Michigan Plaza was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.
“Green buildings have always made good business sense due to the resulting long-term energy
savings,” said Steve Hennessy, vice president and general manager of MB Real Estate. “However, just as significant as the cost savings, is the number of tenants factoring green policies in their decision making process.”
This recent certification recognizes the numerous sustainability improvement measures implemented by ownership and MB Real Estate. LEED-EB Gold is a prestigious rating given to existing buildings for maximizing operational efficiency and minimizing environmental impacts.
Green actions initiated at Michigan Plaza include:
- Implemented water efficiency solutions, expected to reduce consumption by 4.05 million gallons annually.
- Diverted 22,176 pounds of furniture and electronic equipment solid waste from landfills as a result of the recycling program.
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions resulting in 1,436 metric tons of CO2 saved annually.
- Developed tenant outreach efforts to provide education on sustainable practices.
- Implemented a green cleaning policy.
- Recycled 80% of construction materials.
- Achieved an Energy Star designation.
“Obtaining LEED certification required a tremendous commitment and team effort,” continued Hennessy. “We want to thank our tenants, our LEED consultants at Goby and our staff for their efforts and dedication in obtaining the LEED-EB Gold designation.”
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated. Green buildings are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy
places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 18,000 members and a broad portfolio of LEED® green building products, educational programs and services.
MICHIGAN PLAZA EARNS PRESTIGIOUS ENERGY STAR AWARD
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the building engineers and management staff, Michigan Plaza has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance for a second year in a row with a score of 84; six points up from 2011’s score of 78.
Michigan Plaza joins approximately 3,200 buildings nationwide that have earned the Energy Star. The Energy Star rating reflects Michigan Plaza’s use of about 26 percent less energy than average buildings of comparable size, while still providing quality service and comfort to occupants.
Organizations earn the Energy Star by using the EPA’s national energy performance rating system to generate energy-efficiency ratings for their buildings on a scale of 1 to 100, relative to similar buildings across the country. The rating system is available for office buildings, schools, dormitories, hotels, hospitals, and grocery stores, warehouses, apartments, and manufacturing plants among other commercial buildings.
Energy Star is a government-backed program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. More than 3,200 buildings have earned the Energy
Star since the program started in 1999. The program has buildings in all 50 states, representing more than 575 million square feet of real estate.
In the U.S., energy loss from commercial buildings represents almost 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006 alone, with the help of Energy Star, Americans saved $16 billion and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 27 million vehicles.