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From Fast Company: Darden Restaurants: The Orlando-based restaurant giant that boasts more than $7 billion in annual sales announced yesterday a new sustainable restaurant design initiative aimed at bringing its establishments up to LEED standards. The new eco-friendly restaurants will utilize recycled building materials, natural light, energy-efficient equipment, and “reclaimed heat,” which reuses heat otherwise expelled, to help the kitchen boil water. Since the restaurant group has Red Lobster and the Olive Garden in its roster, and over 1,800 locations worldwide, even capturing a little hot air could have a big impact.

Hearst Tower: LEED Gold Certified

LEED Standards: In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly “green.”

The LEED green building rating system — developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders — is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

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