Discovery, aka "the number-one nonfiction media company" and recent purchaser of Treehugger, now has legit green digs. LEED-EB stands for LEED Existing Buildings, but the certification standard has recently undergone a renovation to LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Up until now, the LEED-EB Platinum certification has been pretty rare, but we’ll see if that changes post-renovation. The Clinton Library got a Platinum and so did the headquarters of both Armstrong and Adobe. So, it looks like Discovery’s 540,000 sf building is in good company. Here’s what they did to get the high distinction:
First, they added new lighting and HVAC controls to minimize off-peak energy use. Second, they advanced an employee engagement program to challenge and motivate recycling. Third, they installed water tanks in the parking garage to water the building’s landscape and save over 24,000 gallons of water per year. Fourth, they bought loads of carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates to become carbon neutral. Platinum certification takes a lot more than the above, but this is all I know so far. Congrats, Treehugger.