While McDonald’s Australia has implemented a number of green building initiatives, one area of current focus is water retention and landscaping policies at the restaurants. These actions address the company’s environmental concerns and impacts related to the drought that has affected most of the country.
The revised design guidelines educate contractors and field personnel on issues such as water conservation, the use of native and drought-resistant plantings, and advanced storm water retention methods. The guidelines also seek to reduce irrigation and maintenance costs and build awareness of McDonald’s Australia’s commitment to addressing the drought conditions and broader environmental impacts in Australia among the public. Rainwater tanks are now a standard in all new restaurants and are used for toilet flushing and irrigation. McDonald’s Australia has also branded these with its environmental logo to highlight to the public its commitment to sustainability.
Some water-conservation technologies in use at McDonald’s Australia restaurants include low-flow spray nozzles, dual-flush toilets and extensive native landscaping and water conservation improvements through smart irrigation practices. These landscaping guidelines were recently updated to include:
- A stronger environmental focus reflecting current community attitude
- More detailed site planning and water-sensitive urban design
- More options for restaurant refurbishment