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 user 2007-10-01 at 11:01:00 am Views: 41
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    Staples to build first eco-friendly store
    2007 — Miami (FL): Staples is strengthening its environmental efforts
    by breaking ground on Miami’s first green retail building later this

    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.”