World Bank Earns LEED Gold for Two Office Buildings

Fri, 15/07/11

The World Bank has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification for two of its Washington office buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The certification, announced on June 24, recognizes that The World Bank has implemented continuous sustainability improvement guided by LEED® standards for existing buildings.These efforts are part of the Bank’s corporate responsibility program, designed to lessen its environmental footprint for its own operations in Washington, DC and overseas.

The LEED® Gold Certification for Existing Buildings is a prestigious rating given for maximizing operational efficiency and minimizing environmental impacts. The Bank’s I Street building achieved 75 points and the other building, on 18th Street, earned 69 points. The Gold performance level is reached at 60 points under the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance 2009 rating system.

The World Bank implemented many green actions in these buildings to achieve Gold Certification. These included:

  • Diverting 100 percent of electronic waste from landfills as part of a comprehensive recycling program.
  • Purchasing renewable energy certificates equal to 100 percent of their annual energy usage.
  • Mandating the use of 100 percent green cleaning products in the buildings and on the grounds.
  • Developing multiple outreach efforts to educate and motivate building occupants to adopt sustainable practices.

In addition, The World Bank:

  • Reduced annual water consumption by 430,000 gallons for the I Street building and 360,000 gallons for the 18th Street building with water efficiency measures. The combined improvements have a payback period of about three years.
  • Documented an emissions reduction of 37 percent and 6,135 tons of CO2 equivalents for the I Street building and a reduction of 34 percent and 3,599 tons of CO2 equivalents for the 18th Street building.
  • Documented a reduction in conventional commuting trips of 73 percent for the I Street building and 59 percent for the 18th Street building.
  • Diverts more than 65 percent of the 18th Street building’s waste materials from landfills.
  • Installed adaptive plant species on a green roof on the I Street building that reduces building cooling load, storm water discharge and the urban ‘heat island’ effect.

This is the latest recognition of the Bank Group’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Other World Bank Group buildings that have recently earned LEED certification include a recently purchased building on Connecticut Avenue, and a building on Pennsylvania Avenue, both of which earned Platinum certification; and the Chennai, India building, which earned Silver certification.

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