Yesterday, we announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) awarded us as LEED® Certified for our headquarters building, in Sterling, Virginia. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, high performance buildings.
This certification is a great honor and recognizes us for the management of our overall energy consumption, water efficiency and material use during the construction process on our new headquarters. We have a corporate history of green behavior and this recent certification is a huge reward for the entire team.
“Receiving LEED certification is the culmination of two years of careful design and planning. This achievement demonstrates Neustar’s commitment to environmental consciousness and is consistent with our organizational values. This was made possible through the efforts of our Neustar Facilities Team in conjunction with our design firm Interplan of Washington D.C.,” said Bryan Carter, VP of Procurement & Commercial Real Estate at Neustar.
To become LEED certified, we were required to submit in-depth data supporting the annual operational efficiency of the new building. We received the LEED rating system – LEED CI v2009 Certified certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies into the overall building design.
LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED was established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
This certification is part of our larger commitment to corporate responsibility in the communities in which we operate. This responsibility includes a focus on the environment, ethical corporate behavior, community involvement and industry participation.
For example, I was happy to discover that here in Sterling (where I’m based) we work with a local farm co-op so that our employees can have shares of vegetables delivered every week to our HQ—a perk I plan on taking advantage of this summer.
Additionally, Loudoun County and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce recognized Neustar as a Certified Green Business in 2010. Last year, they awarded us the “silver” rating for their Green Business Challenge, solidifying Neustar’s position as a local green business leader.
Scott Blake Harris, our general counsel and senior vice president of External Affairs summed it up best. “At Neustar we believe being energy efficient is good for business and the environment.”