Dunkin’ Donuts has launched DD Green, a green building certification program to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. In conjunction with the announcement, the company celebrated the grand opening of a DD Green-certified unit in Long Beach, Calif., in December.

To become a DD Green-certified restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects will follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development. The stages include Site Development, Store Efficiency, Healthy Indoors, Sustainable Operations, and Innovation and Community. The program provides a brief synopsis of each strategy goal, plus specific educational information, guidance and metrics to achieve with the design and construction teams.

DD-Green-PlaqueThe focus at each stage is on sustainable strategies and practices, including the mitigation of construction pollution and waste recycling, installation of energy-efficient LED light fixtures and mechanical units, water-saving plumbing fixtures, implementation of healthy environments with indoor air quality management and use of zero-VOC paints, and required sustainable building operations training for employees.

Franchisees can achieve two different levels within the program — DD Green, where stores meet minimum sustainable requirements, and DD Green Elite, where stores reach beyond to achieve additional suggested sustainable goals.

Dunkin’ Donuts plans 100 new DD Green-certified restaurants by the end of 2016.