|Staples Biscayne Boulevard Store Receives Coveted U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold Certification|
"This certification is truly momentous and serves as an inspiration for other building developers to see how it is possible to make a difference while growing our city," said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, an active champion for sustainable development in Miami. "Staples and the developers, Michael Katz and Bill Biondi, are setting a new level of excellence we hope others will soon achieve."
LEED is a voluntary independent green building rating system and is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Buildings meeting LEED standards minimize negative environmental impacts and maximize energy efficiency and sustainability. Previously, Staples announced that its Biscayne Boulevard store was the first-ever green retail building to be LEED registered in Miami, which has since prompted other retailers to register and seek certification. The Staples store addresses the following LEED standards:
"From day one, our customers have praised our store's efforts to deliver office products, technology and services in an environmentally friendly way," said Ulysses Perez, Staples Biscayne Boulevard general manager. "Achieving gold LEED certification from the USGBC is a testament to the team's efforts and our commitment to making a difference in communities where our customers and associates live and work."
"We are grateful to all the members of the development team who worked especially hard to complete the project, to the City of Miami staff for their guidance, and especially to Jason Biondi, our environmental consultant, whose persistence and forward thinking made it all happen," said Bill Biondi, developer.
The entire development team includes: Architects - Hamed Rodriguez and Michael Figuero; General Contractor - Link Construction Company; MEP Engineers - Fineline Engineering; Civil Engineer - EDC Corp.; Structural Engineer - Tain Engineering; and Landscape Architect - Mariano Corral.
About Staples' Environmental Commitment
Staples long-standing commitment to sustainable business practices is based on four key environmental cornerstones: recycling, offering a wide assortment of eco-friendly products, investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy and educating customers and associates about sustainability. Through its EcoEasy commitment, Staples makes it easy for customers to make a difference for the environment by offering more than 3,000 eco-friendly products and providing everyday, in-store recycling for computers, office technology, personal electronics and ink and toner cartridges. For more on Staples environmental initiatives, please visit www.staples.com/ecoeasy.
Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With $27 billion in sales, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
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