Metropolis Magazine 2021 Planet Positive Awards
As McDonald’s Corporation accelerates its commitment to reach Net Zero Emissions by 2050, we are pleased to announce that Metropolis Magazine has awarded the inaugural, Planet Positive Award’s top honor to the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship restaurant.
The Planet Positive Awards seek to honor those projects that embody a holistic effort to do good in the world through sustainable actions. 150 applications from projects around the globe included planet affirming design. Using Cross Laminated Timber and solar panels, the groundbreaking, LEED Platinum McDonald’s Chicago Flagship excelled in the criteria for energy performance and generation of renewable energy on site. This learning lab within the hospitality industry, provides an equitable experience for patrons and puts sustainable design, front and center.
In addition, the McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World Resort garnered a Planet Positive Award in the South Region as a new vision for a global brand. This quick service restaurant seeks to achieve Net Zero Energy and uses a narrative approach to teach patrons to be environmental stewards.
“Because McDonald’s serves and delivers food to local communities around the world, they have an opportunity to use their unique assets — their restaurants and supply chain — to set an example of deep corporate responsibility and to inspire other companies and communities to do likewise. Its decision to commit to a net-zero future matters because it will deliver results at scale and build momentum ahead of COP26 where we need more companies, governments, and other actors to do the same,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “By leveraging the latest science in accounting for agricultural emissions, this commitment paves a path for other large food companies to follow. No single company can solve the climate crisis. But commitments like this that raise ambition and push forward critical areas of climate science can create lasting results.”
“We are humbled to share this honor with McDonald’s for their deep commitment to building sustainably. Pairing environmental aspiration, energy performance and design excellence together is no small accomplishment. Both the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship and the Global Flagship at Walt Disney World Resort, takes these contradictory ideas and puts them in harmony” said Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Design Principal at Ross Barney Architects.
To view a full list of winners in all categories, visit here.