Annual LEEP awards honors organizations for cutting energy use in parking facilities.

The Wendy's Company received two environmental awards for its efforts to dramatically reduce energy usage at its restaurants. The awards recognize Wendy's for:

  • Highest Percentage Energy Savings in a Retrofit of a Parking Lot
  • Largest Absolute Number of Facility Upgrades

These awards are presented by the 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign, which is supported by the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)International Facility Management Organization (IFMA)International Parking Institute (IPI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with the Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance. These organizations collaborate annually to recognize real estate owners who have achieved exceptional performance in parking facility energy reduction through high-efficiency lighting and controls. 

More than six years ago, Wendy's built two LEED-certified restaurants to explore the possibility of incorporating energy conservation efforts in new and existing restaurants. The company has also implemented more than 1,100 individual energy upgrade projects at more than 550 restaurants. These actions have saved millions of kilowatt hours which translates into the amount of electricity needed to power nearly 1,200 average U.S. homes for a year.