We typically use this blog to talk about the importance of integrated development environments or operationally responsive environments. But just in time for Earth Day, today I want to focus on another type of environment.
Our global headquarters in Bedford, MA recently earned LEED certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB O&M) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Just 1% of existing buildings have accomplished this level of environmental leadership, according to the USGBC. In Massachusetts, only 11 buildings have achieved this level of LEED certification; Progress owns two of them.
Buildings account for 40% of primary energy use and 39% of CO2 emissions. So, the performance of existing buildings everywhere is an important step toward corporate environmental stewardship.
Congratulations to our facilities team, and thanks for helping us make environmental progress. If you have time, please take a minute to read our sustainability initiatives report which outlines how we lowered our energy & water consumption and reduced GhG emissions.
We’re all pitching in to celebrate Earth Day with a slew of activities around the globe – from hosting locally-made sustainable products at Earth Day fairs, to getting our bikes tuned up and clearing bike paths, to displaying the artistic earth inspirations of employees’ children.
How are you celebrating Mother Earth?