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Sustainable Fast Food Strategies and First LEED-NC for Retail Gold Certification of a McDonald's Worldwide
McDonalds is one of the world's largest and most well recognized fast food restaurant chains. In the past five years, McDonalds has begun to analyze and address the environmental impacts of their global supply chain activities. McDonalds also started the significant process of gathering data on the environmental (energy, water and waste) impacts of their retail restaurants.
As part of this process, McDonalds engaged NaturalProgression, through Chicago's Phoenix Architects, to develop and implement a pilot retail sustainability strategy for one of their Chicago locations. NaturalProgression's role in this (formerly) highly confidential project was to formulate, develop specifications for and implement a sustainability strategy for this restaurant that could theoretically be applied to all new McDonalds restaurants within the United States. Furthermore, our team carried out an extensive data gathering and reporting exercise to ensure that our client had a constant stream of information that would enable the project to achieve the maximum return on investment (ROI) with the least amount initial cost. This required our team to carry out a number of cost-benefit studies that greatly improved our client's understanding of the project's up-front costs and 3-10 year cost savings.
NaturalProgression was additionally responsible for the registration, documentation and certification of this project under the USGBC's LEED-NC Retail Pilot Program. Due to an ongoing confidentiality agreement with McDonalds, we are unable to discuss the materials used, and the energy, water and waste saving measures utilized in this project. However, the project was awarded a LEED-NC for Retail Gold certification. We anticipate that our team's innovative work will soon be seen in numerous McDonalds chains around the country.
For more information on this project, read the New York Times article.