First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country
Reclaimed wood furnishings
Rainwater collection and reuse
With over 365 points, Uncommon Ground, based in Chicago, is one of the greenest restaurants in the world. With a highly developed recycling and composting program, Uncommon Ground has made the idea of waste uncommon in its four walls.
Usually local food is defined as within 300 miles or even 100 miles. What about within 300 feet? Uncommon Ground is growing its own food in a Certified Organic roof top farm.
Although some of the sun's energy is going to grow food on its roof, the remaining rays are powering a solar thermal array that is heating Uncommon Ground's water, providing the restaurant with renewal and free energy on a daily basis. To top it off, the restaurant also has furniture made from reclaimed and reused wood materials. Although this level of commitment is currently uncommon, Uncommon Ground is paving the way for these steps and points to be common ground for the coming decade.