On Monday, an Applebee’s restaurant on East 117th street became the first in the city to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Gold certified, an award given out by the United States Green Building Council for buildings that are designed to be efficient and have a low impact on their environment.
Some of the eco-friendly features built into the restaurant include systems that harvest rainwater & sunlight, waterless urinals and a “living wallâ€ — a vertical indoor garden. The roof has been painted white to help keep heat down during the summer. While most Applebee’s locations cost around $3 million to build, the extra “greenâ€ features added an extra $1 million to the final construction costs.
Apple-Metro, the local Applebee’s franchisee who owns the restaurant, announced the 350 seat location in a statement in October.
“We felt it would pave the way for all other restaurants to move towards making environmentally-conscious upgrades,â€ said CEO Zane Tankel in a statement. “It’s about being a good neighbor, both locally and globally.â€