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LEED Platinum-certified Chipotle Mexican Grill

July 13, 2009
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GURNEE, IL — A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant, complete with its own wind turbine, was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level, the highest offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to Greener Buildings.
Chipotle, which began constructing eco-friendly restaurants in 2001, has two LEED-certified locations with two more pending, the story stated.
The 6-kilowatt wind turbine creates 10 percent of the energy needed to operate the restaurant, the story noted.
Other sustainable features of the restaurant include: Light emitting diode (LED) lighting; low-flow fixtures; Energy Star-rated kitchen equipment; and a 2,500-gallon underground water cistern to harvest rainwater, the story added.
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