Our Green Initiative
Our green initiative started on June 22, 2009, when Solar Innovations® moved to Pine Grove, PA. Solar moved into the custom designed and built facility which was evaluated on all fronts, and in particular, against LEED standards and “Green” Business Practices. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building System is the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Due to months of hard work and dedication, the Solar Innovations LEED team granted 62 points towards the LEED Certification. As a result, Solar received the gold status. Solar Innovations® was awarded official LEED Gold Certification, February 23rd, by the USGBC, for its Pine Grove campus.
LEED GOLD CERTIFIED FACILITY
Eco-friendly LEED objectives incorporated into our new facility’s design are:
- Parking for energy efficient and carpool vehicles
- Bike racks
- Refurbished furniture
- Photovoltaic Panels
- A cistern collecting rain water
- CFL Light Bulbs
- Complete recycling program
Beyond these LEED factors, Solar Innovations® is making environmentally conscious building choices like low VOC paint and replaceable carpet and ceramic squares to continue making the new facility greener than our previous location. In addition, motion sensor lights also help to control energy use. The facility uses recycled content paper products, foam soap, and green cleaning products.
As a result, our company strives for LEED Platinum Certification in Maintenance and Operations, in addition to Cradle to Grave certification.
Furthermore, to increase environmental awareness and assist our customers in achieving Green Building initiatives, such as LEED certification, the company is providing additional information on how our products help this environmentally-friendly objective.
Visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s website at www.usgbc.org to learn more about how you can make LEED work for you.