Project: First LEED Gold McDonald's USA Green Restaurant

McDonald's USA opened its first corporate-owned pilot green restaurant and received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in April 2009.

Some of the green attributes of the Chicago restaurant include energy-efficiency equipment and lighting, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and permeable pavement and rainwater collection for irrigation. McDonald's is using this "green building lab" to help refine their green building strategy.

Together with ISI, McDonald's in Chicago, IL (on 42nd and Ashland Avenue) has been designed with tables made from recycled material, custom artwork describing the many sustainable benefits of the space, as well as many other elements which improve energy-efficiency and environmental impact.

Across the country, a race is under way among stores and restaurants to build environmentally friendly outlets, as a way to curry favor with consumers and to lower operating costs.

Featured in The New York Times article: Green Plans in Blueprints of Retailers.

Across the country, a race is under way among stores and restaurants to build environmentally friendly outlets.

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