Chipotle to Install Solar Panels on About 75 Restaurants
As more and more information about sustainable food sources and the importance of getting local ingredients comes to the public, fast food restaurants are being cast in a darker and darker light. Fortunately (especially for us Mexican food fanatics), there is a bright star emerging from this black hole. Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the implementation of solar power on 75 of its restaurants through a partnership with Standard Renewable Energy in Houston, Texas.
The solar panels will make Chipotle the largest direct producer of renewable energy in the restaurant industry and will hopefully influence many others. This newest sustainable initiative supplements the chain’s commitment to serving better food through more sustainable producers and designing new franchises using reclaimed materials, more natural lighting, and even rainwater collection. A few of Chipotle’s locations have received LEED certification and one has achieved LEED Platinum, the highest rating from the U. S. Green Building Council.
As for me, I love Chipotle. They have supplied me with countless stomach-bursting burritos of which I do not regret. If a chain is willing to show Food, Inc., then its fine with me. And I heard they are getting vegan chicken for you vegetarians out there. Solar power, vegan chicken, LEED certification. . . Things are starting to look a bit brighter.