NewPage Corporate HQ Verifies with Green Globes

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NewPage Corporation is a leading producer of coated papers, and you probably have some of their products in your mailbox or magazine rack.  Recently, NewPage moved into brand new corporate headquarters, a building that’s actually the first in Ohio to achieve Green Globes verification.  Company leaders received a plaque with the a three Green Globes rating, in recognition of the building’s minimization of harmful air emissions, its use of energy and water conservation strategies, the integration of recycled materials, and its project management practices. 

Why Verify with Green Globes?

NewPage Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark A. Suwyn commented, “We chose to use the Green Globes system to design and construct our new headquarters because it helps us provide a healthy working environment to our employees while also reducing our impact on the environment and the surrounding community."  More specifically, Green Globes is web-based, cost-effective, and third-party verified.  With this building, after it was complete, a third-party building science expert reviewed the construction documents and conducted an on-site inspection.  Corporate clients can benefit from some of the advantages of Green Globes, and thereby, they can invest more money into the building, as opposed to the certification process.  Read more here

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  • Lloyd Alter

    If you read the press release linked to at the bottom of the post, you will get “GBI President Ward Hubbell presented NewPage company leaders and its design team with a plaque recognizing the building’s rating of three Green Globes at a special dedication ceremony.”

    If you google Ward Hubbell, you will find that he is also head of Hubbell Communications, a flack shop where ” we specialize in helping clients whose businesses depend on or impact the natural environment to enhance their reputation and achieve their public policy goals.” Their specialty is “creating public understanding and support for our clients’ business and public policy agendas through public relations, coalition building, and grassroots communications.”

    His client is the lumber industry which cuts a lot of lumber that isn’t FSC certified, and therefore doesn’t get LEED points, so they set up Green Globes as an alternative certification system that accepts their lumber.

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Ouch! I’m not as familiar with Green Globes as LEED, so let’s hope for the sake of healthy competition that they can get their act together. I recall the lumber groups being mad at LEED, but I didn’t realize they had a friend in Green Globes. Defeats the purpose of certification.

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