Quick-service operators such as Chick-fil-A, KFC and Subway have recently embraced higher efficiency components. Meanwhile, McDonald’s, which began testing carbon footprint-reducing practices across its entire global system in 2007, has a handful of franchisees in its system exploring green innovations.
For example, Cary, N.C., owner/operator Ric Richards installed NovaCharge electric vehicle charging stations at his McDonald’s unit in 2009.
Tom Wolf, who owns and operates 14 McDonald’s units, also added Level 2 Electric Car Charging Stations to his newest restaurant in Huntington, W. Va., late last year. You might not be able to add these expensive units, but low-flush toilets and even ‘greener’ lighting fixtures are something to toot your horn about.