Staples Promotional Products Achieves Platinum LEED Certification for Environmentally Preferable Office Design and OperationsDecember 14, 2011
Staples Promotional Products, a business-to-business division of Staples Inc., and the largest promotional products distributor in North America, announced the achievement of important environmental milestones at its St. Louis office. In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, the office has attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification—the highest level available in the LEED ranking system.
Staples Promotional Products' St. Louis office was certified under the LEED for Commercial Interiors program, which recognizes "high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint." More than 100 Staples Promotional Products employees work out of the 25,000 square foot office.
The St. Louis facility includes several unique and environmentally preferable building characteristics. The building is a converted gear manufacturing factory, originally built in 1957 and restored over an 18-month period with more than 90 percent of the building's original shell used in the renovation. More than 75 percent of the furniture was reused from previous building projects, and all installed wood products are Forest Stewardship Council-certified. Half of the building's electricity comes from renewable sources, and ninety percent of ENERGY STAR-eligible equipment is ENERGY STAR rated.
"We're excited to have attained this certification and proud to have our associates working from a location that prioritizes health and environmental sustainability," said Rich Witaszak, vice president and general manager, Staples Promotional Products. "Our LEED Platinum rating underscores Staples Promotional Products'—and Staples' overall—commitment to environmentally preferable practices in all aspects of our operations."
In addition to its own LEED-certified offices, Staples Promotional Products also works with its customers to support their branding and sustainability goals. Customers can opt for environmentally preferable practices across all stages of their promotional campaigns: from product selection—spanning corn-based mugs, reusable shopping bags, organic apparel and more—to printing, packaging and delivery.
For more information, visit Staples Promotional Products' website.