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Conference registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor.

Advance registration for the conference closed on March 16, 2018.  You are still able to register on-site at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis at the same price point.
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The 2018 Sustainability Executive Study Group will feature some of the biggest names in the foodservice industry and what they are doing to increase sustainability in their own operations. From sustainable sourcing to animal welfare to the future of sustainability in restaurants, join us for a day of candid conversation about the progress being made in the foodservice industry to reduce restaurants environmental impact for the benefit of their consumers and bottom lines.

Network with sustainability and sourcing professionals who face the same challenges, and share on-target, specialized experiences. What better way to discover best practices, solutions to stubborn problems, or opportunities for advancement than from restaurant leaders in your field?

2018 Agenda

Tuesday, April 3

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
  Location: Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta
Mingle with other attendees the evening before the official conference begins. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Wednesday, April 4

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
Meet your fellow sustainability professionals and hear how restaurants in Georgia are working to improve their environmental efforts.
9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m. The Future of Sustainability in Restaurants

What trends will shape the future of sustainability in the restaurant industry? Elder will outline what's on the horizon for food transparency, technology and supply chain sustainability.

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m Animal Welfare Panel Discussion

What are the current consumer attitudes towards animal welfare and how can restaurateurs engage and respond accordingly? Our panelists will discuss the challenges facing restaurants and producers, and how to work with your suppliers and fellow brands to address them.

10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Interactive Supply Chain Panel
Our panelists will share how to work with your supply chain to control costs, improve transparency and reap the benefits of shared sustainability goals.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Sustainable Sourcing Roundtables
  Attendees will break into small discussion groups and brainstorm solutions to specific challenges in the following areas:
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Deforestation in the supply chain
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Human rights and social welfare
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Roundtables Report Out
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Sustainability Business Meeting / Animal Welfare Discussion (Operators Only)
  NRA staff will lead a discussion with updates around sustainability planning for 2018 and engage in a follow-up conversation on animal welfare and supply chain issues.
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Making the Business Case for Sustainability
We all know there are costs and benefits associated with sustainability initiatives, but what does that really mean and how do you convince your C-Suite to take the leap? This session will offer pragmatic steps to help you communicate the long-term environmental, social and financial benefits of your sustainability intiatives to your executive team.
3 p.m - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Increasing Employee Engagement

Learn how to generate passion and positivity with employees through environmental training practices.

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Legislative Updates
Hear the latest sustainability-related policy issues affecting restaurants and what's on the policy horizon.
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closing Thoughts


National Restaurant Association Member* National Restaurant Association Non-Member
$299 $499
*National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, contact membership@restaurant.org
Operator Cancellation PolicyCancellations received by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 will be fully refunded. Any cancellations between Jan. 13 and Feb. 23, 2018 will be assessed a 50% administration fee. Cancellations after Feb. 23, 2018 will not receive a refund. For more information, contact nrameetings@restaurant.org.

Hotel Accommodations


265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Room Rate: $129/night + plus tax   single/double
Deadline to Reserve your Room: March 9, 2018

Attendees are responsible for making their hotel reservations. You will receive instructions on how to book your reduced-rate hotel room within your conference registration confirmation email. Please wait for this email to ensure you are within the reduced-rate room block.

Airline Discounts

United and Delta offer discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Sustainability conference attendees.

To save, book online at 
United.com/meetingtravel. Enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Make sure ATL is entered as the airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between March 31 - April 7, 2018.

To save, book online here. The Group code is NMRLY. Make sure ATL is entered as your destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between March 31 - April 7, 2018. You may also call Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT.


Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor. For 2018 conference sponsorships, please contact Stephanie Krasner at skrasner@restaurant.org.

Restaurant Leaders Talk Sustainability


Contact Laura Abshire, Director, Sustainability Policy and Government Affairs, at (202) 973-5380 or labshire@restaurant.org.

2016 Sustainability Executive Study Group Presentations: Click here to access the presentations

Note: You will need a username & password to access the presentations. To receive a username & password, please email meetings@restaurant.org. Presentations are only open to Sustainability Executive Study Group meeting attendees.






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