When it comes to multinational corporations acting responsibly and making a positive impact on society, McDonalds probably doesn’t come to mind.
However, the fast food giant’s restaurants are franchisees, so there is room for individual operators to go green. An example of that is the North Carolina McDonalds franchise that recently got a LEED Gold certification, as reported by Inhabitat.
This is the second LEED-certified McDonalds for owner Ric Richards, and repurposed 99 percent of the materials from a previous McDonalds restaurant that previously stood on the same site.
However, this wasn’t just a Sisyphean exercise in McDonalds reconstruction. The new building features solar panels, electric car charging stations, and landscape composed of drought-resistant plants.
The interior features LED lighting, solar-tube skylights, and signs reminding visitors to recycle, and instructing them on the difference between various kinds of waste.
So if you find yourself at this McDonalds, you may feel a little less guilty about your meal’s impact on the environment, if not its impact on your health.