Twenty years ago when the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was formed, there was not a single project certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Today, there are more than 102,000 projects currently participating in LEED, which is a globally-recognized green building program.
That’s real change, and the kind of sustainable energy management change the Verizon Foundation seeks to accelerate through research partnerships and philanthropic investment. To that end, the Verizon Foundation served as the platinum sponsor of the USGBC Arizona Chapter’s second annual Heavy Medal Awards luncheon. This event celebrated green building innovation and accomplishments in the Grand Canyon State in 2013.
Among the many educational and government institutions and public and private businesses honored by the USGBC Arizona, Verizon Wireless earned two Heavy Medal awards for stores in the state of Arizona. The company’s Chandler-based Crossroads Communications Store and Mesa-based Super Power Communications Store were recognized for receiving LEED Silver Certification last year.
Each of Verizon Wireless’ more than 100 LEED-certified stores across the nation optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality, and reduces waste.