31% of the building's water use was reduced by using low flow faucets. That translates to 21,700 gallons saved each day; which is the same amount of water as an Olympic swimming pool, every month.
The building's long access is oriented NW to SE to ensure the longest portion of the building can collect “Passive Solar Energy”. Unlike “Active Solar Energy”, “Passive solar” does not require use of a mechanical system, and utilizes the building's orientation to naturally heat and cool it.
45% of the carpet and 70% of the ceiling grid materials are made from recycled content; both contribute to less virgin material being used in the building.
The building diverts 15 yards a week of mixed recycling. That amount encompasses the area of an entire soccer field each year.
30% of the building’s lighting power was reduced through the use of energy efficient lighting products and use of daylight to light the building.
Each electric vehicle space reduces the carbon emission by 1,000lbs a year. In providing four EV stations, we are reducing the CO2 emissions by 4,000lbs a year.
Carpooling decreases greenhouse gas emissions as a result of reducing your carbon footprint. Driving your car 21,000 miles a year emits 23,600 lbs. of CO2. The fifteen carpool spaces provided reduce our CO2 emissions by 354,000 lbs. per year.
In the US, 40% of all trips are two miles or less, and 90% of those are taken by car. If one in every eight people switched to biking to work our CO2 emissions would drop by 20.3 million tons a year. We contribute to those CO2 decreases by providing bike storage for 8% of our employees.
Take LEED home
Switch all incandescent bulbs to CFLs. CFLs are lighting the way to a brighter and more sustainable future. These bulbs use 1/6 of the energy of a standard incandescent bulb and can reduce your home’s energy costs by 50-70%.
Unplug your phone charger when not in use. Phone chargers draw power when not being used. This “phantom power” adds up to 5% of our nation's power bill.
Less is more. Use natural heating and cooling for your home. What is natural heating and cooling you ask? Simply using your mechanical system less, and utilizing the natural temperature to help achieve your desired in-home conditions. Open the blinds and windows to let light and heat in during the winter. During the summer, keep your blinds and windows shut to secure the cooler air indoors.
Try Composting. This natural process decays organic waste into nutrient-rich material that can be used in the garden. 60% of what we put in landfills can be diverted by composting.