According to Reuters, a Gurnee, Ill. Chipotle Grill recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification and a Minnetonka, Minn. store is awaiting its own nod of approval from the U.S. Green Building Council, possibly making it only the second restaurant in the state to get such recognition.
Designation require rigorous attention to building design features, location, water efficiency, energy savings, sustainable construction practices and waste/recycling strategy, as well as suitable air quality.
Businesses seeking LEED certification are evaluated by these criteria on a 100-point scale. Certification is broken down into four categories based on how many points you have: platinum, gold, silver and certified. The Red Stag Supper Club in Minneapolis was the first restaurant to be certified, in 2007, with a silver rating.
The Minnetonka Chipotle is located in the Ridgedale Mall.