Gap Old Navy Store Goes LEED In Texas

In Fort Worth, Texas, Gap Inc. is celebrating its first LEED certified building, an Old Navy retail store. This store is the first of the mega-retailer’s many locations to take this honor, in recognition of its focus on energy efficient systems and sustainable building practices.

Old Navy store #5785 took LEED Silver, joining a relatively short list of familiar franchise names now sporting a certified green building or two. These  include–within the apparel industry–Kohls, Coldwater Creek, and L.L. Bean.

Old Navy Fort Worth

image via Gap Inc.

Will Gap continue to focus on green building in future stores, or is it simply testing the waters here? No word yet on that, but if you have any questions about LEED certification, the Fort Worth Old Navy store manager Emily Phillips would have you know that she’s learned a lot about energy saving operational systems since she started at this new location.

LEED takes a whole-building approach to certification, allowing buildings to gain points in the following green categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Locations & Linkages, Awareness & Education, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. More information on the U.S. Green Building Council’s influential green building certification system is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.