Being green is cool. But for us at Lazlo Inc., environmental sustainability means so much more. It’s a core company value and point of pride. We practice this by conserving energy, building sustainable restaurants, reusing materials whenever possible and recycling everything we can. In fact, our family dining venues recycle an average of 270 tons of assorted materials each year.

We design our establishments from the ground-up with more than aesthetics in mind. Our buildings are designed to help to reduce energy consumption. Doors, windows and skylights are strategically placed to maximize sunlight. Our kitchens contain the most energy-efficient cooking equipment available, and dining rooms contain low-energy light bulbs on programmed timers. We keep our guests comfortable with our state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling systems, which minimize fluxes in temperature.

Pictured: Geothermal heating and cooling diagram

Our takeout silverware is 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!

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.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

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.


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 some of 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.