McDonald's LEED

You’ve probably heard that Fast Company wrote a recent article about some of the potential problems with the LEED system.  Well, Bob Langert, Vice President of CSR at McDonald’s, just wrote a small response to Fast Company Magazine in an article titled “LEED = Progress for the Environment.”  Starting with the quote, “Perfection is the enemy of good,” Langert continued:

From my own personal experience, I know that our team of engineers and building development professionals within McDonald’s has studied LEED and all that the USGBC has achieved over the past decade. We joined the USGBC this year, and to us, LEED is an outstanding development that has helped advance sound, practical and motivational ways to make building construction more sustainable.

LEED ought to be commended as one of the best environmental initiatives of the past 20 years. It has set the stage for companies like ours to do more in the future.

Sure, there is always room for improvement, and as such, there will always be critics saying more needs to be done. And like many a standard, LEED will continue to evolve and strengthen over time.

So there you have it.  McDonald’s has a LEED certified store in Savannah, Georgia, too.  They’re studying the store and working out how to incorporate what they’ve learned into future stores (possibly with the LEED for Retail program).