Pennsylvania Office Depot Facility Earns LEED Certification

Newville, Pa. Office Depot earns LEED certification for sustainable design featuresAn Office Depot distribution center located in Newville, Pa. has been awarded LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for displaying environmentally sustainable features and operations.

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services that helps customers save time, announced that its 600,000 square-foot distribution center located in Newville, Pa., received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED CI is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.

“Office Depot is committed to environmental stewardship and the conservation of natural resources,” said Ed Costa, vice president of construction for Office Depot. “We make sustainable choices wherever possible, so when we first leased the Newville facility, achieving LEED CI certification from the USGBC was one of our top priorities. We are immensely proud of all that we accomplished to attain our goal.”

Features of Office Depot’s LEED CI certified distribution center include:
• Parking spots designated for van and carpools, and Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs).
• Low-flow urinals and lavatory faucets.
• A high-efficiency split HVAC system.
• Large-scale stratification fans that facilitate an even distribution of air flow.
• Carbon dioxide sensors that monitor the air.
• Fresh air circulation throughout the facility.
• Finishes that are zero- or low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emitting.
• Wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verified for chain-of-custody.

Over the past five years, Office Depot has consistently built and operated environmentally sustainable stores and facilities. Office Depot opened its first LEED for New Construction (NC) Gold certified store in Austin, Texas, during the summer of 2008, and has since registered 32 LEED for Commercial Interior (CI) stores, of which 15 have been certified. The global headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., was LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Gold certified in 2010. In 2012, Office Depot plans to have a LEED CI certified Sales Center and will design and build stores based on the USGBC’s LEED CI Retail program.

For more information on Office Depot’s environmental strategy, please visit www.officedepot.com/environment.

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