The United States Green Building Council has awarded Silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction (NC) to the Red Lobster restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.
The 7029-square-foot restaurant is one of Darden’s first restaurants to be LEED Silver certified and features a number of sustainable design elements including recycled building materials, increased use of natural lighting, and energy efficient equipment and fixtures.
“Caring for the environment has always been a priority for Red Lobster; it’s part of our heritage,” said Red Lobster President Kim Lopdrup. “This new restaurant is an example of what we’re currently doing to make our business even more sustainable. Through these efforts, we’re able to better protect and enhance the communities where we do business, while setting ourselves up for long term success.”
The effort is part of Darden Restaurant’s Sustainable Restaurant Design initiative, which is part of the company’s broader sustainability efforts aimed at limiting business impact on the environment, while also enhancing the operational efficiency of its restaurants. Darden aims to reduce energy and water use in its 1,800 restaurants by 15 percent by the year 2015.
Darden, parent company to Red Lobster and the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in casual dining, including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.