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The hotel proudly runs on 100% renewable energy via a combination of offsetting and wind power / ©The Nines
In addition to the environmentally-conscious ingredients, the restaurant is also on a mission to operate in a more sustainable manner across the board. One of the primary challenges facing the hospitality industry in its bid to limit its footprint is surplus waste; Urban Farmer mitigates this issue by implementing ordering best practices to prevent over-ordering and utilizing creative fermentation techniques for unused ingredients. It also ensures that all to-go programming is eco-friendly, using either biodegradable or recyclable products.
“Sustainability has always been a priority for the Nines and therefore was built into the very fabric of the hotel,” says Matt Christianson, director of culinary operations. “At Urban Farmer, we’ve been recognized by the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work Program – receiving a Gold Certification for our commitment to sustainable practices. We pride ourselves not only on being eco-conscious, but on educating our diners and guests about the importance of sustainability as well.”
Guests who book the Urban Farmer Stay Experience will be able to enjoy the restaurant’s celebrated fare in an ultra-exclusive private dining set up in the comfort of their own rooms. To complete the experience, guests will also receive valet parking and an in-room movie screening as part of the package.
While the Urban Farmer restaurant is a beacon for sustainable luxury, the rest of the Nines is equally as considerate in its operations. The building itself is LEED Silver Certified – the largest green building rating system in the world – thanks to considerate plumbing solutions that collectively save around 500,000 gallons of water. The hotel also proudly runs on 100% renewable energy via a combination of offsetting and wind power.