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    First 'Green' KFC-Taco Bell Opens

    New Yum Brands restaurant aims to cut energy consumption by 30 percent vs. typical location.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Yum Brands Inc. opened its first environmentally friendly KFC-Taco Bell restaurant in Northampton, Mass., and is looking to gain the company's first LEED certification, Business First of Louisville reported.

    The building is part of Yum Brands’ E3 Initiative, which focuses on the energy, environment and economics of the company's buildings. The new restaurant aims to cut energy consumption by 30 percent vs. a typical KFC-Taco Bell restaurant.

    To do this, the location utilizes more natural light, LED lights, recycled materials in countertops and insulation, and several devices to reduce water consumption. The company also purchased renewable energy credits for the restaurant, the report stated.

    Louisville-based Yum Brands is the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants.

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