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Shari's Restaurant Chain Wins Sustainability Award

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HERMISTON, WA-- A popular restaurant chain is being recognized by the state of Oregon for their energy efficiency.

The Shari's restaurant chain is one of five Oregon companies to be honored with the Governor's Sustainability Award by the Oregon Sustainability Board.

Shari's wins the business award category for reducing waste and decreasing energy and water consumption.

Shari's reduced their electricity usage by 6% in the last five years and water consumption by 19%. The restaurant also recycles and even converts cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.

"It's our corporate responsibility to be energy efficient. We feel giving back to the community by reducing our energy is one of the things that's very important to us," said Jodenne Scott, Shari's spokesperson.

An interesting side note, the first Shari's restaurant opened in Hermiston in 1978 and the chain now includes 100 restaurants in seven western states.

The chain grew across the region quickly and opened their second restaurant one year later in Sherwood, Oregon.

Shari's is known for its popular 24-hour family dining experience, fresh-made pies and fairly priced menu.