13 September 2011 – Coles, McDonald’s, Stockland and Rock Development Group have collaborated with the Green Building Council of Australia to develop custom-built Green Star rating tools outside the scope of the current Green Star system.

GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew said the four companies now have exclusive use of the Green Star – custom tools and will be registering projects to achieve Green Star ratings.

“Now that their Green Star rating tools have been approved, we can expect to see Green Star-rated McDonald’s restaurants, Coles supermarkets, Stockland retirement villages and mixed-use developments like Loop in Canberra  in the near future,” Ms Madew said.

Director of Workplace Safety, Design and Supply for McDonald’s Australia Michael Dimech said: “We are looking forward to gaining Green Star certification. We constantly strive to be an environmentally responsible business and this is the latest step in our journey towards environmental sustainability,’’

Coles property director Greg Chubb said: “For a number of years Coles has been working to reduce store energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through better technologies and store design.

“Our new Green Star rating tool will help us formalise, measure and benchmark our energy reduction initiatives across our store network,” Mr Chubb said.