Environment

At FireWorks Restaurant, we celebrate being green. Environmental sustainability a core company value and point of pride. One way we practice this is through our rain garden located in our backyard. The plants in it were strategically placed to absorb various contaminants that collect in rain water as it rolls off parking lots, rooftops, sidewalks and lawns. This 5,400-square-foot rain garden is a public display of our commitment to environmental stewardship in the community.

But we didn’t stop there. The FireWorks building is a leader in the restaurant industry when it comes to energy conservation. Our establishment is heated and cooled by energy captured from the earth through a state-of-the art geothermal system. Long overhangs, skylights and strategically positioned windows maximize light and minimizing fluxes in temperature. Our kitchens contain the most energy-efficient cooking equipment available, and dining rooms contain low-energy light bulbs on programmed timers. In addition to recycling glass, paper and cardboard, more than 80% of our used fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel. We think this is something to celebrate.

Our takeout silverware is 100% recyclable, sustainable, certified compostable and biodegradable. We’re excited to have made the switch from plastic straws to agave straws. These biodegradable straws made from plant fibers don’t change the flavor of beverages, while still holding their shape!

Pictured: Geothermal heating and cooling diagram

Closeup of the tall plants growing in the rain garden alongside the cement bike path

Pictured: FireWorks Rain Garden

Solar Arrays

Telesis, Inc. (our parent company) owns one of the largest private solar arrays in the state of NE. It can generate up to around 45,000 kwh/month during peak solar months (July and August). That’s enough energy to power about 50 typical residential homes for a month.

 

FireWorks Rain garden

Our rain garden located at Fireworks utilizes native grasses and trees that are resilient to Nebraska climate and moisture profile. The garden is sustained by the water that runs off the buildings and parking lots of the adjacent. The garden is self-sustaining, beautiful, and water efficient. 

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

While geothermal systems have a larger upfront cost to install, they are about 40%-50% more efficient than conventional heating and cooling systems. So, we save around 40% of what we would spend for heating and cooling costs. Geothermal systems are also environmentally friendly and have lower greenhouse gas emissions than typical rooftop heating and cooling systems. 

Recycling

 We recycle glass, paper and cardboard, more than 80% of our used fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel.

Local Ingredients

We proudly source our local produce from Avert™ Vertical Cultivations, an urban hydroponic farm established in 2019 and owned by Telesis, Inc. They specialize in growing fresh, locally sourced produce using innovative methods for maximum safety and quality.