Energy savings brewing at Ga. Dunkin' Donuts
Photo courtesy of The Champion
The Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that opened recently in Doraville, Ga., is the first in the Atlanta area to be part of the company’s DD Green program, reports The Champion newspaper.
Started in 2014, DD Green is a certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants.
“Dunkin’ Donuts is an all-franchise business, so owners decide whether they want to be part of this program,” Barkat Colabawala, one of the owners of the new restaurant, told the paper.
To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development, according to Dunkin’ Donuts’ corporate website. Stores meeting the DD Green criteria display a plaque that notes the restaurant’s energy reduction and sustainable design.
The program is customized for various store formats.
“We’re going to see more and more restaurants from construction through operation incorporating features that minimize environmental impact,” Colabawala said.
Among the sustainable strategies and practices used in the DD Green program are mitigation of construction pollution and waste recycling, installation of energy-efficient LED light fixtures, mechanical units and water-saving plumbing fixtures, implementation of healthy environments with indoor air quality management and use of zero-VOC paints and sustainable building operations training for employees.
Franchisees can participate in the DD Green program at two levels. At the first level, stores meet minimum sustainable requirements. The second level is for stores that go beyond requirements and achieve additional suggested sustainable goals.
The first Dunkin’ Donuts opened in Quincy, Mass., 66 years ago, when it served basically doughnuts and coffee. The brand’s current menu includes a variety of hot and cold coffee, tea and chocolate beverages as well as fruit and yogurt smoothies. In addition to a wide selection of doughnuts, Dunkin’ Donuts now sells other bakery goods and sandwiches.
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