Our Mission

Project Green Fork contributes to a more sustainable mid-south by helping reduce environmental impacts with a focus on strengthening homegrown restaurants.


Our History

Project Green Fork was founded in 2008 by Margot McNeely out of concern about the amount of waste generated by restaurants, a desire to contribute to the sustainability of our community, and a passion for supporting local businesses. In 2016, Project Green Fork merged with Clean Memphis to advance the mission to make Memphis a cleaner, greener, and more environmentally sustainable city. National studies indicate that approximately one and one-half pounds of trash are produced for each restaurant meal that is served, and the average restaurant produces 50,000 pounds of garbage per year. Typically, close to 95% of this waste can be recycled or composted. Project Green Fork helps local businesses in the service industry operate more sustainably. Frequenting PGF certified establishments, supports local businesses and promotes environmental sustainability.


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  • Nick was one of the biggest supporters of @projectgreenfork and restaurant sustainability. He changed how we look at high-volume restaurants and showed that small, everyday changes really do make a difference.
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It is with the heaviest of hearts that - after a hard fought battle with cancer - we announce the passing of Nick Vergos - a restaurant icon, a philanthropist, an amazing chef, but, most importantly, a father, a son, a husband, a brother, an uncle, a cousin and a friend to many.  αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη
  • Cooling off with a Little Lily at @sweetgrassandnextdoor on the first day of summer! 🌞😅💚 vodka+grapefruit+lemon+aperol.
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