First ecologically friendly McDonald’s in Central America opens in Santa Ana, Costa Rica

  • by Bret G. Dudl
  • 20.08.09
  • 8:00 AM UTC

Photo by Alonso Tenorio

Photo by Alonso Tenorio

By: Sergio Arce A.

Source: Tico Times

The first ecologically friendly McDonald’s Restaurant in Central America opened last week in Lindora, Santa Ana.

This McDonald’s, a $2 million investment, is designed to improve energy efficiency and conservation, according to a statement from the company. Also, it said, sustainable practices to limit waste and conserve water and electricity will be incorporated.

From the exterior, the most distinguishing alteration to the eco-friendly restaurant is the “green roof,” which hosts a small garden of native grasses and a gavace plants sprouting atop the roof. According to McDonald’s management, water accumulated on the roof is routed through a cleaning tank and purified so that it can be reused.

“When it rains, there is a drainage system on the roof that sends the water to a nearby tank,” said Diego Landero, general manager of the McDonald’s in Santa Ana. “The water is cleaned, and we can reuse it to mop the floors or clean the windows.”

The “green roof” also is used to cool the interior of the restaurant by using recycled panels to reflect the sun’s rays.

The eco-McDonald’s also has several large windows with polarized films that reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of it entering the restaurant, lowering the temperature inside.

Other conservation efforts include the use of fluorescent light bulbs, an “intelligent” lighting system that adjusts interior light levels in response to the amount of light entering the building and a recycling system set up through the municipality of Santa Ana.

The ecological McDonald’s is the first in Central America and the third in the world. The other two are in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Currently, none of these restaurants are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Landero said that, after a month or two of operation, the restaurant will be inspected to determine if it meets USBGC standards. If the McDonald’s does meet the requirements, it will be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. At that time, will become the first official ecological McDonald’s in Central America.

Despite the aesthetic alterations to the building design, visitors will find the usual McDonald’s menu and packaging.

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6 Responses to “First ecologically friendly McDonald’s in Central America opens in Santa Ana, Costa Rica”

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1zoe graham

    please send more articles similar

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1jujubeeeees

    building an eco-friendly McDonalds is the equivalent of the fat lady ordering a diet coke with her 2 big macs and supersize fries…but hey, at least its a start.

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  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Matt B

    It’s disappointing to hear people say things like “this is a start.” It’s not a start. This is the same pattern of technological distraction that has brought humans to the dangerous place they are in right now. What’s fundamentally destructive about McDonald’s is cheap meat raised on destroyed land through grossly inefficient agricultural practices. Festooning a building with green, architectural wizardry does nothing to address the root problems with McDonald’s. It’s classic greenwashing, where companies pander to consumer environmental trends on the cheapest, most superficial level. Stop eating meat, stop eating over-packaged foods, and what would McDonald’s have left? Well, I guess they wouldn’t have enough customers or money to decorate the roof of their restaurant with plants. Come on people, don’t be fools. The way forward involves tough choices. Real choices.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1jujubeeeees

    i said it was a start, not for mcdonalds as a corporation, but for other builders in general to follow in those footsteps. things are going to get built, people are going to eat meat. you can’t change a whole society overnight. change takes time and sometimes starts small. if something is going to be built, its better to do it with the environment in mind. yes, its still ridiculus (hence the statement about the fat lady and her coke) but even if it is small, it IS a start…

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1James Co


    This news is encouraging. People who are pessimistic about this project may only comes to realize the good effects much later.

    Can you refer me to the supplier of the POLARIZED FILM used in this outlet? We may opt to use this in our video outlet.

    Thank you.

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