Our Norton Shores headquarters has once again received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for Operations and Maintenance (O+M). We want to thank everyone who made this possible.
Getting recertified is no easy task. The criteria for meeting LEED standards are constantly becoming more stringent. For example, this year we were judged against the newly-created LEED Version 4.0. This last set of standards opened up a new category in environmental building certification – “Warehouse and Distribution Centers.” We are proud to announce that we are the first facility to ever be awarded a Gold LEED Certification in this category. Yes, you read that right – the first ever.
This recognition is a testament to the dedication shown by the entire team here at Nichols to continuously improve our energy conservation and overall sustainability. Since our initial LEED Certification in 2010, we have reduced our energy usage by another 23% and over 50% since our initial commitment to minimizing our environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions. We also had 87% waste diversion because of our recycling and composting efforts.