We’re proud to be one of the first companies to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. This commitment is helping us operate with greater efficiency, reducing our impact on the planet and stabilizing our costs over time.
As we work toward our goal of achieving Net Zero status at each of our owned facilities in North America by 2015, we’re able to leverage the valuable insights we’ve gained through our participation in the LEED program over the past seven years.
To date, 23 of our facilities have achieved LEED certification, 17 of which are certified at the LEED Platinum level, ranking them among the most environmentally sound buildings in the world. Once our facilities achieve LEED certification, we apply for recertification every three years to ensure our practices are in line with the latest green building advancements.
Our offices in San Jose and San Francisco, California, account for 43 percent of our over 3 million square feet of occupied real estate, and they’ve become the standard by which all of our facilities are measured. From 2002 to 2012 in San Jose and 2007 to 2012 in San Francisco our efforts have resulted in the following improvements.