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Carlisle, LLC, a Wendy’s franchisee and Better Buildings Challenge partner, recently achieved its water-reduction goal through a variety of efficiency measures and monitoring. Carlisle joined the Better Buildings Challenge in 2016 with a commitment to 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2026. Carlisle also joined the Water Savings Network in 2019 and committed to a 20 percent reduction in water use by 2029. Carlisle has surpassed its water efficiency goal by achieving a 28 percent improvement in water-use intensity across its building portfolio, seven years early.
Carlisle took a range of steps to achieve its water reduction goal across its building portfolio of 400,000 square feet comprised of more than 150 restaurants spanning seven states. The franchisee added irrigation water taps to accurately monitor domestic usage and avoid unnecessary irrigation sewer fees. Carlisle also replaced water-cooled ice machines with remote condenser ice machines. The company also increased monitoring of their water usage bills across all locations, focused on leak detection at high-water-usage locations, and it coordinated with water departments for sewer credit requests.
More than 400 Wendy’s company-operated restaurants along with its Showcase Project, the Restaurant Support Center in Dublin, Ohio, have reached water savings goals, making the brand a leader in food service water efficiency. Carlisle is the second Wendy’s franchisee to achieve its water reduction goal, and one of 19 Wendy’s franchisees joining the Better Buildings Challenge.
Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management.
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