Posted on January 7, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

McDonald’s location first to hit Green Restaurant Assoc.’s 2-Star level

McDonald's River Road store has earned over 130 GreenPoints by implementing 35 environmental steps

A McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in Bethesda, Md., is the first McDonald’s location to reach the Two-Star Certified Green Restaurant level, the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) said Tuesday.

Boston-based nonprofit GRA, celebrating 30 years in 2020, counts about 600 Certified Green Restaurants nationwide, with another 150 in the pipeline being assessed for their environmentally sustainable purchases and practices.

To receive Green Certification, restaurants must meet GRA’s environmental standards by acquiring GreenPoints in seven categories:

  • water efficiency
  • waste reduction and recycling
  • sustainable furnishings and building materials
  • sustainable food
  • energy
  • disposables
  • chemical and pollution reduction

GRA has four levels of certification:

  • 1 Star – 65 or 82 points, depending on location – 99 restaurants
  • 2 Stars – 100 points – 216 restaurants
  • 3 Stars – 175 points – 250 restaurants
  • 4 Stars – 300 points – 26 restaurants

The McDonald’s River Road store has earned over 130 GreenPoints by implementing 35 environmental steps, including:

  • 100% LED lighting
  • Electric Vehicle
  • Sustainable Fish
  • Straws upon Request
  • High-efficiency pre-rinse sprayer and aerators
  • Energy Star equipment
  • No paper towels in restrooms
  • Employer-sponsored Metro cards

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