FedEx Express has announced recently that it plans to secure LEED certification for all its operating facility in the United States. The company also said that it was adopting the standard of its Las Vegas facility— one of the company’s operating facility in the U.S. gaining the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Recently, FedEx’s operating facility— the Memphis- based world headquarters also achieved the LEED Gold certification under USGBC’s LEED for Existing Buildings rating standard.
The company’s Las Vegas operating facility is promoting sustainability through reducing indoor water consumption by 19 percent through installing low- flow plumbing fixtures, according to FedEx.
Other sustainability designs for the operating facility that helps lower its energy consumption by 42 percent such as evaporative cooling and skylights.
According to FedEx, about three-quarters of its frequently occupied rooms were sunlit to lessen the need for electric lights.
While the Las Vegas FedEx facility was being constructed, about 86 percent of all its construction waste was re-used or recycled, the company added.
According to the project architect with FedEx Express, Stephen Mangin, USGBC LEED Gold certification is an important accomplishment for the company’s Las Vegas operating facility, which includes a package- sorting storehouse, an office building, and vehicle maintenance bay.
FedEx said it evaluated USGBC LEED certification to make certain it met its own environmental objectives, which is set by its EarthSmart Solutions program. That program encourages employees to think of ways to take the FedEx’s environmental performance to go beyond industry standards.
Last April 2010 FedEx unveiled the biggest solar rooftop installation across United States at its operating facility— FedEx Ground, a distribution hub located at Woodbridge, New Jersey.