Dunkin' Donuts opens 'green' store

by Keith Nunes
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified store in the St. Petersburg area. The company broke ground on the new store in May 2008 and it features environmentally-friendly initiatives, including energy efficient insulated concrete foam walls to reduce air conditioning usage by as much as 40%, energy efficient lighting, water efficient plumbing and the usage of well water rather than potable water for all irrigation.

"At Dunkin’ Donuts we are committed to growing our business in a way that is both achievable and sustainable for our company, our franchisees, the communities we proudly serve and the environment," said Will Kussell, president and chief brand officer for the company.

In addition to the energy efficient store infrastructure, the prototype store also features a recycling program, reusable mug program, hot drinks served in paper cups made from renewable resources and a food donation initiative that will donate leftover baked products to a local food bank.

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