September 19, 2011 // Franchising.com // INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A KFC restaurant in Indianapolis has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC's rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings.
″We're very proud of our eco-friendly Keystone Avenue restaurant and it is rewarding to receive LEED Gold certification,″ said Roger McClendon, Chief Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc., parent company of KFC Corp. ″Not only is this the first LEED-certified restaurant in Indiana, it is the state's first LEED-certified retail establishment. The teams at KFC and Yum! Brands are proud to be on the forefront of helping make Indiana a little 'greener.'″
LEED certification of the KFC location was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project and the broader community. The restaurant is designed to use 25 percent less energy and water than a conventional KFC restaurant. It features energy-efficient cooking equipment, low-power, long-life LED lighting, locally sourced building materials, fixtures designed for lower water use, waste recycling (including cooking oil and plastics) and many other green innovations.
″KFC's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,″ said Rick Fedrezzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. ″The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and KFC serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.″
Earlier this month, the restaurant was presented with a plaque in recognition of its LEED Gold certification. In attendance at the presentation ceremony were Indiana State Senators Beverly Gard and Jim Merritt, Ashlee Kilpatrick and Jamison Hutchins from the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as executives from Yum! Brands, Inc.
The Indianapolis project is part of KFC's global environmental stewardship efforts which include the E3 initiative: Economically responsible ways of saving Energy and being Environmentally aware.
The certification of the Indianapolis KFC follows the opening of a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in Northampton, Mass., which was LEED Gold-certified in 2009. KFC made other environmental news when the brand introduced fast food's first consumer-reusable container. The side item container was honored with a 2010 Greener Package Award.
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KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the Double Down™ and the Doublicious™. There are more than 15,000 KFC outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.