Wendy's energy efficiency recognition continues - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency  -  October 10, 2016

Wendy's wins 2 awards for efficiency upgrades

The Wendy's Co. recently received two environmental awards for its efforts to dramatically reduce energy usage at its restaurants.

Having already been cheered by the U.S. Department of Energy recently for its efforts, these two awards further validate the restaurant chain's successes in energy efficiency. Given by the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking, or LEEP, campaign, Wendy's was recognized for the highest percentage energy savings in a parking lot lighting retrofit and for the largest absolute number of facility upgrades, according to an Oct. 10 news release. 

The LEEP campaign is supported by the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the International Facility Management Organization, the International Parking Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with the DOEs' Better Buildings Alliance. These organizations collaborate annually to recognize real estate owners who have achieved exceptional performance in parking facility energy reduction through high-efficiency lighting and controls.

"At Wendy's, we're setting bold goals that are brought to life in the way we plan, design, engineer, construct and operate our restaurants. These awards recognize this long-term commitment to energy conservation and sustainability," Wendy's Chief Development Office Abigail Pringle said in a statement. "Not only are we focused on bettering our own corporate-level energy efficiency, we're doing so in a way that will affect thousands more in our franchisee-operated restaurants."

More than six years ago, the company built two LEED certified restaurants to gain learnings and explore the possibility of incorporating energy conservation efforts in new and existing restaurants, the company said in its news release. Wendy's has also accelerated progress in reducing energy use by implementing more than 1,100 individual energy upgrade projects at more than 550 restaurants, saving millions of kilowatt hours. 

The LEEP campaign is an annual award and guidance program that encourages the use of high-efficiency lighting technology in parking facilities in order to save money and energy resources. 

"The Wendy's Company's project represents one of the best-in-class retrofit parking lot facility lighting projects in the United States," USGBC Director Paul Wessel said in a statement. "By implementing high-performance energy-efficient lighting systems, companies like Wendy's are not only cutting energy use and maintenance costs, but helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global electricity consumption."

For more information on Wendy's energy efficiency strategies, head to the Better Buildings Solutions Center. Better Buildings is a Smart Energy Decisions content partner

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