Green Mountain Energy Company Headquarters Becomes First Commercial Interior in Austin, TX to Earn LEED® Platinum Certification
Nov 12, 2013
Green Mountain Energy Company announced today that its headquarters in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas is the city’s first commercial interior to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC). Pursuing sustainable design and operations aligns with the company’s goal to help make a difference for the environment by providing renewable energy to homes and businesses and reflects Green Mountain’s commitment to preserving the beauty of the city it calls home
"Earning LEED Platinum certification is the next step on our path to continuous improvement and is a natural fit for us as we work every day to ‘change the way power is made’," said Jennifer Clymer, Environmental Affairs Manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. "We consciously designed our space to be as resource-efficient as possible so that our employees know that their carbon footprint is smaller just by walking through the door"
Green Mountain worked with lauckgroup, an acclaimed interior architecture and design firm in Austin, to design the project to be both innovative and sustainable
The City of Austin has laudable environmental goals, including energy efficiency and renewable energy goals established in the Austin Climate Protection Plan, reducing per capita water use to 140 gallons per person per day, and diverting 90 percent of its waste from area landfills by 2040. Local businesses are working with the City to help achieve these goals through the Austin Green Business Leaders program, which aims to strengthen and promote green businesses. The City recognized Green Mountain as a Platinum Green Business Leader earlier this year, in part for the sustainability efforts we have undertaken as part of achieving LEED certification