By Malloy Peterson, vice president of marketing, Carter
ATLANTA (July 06, 2011) – Carter is pleased to announce its involvement in helping Georgia Power achieve LEED EB certification for its headquarters located at 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. Through sustainable strategies in energy and water use, product selection, and building operations, Georgia Power has been awarded LEED Certification. LEED is an internationally recognized building certification system, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, promoting sustainable building practices. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
This achievement is the result of a collaborative effort between Carter’s program development services and property and facilities management teams. Jonathon Barge, Vice President, served as the LEED administrator and the building team led by General Manager Kelly Furr documented the building’s sustainable features. Carter has worked on over 30 LEED projects. This effort continues Carter’s longstanding relationship with Georgia Power.
“Carter enjoys a great relationship with Georgia Power and we are very proud to help them achieve this prestigious certification,” said Barge. “Georgia Power’s dedication to sustainable initiatives continues to drive down building operational costs and improve employee health and safety.”
LEED certification of 241 Ralph McGill included many green building operations and maintenance programs. A comprehensive recycling policy diverts 100 percent of electronic waste and nearly 60 percent of total building waste from landfills and includes a composting program for food and landscape waste. Plumbing fixture upgrades achieve a 10 percent reduction in water use. Georgia Power’s SmartRide program reduces conventional commuting trips by employees by 17 percent. Nearly 80 percent of cleaning products and 66 percent of the building’s ongoing consumables meet strict sustainable criteria. The facilities team continues to improve energy performance for the Energy Star rated building through system upgrades and the ongoing solar demonstration project, which promotes solar usage in Georgia. The energy produced from the solar arrays offset building energy use and contribute to the building’s carbon emissions reduction efforts.
“Because Georgia Power provides services and products to help our customers become more sustainable, including green energy and numerous energy efficiency programs, it only makes sense for us to show our customers we are making our operations, including corporate activities, as sustainable as possible,” said Don Swinford, corporate facilities manager.