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McDonald’s earns coveted LEED Platinum status

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Oak Brook, Ill. McDonald’s celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday by announcing that its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., had attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Less than 210 building projects worldwide have achieved the LEED Platinum certification, the highest certification level in the LEED program.

McDonald’s headquarters broke new ground when it opened in 1998, with its space- and land-saving underground parking, landscaping with native plants and open-office environment with generous daylighting. Since then, the company has added numerous green features, including recycling and waste programs, the recapturing of rainwater for irrigation and green vehicle parking designations. The facility also converts used fry oil into biodiesel.

Forty-five percent of the total building energy consumption is procured from offsite renewable-energy sources (solar and wind). During 2008, the headquarters achieved an 8.3% (1.2M kWh) reduction in electrical consumption, which McDonald’s attributed to positive occupant behaviors, building re-commissioning, and sound operating practices.

Other eco-friendly components include the use of enhanced metering to monitor building systems efficiencies and low-mercury, energy-efficient interior lighting throughout the building. Also, the exterior lighting has been designed to minimize light pollution.

“By working through the LEED certification process, we were able to document that an environmentally friendly workplace can be cost effective. The benefits associated with this effort are ongoing, with positive impacts on our employees, our budgets and the environment. This third-party certification by the U.S. Green Building Council was a great validation for our workplace sustainability efforts,” said Joseph Endress, VP facilities and systems, McDonald’s.

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O’Reilly introduces buy online, in-store pick up option

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. O’Reilly Auto Parts announced that it is now offering customers the option of “Buy Online, Pick Up In Store” at OReillyAuto.com.

After selecting a method of payment and completing the transaction, the customer’s local store will be notified immediately and O’Reilly professional parts people will ready the parts for in store pick up.

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Safeway debuts newest ‘green’ store

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PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway announced that it is celebrating Earth Day by previewing its newest “green” store design, deploying community clean-up teams that use the grocer’s environmentally safe line of cleaning products and distributing reusable grocery bags to decrease waste in landfills.

“We are proud of the reputation we have developed for sustainability,” said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chief strategist. “Earth Day gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the progress we are making and preview the direction we are taking on a range of fronts, including store design and earth-friendly products, along with our already strong history of supporting communities.”

“Our new Santa Cruz store is the gold standard for sustainable supermarket design for Safeway and the entire supermarket industry,” said Renda.

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