FedEx Sets LEED Green Building Goal

The most obvious way you might imagine FedEx could cut back on energy use is by greening up its fleet – and we’ve seen it do some of that. But a giant shipping company necessarily has giant buildings, and the company is looking to save in that area as well, announcing that all its new FedEx Express facilities in the United States will be LEED certified.

The company’s new Las Vegas FedEx Express facility kicked off the program. FedEx said it gained LEED Gold status by reducing indoor water use by 49 percent through low flow plumbing fixtures and trimming energy use by 42 percent over a typical building through the use of skylites and evaporative cooling. In fact, some three-quarters of the facility’s “regularly occupied spaces are sunlit to reduce the need for electric lights and provide better workspaces,” the company said.

FedEx announces LEED certification

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FedEx said the Las Vegas facility includes a package-sorting warehouse, vehicle maintenance bay and an office building. “That’s a lot of variables to work through,” said Stephen Mangin, project architect with FedEx Express.  “In addition to the water, energy and waste reduction benefits, the natural lighting throughout is a huge workplace environment bonus.”

FedEx also said that upgrades had earned its Memphis headquarters LEED Gold certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System. The company has its own internal environmental program as well, called EarthSmart Solutions, which encourages “team members to identify innovative solutions and programs that go beyond industry standards to reduce our company’s environmental impacts.”

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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