Switching to LED Lighting

We began saving more than 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually with our switch in 2009 to all energy-efficient LED lighting in our company-owned restaurants. That's roughly equal to planting 923 acres of trees or removing 4,060 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.

Harvesting Solar Power

By piloting solar panels at three of our Colorado restaurants, we've already contributed to lowering demand for electric power generation from local power plants and reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions.

Managing Energy

Red Robin was the first kitchen operator to receive a Certificate of Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March 2013 for “Sharing Your Story” and contributing to a healthier climate by encouraging others to save energy and money with ENERGY STAR® commercial service food equipment.


At the Red Robin home office, we recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, steel and aluminum containers. We’ve also eliminated much of our paper, energy, ink and transportation waste by changing to electronic funds transfer.

Waste Reduction

  • At newer restaurants, lower-usage fixtures and low-flush toilets reduce the amount of water consumption. And we continue to work with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging materials.
  • 100% of our more than 400 company-owned restaurants recycle fryer oil, keeping it out of the waste stream and making it available as an alternative fuel.
  • There is a 33% decrease in energy consumption due to the installation of energy-efficient TVs.
  • 500,000 pounds of resin is saved each year by making our kid’s cup more eco-friendly.

2021 Packaging Initiatives

  • Off-Premise Packaging Optimization: We are currently working to optimize our off-premise packaging, which we expect will result in the removal of 2.5 million pounds of plastics from our system annually. The new environmentally friendly packaging is expected to begin being utilized in our restaurants in 2021, with the first step being the removal of approximately 200,000 pounds of Styrofoam packaging.
  • Beverage Packaging Plastic Reduction: We are transitioning to a new beverage provider in 2021 that we expect will reduce the number of plastic packaging bottles we use by over 200,000 bottles.