*NEWS*STAPLES TO BUILD ECO-FRIENDLY STORE

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*NEWS*STAPLES TO BUILD ECO-FRIENDLY STORE

 user 2007-10-01 at 11:00:00 am Views: 37
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    Staples to build first eco-friendly store
    September 2007 — Miami (FL): Staples is strengthening its environmental efforts by breaking ground on Miami’s first green retail building later this week.
    The retailer is working alongside the City of Miami and MK Real Estate Group on the new store, which will be the first eco-friendly retail building in its chain.MK Real Estate Group is building the Biscayne Boulevard store in compliance with the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative. It hopes the building will achieve LEED silver certification standards, a voluntary independent green building rating system. Buildings meeting the criteria minimise negative environmental impacts and maximise energy efficiency and sustainability.

    Royce Reed, regional VP of sales and operations for Staples stores in South Florida, said: “Staples is committed to sustainable business practices throughout our organization, and we make it easy for customers to make a difference for the environment – what we call EcoEasy. Sustainable building design helps us conserve natural resources, reduce waste and create a healthier environment for our local communities. It’s also good, smart business. When completed, the 2121 Biscayne Staples will make it easy for customers to get the office products and services they need, including many eco-friendly products and recycling offerings.”The store’s design will have improved energy performance by installing a highly reflective roofing system to help ‘heat island effect’, which contributes to higher city temperatures. The design also aims to reduce the strain on municipal water and Florida aquifer reserves by collecting rainwater through rooftop gutter systems and installing waterless urinals as well as low-flow toilets.Tom Hicks, VP of LEED at the US Green Building Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see a company like Staples making a commitment to green building. Green buildings are environmentally responsible, healthier for the building’s users and employees and are more profitable structures.”