Office Depot will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for all new Office Depot retail stores, beginning in June 201, officials with the office superstore announced.
“As a retailer with store locations opening around the country, we have a great opportunity to make a difference on the overall environmental footprint of today’s businesses,” said Chuck Rubin, president of North American Retail for Office Depot. “Office Depot takes that role very seriously and have therefore decided to LEED CI certify all of our new store locations going forward. We are confident that this initiative will benefit our customers, associates, suppliers and other stakeholders.”
According to Rubin, 14 new Office Depot store locations will be LEED CI certified, starting with the Company’s newest location in Austin, TX, which is scheduled to open in June 2010. At each of these locations, Office Depot will look to mirror the energy and monetary savings seen at Office Depot’s first LEED Gold-Certified store in Austin, TX, which opened in April 2008.
“The energy savings realized at our first Austin store location has been even greater than what we had originally expected,” said Edward Costa, vp/Construction for Office Depot. “We intend to continue to make our stores as energy efficient, water efficient and cost efficient as possible. With LEED CI we are now able to ‘green’ all of our store locations – regardless of whether we build it ourselves or take over an existing building.”