Dunkin' Donuts has opened its second “green” restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla. and it features internal and external elements which will increase energy efficiency and minimize its impact on the environment. The franchisee, Aziz and Company, opened Dunkin’ Donuts’ first “green” restaurant in 2008 and achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification in 2010. Aziz and Company has also applied to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the (LEED) Silver or higher certification for the new St. Petersburg location.
Some highlights of this new restaurant include:
- Dunkin’ Donuts’ first-ever electric car charging station.
- Energy-efficient insulated concrete foam walls to reduce heating and air conditioning usage.
- Energy-efficient LED lighting and a state of the art energy monitoring system.
- Super low-flow or no-flow fixtures and aerators, and a rainwater harvesting system for landscape irrigation, which make the building over 30% more water efficient than a typical restaurant.
- Highly reflective and permeable hardscapes and roofing materials that reduce the heat-island effect and improve comfort in and around the building.
- A reusable mug program to encourage guests to bring their own mug, which can be refilled for a discounted price.
- Paper cups for hot beverages.
- A food donation program, through which leftover baked goods are donated to the Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission.
- Coffee grounds composting in partnership with local urban farmers, who use the spent coffee grounds for soil improvement.