Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED green building program recognizes buildings that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. The LEED certification has four ranking levels — Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified — and the level of certification is determined by the number of required and voluntary “credits” each building meets. LEED credits can be achieved in areas such as energy, atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location/transportation, water efficiency, and materials/resources.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. has earned LEED certifications for three of its facilities that underwent construction, expansion, and renovation since 2014. When we applied for LEED certificates, we focused on not only energy efficiency of the building but also other environmental contributions based on local requirements. In February 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters building in Melville, New York earned LEED Gold. It allows employees to charge their electric vehicles free of charge, and the building “footprint” was designed to maximize natural, open space on the property. In September 2014, the company's Distribution Center in Atlanta, Georgia earned LEED Certified. Solar panels were installed on the roof and “plug-ins” were installed to supply electricity to operate air conditioner at driver's room in a truck, which reduce CO2 emissions from trucks idling while waiting at the dock. In May 2015, the Canon Experience Center, in Costa Mesa, California earned LEED Gold. To create the renovated facility, more than 95% of the existing building was reused, which reduced the environmental impact associated with new building materials and construction waste. Moreover, 75% of construction waste was recycled.
Our buildings are a statement to our customers and communities that Canon cares about the environment. Environmental consideration was key when planning our new Headquarters building, because its scale (more than 700,000 square feet) meant it could have a potentially large impact. The result was an efficient building that also offers benefits to employees, such as walking trails across the open campus and special parking for efficient vehicles. Since then, we've continued to expand our efforts with LEED, with our Distribution Center in Georgia becoming the first site worldwide to achieve LEED in a new category for warehouses and distribution centers, and our Canon Experience Center in California conserving resources through reuse and recycling of materials. Canon U.S.A., Inc. is dedicated to sustainable practices for years to come.
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