Last week, Office Depot officially rolled out a plan with 40 new green initiatives to enforce its global environmental strategy. The office products and services company hopes to inspire its suppliers and customers to do the same, by offering over 4,500 items with recycled content, over one thousand energy efficient technology and lighting products, and hundreds of items certified to be made with safer chemicals.
One of the leading initiatives Office Depot is focusing on is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. With a legacy of LEED initiatives, Office Depot built the world’s first LEED Gold certified store prototype in Austin, Texas in 2008.
Now Office Depot will become the first office products company to obtain LEED certification in all its major buildings in North America. Beginning in June of this year, Office Depot will pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification for its North America stores. The company has also obtained the equivalent to LEED certification for most of its buildings in Europe.
Finally, Office Depot has announced plans to pursue LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) certification at its Global Headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. Advanced Control Corporation has helped buildings throughout Florida become LEED certified in the past twenty years. By designing, installing and servicing building automation systems, Advanced Control has helped thousands of companies to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. Through automation systems such as lighting control and access control, companies can increase energy efficiency and continually become more environmentally friendly.