Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the grand opening of its first “green” store, located in St. Petersburg, FL.
The store is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified and includes other green initiatives. LEED certification is widely recognized as the standard for green construction in the United States.
The store will serve as a prototype for future green construction projects. Energy enhancements include:
- Energy-efficient insulated concrete foam walls to reduce air-conditioning usage by approximately 40%.
- Energy-efficient lighting, including motion sensors for restrooms and offices.
- Water-efficient plumbing fixtures, low-flush toilets and use of well water rather than potable water for all irrigation.
- A recycling venture with an onsite earthworm casting facility, a collaboration between Dunkin’ Donuts and local company Mother’s Organics. The solar-powered tank houses 80 lbs. of small red earthworms that will eat the waste produced by the store, including coffee grounds and paper products. The worms’ waste will then be converted into fertilizer for local farms and gardens.
- A reusable mug program that encourages customers to bring their own mug. Those who do will receive a discount toward the purchase of a beverage.
- Hot drinks are served in paper cups made from renewable resources.
- Leftover baked goods are donated to America’s Second Harvest, a local food bank.
- Cleaning products meet LEED requirements and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
Our sole critique: We encourage the company to source menu ingredients from organic vendors. And we’d like to see all of the chain’s stores go green!
Photo courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts