Symantec Delivers on Environmental Commitments
Company earns second LEED Gold certification, Joins EPA Climate Leaders Program.
CUPERTINO, Calif. – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced it is continuing to deliver on its environmental commitments by implementing and participating in innovative initiatives to support its environmental strategy. The company earned its second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Additionally, Symantec joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program, an industry-government partnership which provides guidance and recognition to companies developing long-term climate change strategies.
“By continuing to meet concrete targets for comprehensive environmental initiatives, we are demonstrating our leadership in sustainability as well as our resolute commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Luigi Sciabarrasi, vice president, Real Estate and Facilities, Symantec. “Symantec will continue to pursue activities and practices that will help preserve our planet for future generations.”
Symantec earned the LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance for implementing best practices in using less energy, water, and natural resources and for improving operational efficiencies at its Springfield, Oregon site. LEED is an internationally recognized system that certifies the greenest performing buildings in the world and is a nationally accepted benchmark for building sustainability. In July 2008, Symantec’s Culver City, Calif. campus earned LEED Gold Certification for New Construction, making the Springfield certification the second LEED Gold rating the company has been awarded in under a year.
“Symantec is to be commended for its role as an industry leader in green building practices and operations,” said Dan Geiger, Executive Director of USGBC-Northern California Chapter. “Because buildings account for 40 percent of carbon emissions, achieving LEED Gold for its existing Oregon site sends a very clear message that Symantec is serious about environmental issues and is not only willing, but invested in implementing responsible building management practices.”
To earn the LEED Gold rating, the Symantec Springfield site met high standards for the building’s physical systems and building occupation and operations. Improvements were made to increase the amount of material recycled from 8 yards to 40 yards per week, enable the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to bring more fresh air into the building and reduce energy consumption, and monitor the moisture level of landscaped soil to conserve water.
Many other green practices were already in place at the facility, including the use of rapidly renewable bamboo flooring, the availability of natural light in 99 percent of the building interior, the use of Energy Star equipment, the use of recycled paper, the use of native vegetation in landscaping, and availability of locally grown or organic food in the cafe.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders Program
To further deliver on its environmental commitments, Symantec has also joined the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders program. As a participant in this program, Symantec will work to develop comprehensive climate change strategies and further commit to reducing its impact on the global environment. Companies participating in the program create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders. Climate Leaders program participating companies commit to complete a corporate-wide inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, set long-term reduction goals, and report annually on company progress to the U.S. EPA. Participating companies represent the government sector and a broad range of industry sectors from Fortune 1000 corporations to small businesses.
"We are pleased to welcome Symantec into the Climate Leaders program,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. EPA. “We look forward to working with Symantec as they establish a climate strategy and work to reduce their carbon footprint.”
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