New York City -- A renovated McDonald's in Riverside, Calif., became the first McDonald's west of the Mississippi, and the fourth in the United Sates, to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.
The building, which has stood as a McDonald's restaurant for 44 years, reopened after a renovation that made the building more sustainable and energy-efficient. The new green features include:
The restaurant features an interactive touch-screen display for visitors to learn about the building, environmental sustainability, and how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.
Other LEED-certified McDonald's restaurants are located in Cary, N.C., Savannah, Ga., and Chicago. The Riverside restaurant expects to receive LEED certification within one year.