New York, 22 May 2018 ─ Bloomberg L.P.’s headquarters at 731 Lexington Avenue in New York has been LEED® certified to the Gold level for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) for existing buildings. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program is a rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Bloomberg partnered with Vornado Realty Trust, the building’s manager, to achieve this certification. LEED O+M addresses efficient and optimum use of energy and water resources, purchase of environmentally preferred products and food, waste stream management and ongoing indoor environmental quality. The LEED rating system provides guidelines for building maintenance and cleaning, material use, and recycling programs, as well as system upgrades to improve energy, water consumption, and indoor environmental quality.
“LEED has been a critical component of our real estate strategy since 2008. Certifying our offices to the rigorous LEED standards enables us to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and provide transparency for our employees and stakeholders around the world,” said Michael Barry, Head of Sustainable Business Operations at Bloomberg. “We are extremely pleased that our global headquarters has been certified LEED Gold.”
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Bloomberg and Vornado demonstrate their leadership through the LEED certification of 731 Lexington Avenue.”
This is Bloomberg’s 38th project certified under a third-party environmental standard to date. We have achieved LEED Platinum (the highest level) at 17 projects and LEED Gold (second highest level) at 20 projects. Our LEED portfolio contains offices in all Bloomberg operating regions on six continents. Additionally, our new European headquarters in London has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating.
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In addition to LEED O+M certification, our headquarters at 731 Lexington Avenue has achieved LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors for our expansion onto floors 21- 29 in 2012. The building also achieved a Fitwel 3 Star Rating in 2017. Fitwel is the leading global health certification, evaluating evidence-based strategies in buildings that support human health.
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