Nevada Only State to Offer Green Building Incentives

Patagonia's Reno Service Center Awarded for Its LEED Gold Certification

Apr 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

    RENO, Nev., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Economic Development Authority
 of Western Nevada (EDAWN) announces that Patagonia's Reno Service Center is
 the first private company in the nation to receive incentives for its
 recent Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
 certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The company received
 real property tax abatements today from the Nevada Commission on Economic
 Development of 50 percent over the next 10 years for the expansion of its
 distribution center.
     Patagonia's Reno distribution center is the first building in Nevada to
 achieve the LEED gold certification level, the second highest certification
 possible. The company's 171,000-square-foot expansion was specially
 designed to incorporate green technology and was a collaborative effort of
 architectural firm Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects and general contractor
 Trammell Crow Construction, among other subcontractors. Following
 completion of the project, Patagonia received $25,000 through Sierra
 Pacific Power Company's Sure Bet program, which helped the Patagonia design
 team identify the most cost-effective technologies available for reducing
 the building's energy requirements.
     "These green initiatives are part of Patagonia's philosophy. Doing the
 right things in business that sustain, not deplete, our environment are at
 the very core of our company. If our efforts are a tipping point for others
 to do the same, that's great," said Dave Abeloe, director of Patagonia's
 distribution center. "We realize the up front costs are a bit more, but in
 the long run, we'll recoup our investment and be true to our mission of
 reducing our impact on the earth."
     Among the green technology achievements at its Reno Service Center
 include: 47 percent energy cost savings; 42 percent reduction in water
 usage and improved storm water management; and 93 percent of all
 construction waste during the expansion was recycled. For more on
 Patagonia's Reno Service Center green building go to
     "Patagonia is an exemplary company that represents the balance that's
 possible in doing business that doesn't harm the environment while still
 producing the best products and services," said Jason Geddes, manager of
 government affairs for EDAWN. "It's a model for the types of companies
 EDAWN and our economic development partners, including Sierra Pacific
 Economic Development are looking to expand and locate in the Greater
 Reno-Tahoe area. Companies that benefit the community by conserving natural
 resources contribute to the sustainable quality of life in the region."
     In 2005, the Nevada State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 3, making
 Nevada one of only two states to mandate that all public buildings be built
 or renovated to the LEED standard. Additionally, the legislation provided a
 real property tax abatement exclusive to Nevada.
     About Patagonia: Patagonia, with sales last year of $260 million, is
 noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and
 environmental activism. The outdoor apparel manufacturer incorporates
 environmental responsibility in its product development. Since 1996 it's
 used only organically-grown cotton in its clothing line.
     About EDAWN: EDAWN is a private, non-profit corporation founded by
 community leaders in 1982. EDAWN works to recruit and expand quality
 companies that have a positive impact on the quality of life in northern
 Nevada. Reno was named the #1 Place for Doing Business in America 2005 by
 Inc. Magazine. Through a joint operating agreement, EDAWN and the Northern
 Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) provide a regional economic development
 effort. For more information, visit or contact Julie Ardito
 at 775.829.3706/ or Celeste Eisenberg at 775.829.3707/

SOURCE Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada