But, speaking of buildings ... did you know?:
- there are 14,000 McDonald's restaurants in the U.S.
- there are 31,000 McDonald's restaurants in the world.
- the concept of a "Green Restaurant" has been under development for years and is now already rolled out in the south side of Chicago.
- Green Restaurants are under construction in France, Brazil, and Canada.
Max outlined critical elements of his program, grouping them into four major categories:
- water reduction
- energy reduction
- materials of construction
- social equity
Then, Max delivered The McChronicles to the actual Green Restaurant, on the corner of 42nd and Ashland on Chicago's South Side (a community known as "Back Of The Yards"). There we were met by Doug Kimball (pictured) who provided an extremely detailed tour of this living laboratory. The tour started with two drawings of the facility, a site overview and a building detail.
The site and building exterior feature innovations including: LED signage that consumes tons less energy,permeable paving that allows rainwater to soak into the water table versus swamping the public drainage system, a cistern that collects storm water used to water the native vegetation - both on the ground and on the roof, skylights, and a heat recovery system. Trust The McChronicles - there is lots more.
Doug then headed indoors where he handed The McChronicles over to John Rockwell who pointed out features such as: low-flow plumbing features saving water per flush, LED lighting and a computerized system that measures natural light and adjusts artificial lighting accordingly, multiple recycling stations, and building materials (tables, chairs, divider walls, decorations, etc.) made from recycled materials such as milk and detergent containers, ceramic floor tile made from 40% pre-consumer waste material, and decor made using low-emitting materials.
Honestly, it was difficult to take it all in on the first pass.
Images: The McChronicles.