New environmentally-friendly McDonald's in Garfield Heights opens

McDonald's location uses geothermal, solar power

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - The new McDonald's in Garfield Heights is now open and one of only a handful of the restaurants in the country that features an array of high-tech systems that make it very environmentally friendly.

"We have applied some of the latest earth-friendly technologies," said owner Bob Jursich, Jr.

Some of the new energy features at the Rockside Road location include:

- A geothermal system using 10, 425-feet deep wells that helps provide heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.

- Active tiles on the exterior of the building that break down pollution and help clean the air.

- Two large awnings consisting of 341 solar panels that produce more than 85,000 watts of electrical power.

- A 650-gallon cistern that captures rain water and recycles it back into the landscaping.

- Solar tubes above the customer counter that funnel sunlight into the restaurant.

- State-of-the-art LED lighting for the interior.

- Landscaping that uses plants that are drought resistant and native to the area.

- Seating that was created using recycled plastic Coke bottles.

Many of the systems can be monitored on a large flat screen television by customers as they wait to place their order.

Jursich, who owns several restaurants in the chain, said he wanted this one to be special.

"It's good for the environment, it's good for the bottom line, and maybe someday my daughter will be happy that I did something positive for the planet."

All during the month of May the restaurant will offer special menu pricing.

Last year, McDonald's announced a $1 billion investment to redesign the majority of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants by 2015.

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