Arby’s Earns LEEP Campaign Awards For Energy Efficiency In Parking Lot Lighting
ATLANTA, June 30, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), yesterday received two awards from the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign in recognition of efforts to improve energy efficiency at Arby’s® restaurants through outdoor lighting initiatives. Arby’s received the “Highest Percentage Savings in a Parking Lot (Retrofit)” and “Best Retail/Commercial Parking Facility” awards during a ceremony at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 2015 Every Building Conference & Expo in Los Angeles.
The award is a result of significant efforts by Arby’s, with support from lighting partner Regency Lighting, to reduce electricity consumption in the parking lots of 92 company-owned restaurants. As part of Arby’s award-winning Efficiency Matters program, high wattage metal halide lighting was replaced with more efficient LED lighting in 1.7 million square feet of restaurant parking, including 3,490 parking spaces. The retrofit resulted in an average 53 percent reduction in energy in participating Arby's restaurants. The lighting campaign at Arby’s continues to expand, with more than 100 company-owned restaurants scheduled to undergo the retrofit by the end of 2015.
“Parking lot lighting is a key initiative within our Efficiency Matters program,” said John Bowie, Chief Operating Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “With energy savings of more than 50 percent, we look forward to extending the retrofit to more Arby's restaurants across our system. Energy efficiency has become a way of life at Arby’s, and we will continue to implement programs that help us meet and surpass our goals.”
The LEEP Campaign is a program offering free guidance and recognition to facility owners interested in implementing energy-efficient lighting solutions in their parking lots and structures. In its second year, the LEEP Campaign Awards recognize participants with high-achieving parking facilities.
Arby’s lighting efficiency efforts are a key component of the brand’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy to be a “ResourceFULL™” corporate citizen. In 2012, Arby’s launched Efficiency Matters, a holistic sustainability program designed to improve efficiencies in Arby’s restaurants and reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and community impacts. The program was recently named by Environmental Leader magazine as the 2015 Top Project of the Year.
Energy efficiency programs at Arby’s have resulted in 11 percent total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant since 2011, paving the way to a goal of 15 percent energy reduction by the end of 2015. Additionally, as a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, Arby’s has extended its goal to making the entire company-owned portfolio of buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
Luke DeRouen I 678-514-4552 I PR@arbys.com
Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the first nationally franchised sandwich restaurant brand, with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide. The Arby’s brand purpose is “Inspiring Smiles Through Delicious Experiences™.” Arby’s delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft™ with a variety of high-quality proteins paired with crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes. Arby’s® restaurants are Fast Crafted™, a unique blend of quick-serve speed and value combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the franchisor of the Arby’s Brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit Arbys.com for more information or socially connect with Arby’s at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.