24 July 2012–
So now we can eat McDonalds and feel good about it. The fast food chain has made one of its outlets, at Kilsyth South in Melbourne Australia’s first restaurant to be recognised with Green Star certification, earning a four star Green Star Custom Design rating.

Among its achievements were energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, a rainwater capture system for irrigation and to flush toilets, solar panels and the use of more sustainable building materials including recycled concrete and steel, low-volatile organic compound paints to improve indoor environment quality and drought tolerant landscaping, the Green Building Council said.

GBCA chief executive, Romilly Madew said:  “Restaurants previously fell outside the scope of the Green Star rating system, so the collaboration with the GBCA now means that McDonald’s can join the league of Green Star leaders.”