VSP® Vision Care headquarters awarded second LEED®-EBOM Platinum Certification
April 20, 2012
Highest certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Rancho Cordova, CA
– April 20, 2012 – VSP® Vision Care
announced today the second of four buildings on its Rancho Cordova, CA, campus has been awarded Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings (LEED-EBOM); the highest level possible and only currently awarded to 24 other buildings in the nation.
“VSP is committed to being a model of energy and resource efficiency,” said Steve Hibbs, Director of VSP Corporate Services. “Earning our second platinum certification demonstrates our on-going efforts to create a healthier world for people to see.”
HQ4, VSP’s second LEED-EBOM platinum certified building, underwent a number of changes to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return.
Efforts that led VSP to attaining Platinum LEED-EBOM certification included:
- Development and implementation of plans to support high performance building operations while protecting wildlife and providing a clean, well maintained and safe building exterior.
- Light pollution reduction.
- Creating programs to encourage employees to use alternative commuting transportation.
- Installed low-flow plumbing fixtures and altered landscaping and irrigation to reduce water consumption by 30%.
- Created a sustainable purchasing policy inclusive of purchasing Organic Coffee and Teas and changing to 2BU vending machines to provide employees with variety of healthy and sustainable products.
- Installed highest rating filters on all HVAC equipment.
- Installed sub-metering equipment to track energy usage.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “VSP continues to be an example of efficiently using our natural resources to make an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The rating system was designed by leading experts in the construction industry to promote buildings that are economically profitable, environmentally friendly, healthy and productive places to work.
HQ1, VSP’s first LEED-EB platinum certified building, was awarded certification in 2008. Additional notable efforts by VSP included all four building earning ENERGY STAR certification
in 2009 and most recently being named Business of the Year
by the Sacramento Regional Transit District.
About VSP Global
VSP Global® includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 57 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity® which offers innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.
To date, through VSP community outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes® and Sight for Students®, and through relationships including those with the American Red Cross and Prevent Blindness America, VSP has invested close to $145 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 760,000 adults and children in need throughout the United States.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008.
Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.