The Hearst Tower is LEED Platinum certified.
by Kara DiCamillo
Categories: Arts/Culture.
Photo: Ben Bryant/Shutterstock.com

With the Hearst Corporation celebrating 125 years in business this month, the company just announced that the Hearst Tower is now the first commercial building in New York City to achieve LEED certification in two separate sectors. The company’s Manhattan headquarters was recognized for achieving both LEED Gold for new construction and was also upgraded to LEED Platinum, from Gold, for the operations and maintenance of its existing building. No other commercial building in New York City can claim LEED Platinum status.

If you’ve been inside the tower or have seen it from the sidewalk it’s definitely an impressive site. When the Hearst Tower reopened in 2006 it received its first LEED certification and became one of the first green buildings in New York City. Over the past few years it has reduced its energy consumption by a whopping 40% and is now in the top 10% of commercial buildings in the U.S.

“As we begin to celebrate a remarkable 125 years since our company was founded, this certification of excellence is the most fitting tribute to William Randolph Hearst for it embodies everything he stood for, and reflects the company’s commitment to being grounded in the past and inspired by the future,” Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. said in a press release.

We were also impressed by a few other things:
- The company reduced total waste going to the landfills by 82%.
- The Hearst Tower is the first commercial office building in New York City to adopt an extensive composting program which composts 100% of its wet food waste.
- Hearst has 100% use of reclaimed non-potable rainwater for hardscape/sidewalk cleaning and controlled water usage throughout the building that has reduced water usage at Hearst Tower more than 30% annually.
- 90% of the Tower’s structural steel contains recycled materials.
- 26% less energy is used than in a building constructed to standard building code.
- The roof collects rainwater, reducing the amount of water dumped into the City’s sewer system during rainfall by 25%.

As a leader in the media industry with 15 daily and 37 weekly newspapers, hundreds of magazines around the world, and 29 television stations, Hearst has certainly set an example. With the company’s commitment to green initiatives they have set an example for other companies in New York City and around the world.

Via: World News Report

About Kara DiCamillo

Kara began her writing career with TreeHugger.com in January 2005 and is also a contributing writer for TriplePundit, 1-800-RECYCLING.com, Sierra Club Green Home, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch. Beyond the moat that surrounds her Newport, Rhode Island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director.

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