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Green Offices: Is the world in our hands?

05.17.11

Green by principal: Carpool – or, go virtual and don’t commute at all!

Choosing to utilize an executive office suite or virtual office may reduce your carbon footprint! Think of it like a carpool – where the executive office is the vehicle and its office tenants are its passengers – but much more comfortable (we’re talking spacious luxury vehicle).

Shared meeting rooms, for instance, allow for maximum usage without wasting space and energy. Furthermore, those who opt for a virtual office eliminate the need for physical office space altogether. Often working from home, virtual clients are energy efficient simply by not generating carbon that would otherwise be emitted by daily commuting. Whether you choose office space or a virtual office you’ve chosen an energy efficient route.

Green by Design:

In the past few years, both buildings in which we operate have been recognized for excellence in efficiency. In 2010, both the Chevy Chase Pavilion and the WWF Building were awarded the Energy Star label for operating efficiency. Both the WWF Building and The Chevy Chase Pavilion have acquired LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification requires looking into operational practices that minimize environmental damage.
We are very excited to report that 1250 24th Street, NW, the World Wildlife Fund building, was awarded Platinum status, earning 69 points total with 64 needed for the Platinum level. The WWF building is only the third in the city to achieve platinum LEED status.
In addition, as of September 2010, the WWF Building, home to our West End offices, is outfitted with the third largest green roof in Washington, DC. What is a ‘green roof’, you ask? The WWF’s roof doubles as a habitat for 27,750 square feet of locally grown plant life. Among the plant life are eleven types of sedum plants, which are known for their capacity to hold water and therefore the ability to reduce strain on the local sewage system. The green roof is also designed to lower the building’s heating and cooling operations, which saves money and energy. This is particularly pertinent as “heating, cooling and powering office space are responsible for almost 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.”, according to Time.

The WWF Building’s roof overhaul, partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a step toward reducing our industry’s carbon footprint. The building is a contemporary demonstration of green-design, and we’re proud to operate under its (green) roof.

Written by AdvantEdge Staff

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