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First McDonald’s becomes  Certified Green Restaurant®

BETHESDA, MD – The first McDonald’s, located here at River Rd., earned a sustainability certification from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) as a Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant®. It earned 95.78 GreenPoints® in the environmental categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals and pollution, and disposables. It also eliminated use of Styrofoam and began a full scale recycling program. Additionally it added 100 percent LED lighting, high efficiency pre-rinse sprayer and hand sink aerators, Energy Star equipment, Metro Cards to encourage greater use of public transportation, and also removed paper towels from its public restrooms.