KFC Goes Green in Indianapolis

LEED certified restaurant is Indiana’s first
Posted September 20, 2011

KFC Corp.’s new restaurant in Indianapolis has earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We’re very proud of our eco-friendly Keystone Avenue restaurant and it is rewarding to receive LEED Gold certification,” says Roger McClendon, chief sustainability officer for parent company Yum! Brands Inc. “Not only is this the first LEED-certified restaurant in Indiana, it is the state’s first LEED-certified retail establishment."

The restaurant features a number of green design and construction features, including energy-efficient cooking equipment; low-power, long-life LED lighting; locally sourced building materials; fixtures designed for lower water use; and waste recycling (including cooking oil and plastics).

The Indianapolis project is part of KFC’s global environmental stewardship efforts which include the E3 initiative: Economically responsible ways of saving Energy and being Environmentally aware.
The company also operates a LEED certified KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in Northampton, Mass.

KFC Corp., based in Louisville, Ky., has 15,000 KFC outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world.