A McDonald’s in Riverside, California has replaced the golden arches with green in an effort to get LEED Gold Certified for environmentally friendly design. The restaurant will join other LEED Certified McDonald’s restaurants in Cary, N.C., Savannah, Ga. and Chicago.
Green features of the restaurant include:
— Light colored hardscape to reduce heat emissions from site
— Native drought tolerant plants to reduce water consumption by landscape
— Low flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage
— 294 photovoltaic panels to generate a percentage of the restaurant’s power consumption
— Recycled denim insulation inside the building.
— An interactive touchscreen display that helps customers learn about the building and how they can go green
Of course, if you give it a month with customers and the entire place will probably be a borderline biohazard.