McDonald’s have been at the forefront of the green transition in franchising. While some businesses have been implanting piecemeal green changes into their business practice, McDonald’s have been rolling out LEED gold certified restaurants across the country of late.
To be clearer, a LEED certified franchise involves a “whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health”. A gold ranking is the second-highest ranking on the LEED table, and McDonald’s recently opened their fourth LEED gold-certified franchise in Riverside, California, their first one in California.
Since California is the hub of America’s green economy, it’s a great leap forward. QSRweb reports that the franchisees of this green unit are Tom and Candace Spiel. This store, like the others, will feature:
- A light colored hardscape to reduce heat emissions
- Native drought tolerant plants to reduce water consumption
- Low flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage
- Almost 300 photovoltaic panels to generate a percentage of solar energy power
- Recycled denim insulation inside the building
"We are so proud of this restaurant and its possibilities to encourage and educate our customers and community on the importance of environmental sustainability," said Candace Spiel, McDonald's owner/operator.
Best of all, McDonald’s have changed the color of the arches at these units. They are now, typically, green.