The Wendy's Company


Challenge Commitment
4.9Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Use per Transaction12%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The Wendy's Company is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit

“Quality is our Recipe.”  It’s been the foundation of everything Wendy’s does since we opened our first restaurant in 1969. This belief extends far beyond the food we serve in our restaurants. It’s a philosophy we all live by.

Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, would often say, “I don’t want to be the biggest, but I always want to be the best.” He grounded this ambition in his belief of always doing the right thing for the customer, employees and the local community. It’s a promise to be mindful of the world around us and always strive to be a good steward of the environment. This same ambition and fundamental belief continues to guide our restaurant development efforts and fuels our commitment to being a good steward of our environment, today.

Wendy’s is a strong advocate of saving energy and incorporating energy upgrades into every restaurant we remodel. As it relates to our company-owned restaurants, Wendy’s and our franchisees are focused  on energy projects completing more than 1,100 individual energy upgrade projects at more than 550 restaurants in 2015 alone, saving more than 13 million kWh. That is enough electricity to power nearly 1,200 average U.S. homes for a year.  We invite you to learn more about our overall energy management philosophy on our blog:

Participation in The Better Buildings Challenge demonstrates our collective commitment to reduce energy use in our restaurants as well as to share best practices, inform, educate and encourage our customers and crew members to make similar commitments and take active steps to save energy. To that end, we are proud to share that many of our franchise partners believe in the commitments posed by the Challenge. Wendy’s is proud to be the first company to have franchisees officially join the Challenge. To date, 19 franchisees have joined, adding an additional 3.65 million square feet to our collective Wendy’s footprint. 

Wendco Group
With 42 Wendy’s restaurants in Alabama and Florida, the Wendco Group has been active in saving energy in restaurants for many years and is proud to be the first Wendy’s franchisee to join the Better Buildings Challenge. Significant energy savings are being seen through strategic energy initiatives to convert exterior parking lots to LED, using 100% LED lights in new restaurants, incorporating new ultra-high efficiency HVAC equipment, and preventative maintenance.   The Wendco Group’s showcase project in Mobile, AL demonstrates the impact on energy savings and the bottom line with strategic energy investments and a solid maintenance program.

Wend-Rockies, Inc.
The Wend-Rockies team have incorporated exterior LED parking lot lights and other energy upgrades in their restaurants.   A new restaurant is under construction today with ultra-high efficiency HVAC equipment.  This restaurant is expected to set the benchmark for the Wendy’s network in energy use in the Colorado market. 

Wendium of Florida
The Wendium of Florida team have upgraded all of their restaurants with energy saving strategies including exterior LED parking lot lights, walk in cooler and freezer EC motors, ENERGY STAR® listed fryers and energy management systems to control the HVAC and parking lot lights. 

Carlisle Corporation, Wendelta Inc.
Carlisle Corporation operates 91 Wendy’s restaurants in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Joining the Better Building Challenge in participation with Wendy’s and other franchisees allows them to springboard their post meter management commitment with proven best practice technology equipment and energy management system partnerships.

Pennant Foods
Pennant Foods is incorporating energy upgrades during major remodels including LED lighting, ENERGY STAR® listed fryers, and energy efficient ice makers.  Pennant Foods has an active test of energy management information systems at 10 of their restaurants. The Challenge allows them to collaborate with other franchisees, understand energy reduction opportunities, share best practices, and demonstrate their leadership in the community and Wendy’s organization.