Chicago operators find that together it’s easy and profitable being green

Helen Cameron, owner of the two-unit locavore concept Uncommon Ground in Chicago, has always been environmentally conscious. Still, she has a loggerhead turtle to thank for the tens of thousands of dollars she now saves annually on goods, water and energy.

Uncommon Ground is a member of the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op, or GCRC, a nearly four-year-old group dedicated to helping restaurateurs cost-effectively procure sustainable goods and services. In its relatively short life, GCRC

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