cups or packets. (2 points)
Do not offer straws or only offer those that are washable or compostable. (2 points)