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Applebee’s Opens New York’s ‘Greenest’ Restaurant



With rooftop rainwater harvesting and waterless urinals, American restaurant chain Applebee’s will be opening the greenest restaurant in New York City—according to New York Post.

The eco-friendly outpost—that cost US$4 million to build (US$1 million more than a conventional Applebee’s)—will be the first eatery to receive a gold in LEED-certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

It will also be equipped with: a white roof to keep it cool in summer and save on air-conditioning costs; LED lights with motion sensors to switch off when no one’s around; recycled carpeting; bamboo-made chandeliers, countertops and bar; and energy-efficient appliances that use one-third less gas to run.

Its ‘waterless’ urinals will save about 40,000 gallons of water a year, and will use rainwater, collected in a tank system on the rooftop, for flushing—while its plants will be watered and fertilized automatically.

Applebee’s green restaurant will be opening its doors on 10 December in East Harlem.




[via New York Post, images via Inhabitat]
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