Can a drive-thru ever be green?

Recently, Dunkin’ Donuts opened a new store in my urban, walkable little neighborhood in St. Pete. That in itself isn’t newsworthy – new chain outlets open every day – but since the company was making sure everyone knew it was “built green,” it caught my attention.

“Green” can mean any number of things, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last decade or so, it’s to be really skeptical of corporate claims of greenitude. So I went to the Dunkin’ Donuts website in an effort to learn a bit more about what, exactly, made this store so damn special. I didn’t find it, but I did find this statement:

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