Project: First LEED Gold KFC-Taco Bell

Yum! Brands has partnered with ISI to create interiors that are environmentally friendly, efficient and forward-looking. In Northampton, Massachusetts, the first LEED® Gold certified KFC-Taco Bell has opened its doors for all to enjoy a meal in a socially responsible environment.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit that developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Buildings granted LEED certification are recognized for their environmental commitment and innovative design.

Inside, the seating and décor elements are mainly composed of sustainable and recycled content. The restaurant features a sophisticated lighting design that utilizes natural light. LED lights are also used throughout the interior and in the parking lot.

Solar energy is used to preheat fresh air to be circulated in the building, reducing the use of natural gas. Efficient fixtures were installed to consume less water. Outside, a rain garden harvests rainwater to be used for irrigation. The design allows patrons to partake in conservation efforts by sorting trash to be composted or recycled.

Yum! Brands' commitment to sustainable practices has been recognized by Employee Services Management (ESM) Association, a nonprofit organization, with an Innovative Program Award of Excellence for Yum's 2008 Earth Week program. Yum began Earth Week to educate employees about how they can participate in sustainable practices in business as well as personally.

This ISI project was featured in the AKFCF Quarterly.  Read more about Yum's environmental stewardship at QSR Web.

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