Greenest Restaurant in Oklahoma


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

by Michael Oshman

A restaurant rarely commands so many titles on the date of its opening. Tucker's Onion Burgers is an exception. One of the newest additions to the Oklahoma City dining scene has earned the title of "Greenest Restaurant in Oklahoma" due to is implementation of 48 environmental steps, earning it 128 GreenPoints™. Tucker's is now a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, exceeding the 100 point minimum, by meeting the Green Restaurant Association's rigorous environmental standards.

"We are thrilled to be the first restaurant in Oklahoma to have achieved this significant milestone", says Keith Paul, president of A Good Egg Dining Group. "We wanted to create a restaurant that not only provided an exceptionally distinctive guest experience, but also one we could truly say was green from the ground up. We are ecstatic that we've not only achieved that goal, but have gone farther than any other Certified Green Restaurant® in the State."

To meet the GRA's rigorous 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant® guidelines, a restaurant must meet a minimum of 100 points in seven environmental categories, including a minimum of 10 points in each of the following: Energy, Water, Waste, Chemicals, Food, Disposables, and Building.

Some Tucker's Significant Accomplishments are:

  • Using ionized water to clean, instead of toxic chemicals
  • Salvaged the ceiling panels from the previous tenant
  • Using Green Pest Control Company
  • Paperless payroll for employees
  • Energy star Lighting for 59% of the bulbs

See here for details of all the steps and points Tucker's Onion Burgers has completed, and see the full Certification standards here.

"Tucker's Onion Burgers' accomplishments constitute a significant milestone for the restaurant itself and all the restaurants of Oklahoma," remarks Michael Oshman, Executive Director of the Green Restaurant Association. "Tucker's Onion Burgers' should be proud of the 48 steps and 128 GreenPoints™ they earned by going through a rigorous and transparent process of certification."

For more information about the Green Restaurant Association, visit

About the Tucker's Onion Burgers

Tucker's Onion Burgers is Oklahoma's first premium onion burger restaurant. In a casual, vintage modern setting customers can enjoy delicious, authentic Oklahoma Onion Burgers made from only the freshest, all-natural ingredients. Tucker's uses only the finest quality ingredients to produce the finest quality food. Our fresh ground beef is all-natural and hormone free, ethically produced by regional growers.

About the Green Restaurant Association

Founded in 1990. The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. For two decades, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC and Environmental Defense, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association, and America Public Garden Association. The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, Citysearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit