VENTURA, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Patagonia, the outdoor apparel
manufacturer, announced today that the company's Reno Service Center, was
recently honored with the GOLD level Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
With this esteemed certification, Patagonia's distribution center becomes
only the second distribution center in the U.S. to hold such a title.
Patagonia's Service Center is the first building in the state of Nevada to
achieve a Gold LEED certification. Across the U.S., only 171 buildings hold
the impressive gold LEED certification -- making the recognition even more
The recently expanded and remodeled Reno Service Center was specially
constructed with the help of local architectural firm Tate Snyder Kimsey
Architects and General Contractor, Trammell Crow Construction, and the
advice and direction of a numerous key subcontractors, to help mitigate the
building's effect on the environment, which is part and parcel of the
"Building the new service facility was a challenging but rewarding
process that allowed us to evaluate, select and install newer technologies
that result in a far superior working environment while following
sustainable building practices," notes Dave Abeloe, Patagonia's
distribution center director, "These technologies provide greater energy
savings, improved water conservation and storm water management, increased
day-lighting opportunities and incorporate the extensive use of recycled
Patagonia incorporated some of the following characteristics to achieve
Gold certification: 100% of building electric power is supplied by
renewable power; improved energy performance that results in 47% energy
cost savings; specialized water technologies that result in a 42% reduction
of potable water and 50% of irrigation water; 93% of construction waste was
recycled during remodel; 95% of all in-house waste is recycled and over 50%
of all wood materials are FSC certified. To learn more about the
environmental- friendliness of the center, please visit the below link.
Patagonia has also prepared a short video titled, What Makes A Building
Green, which can be viewed at this same page:
Patagonia, with sales last year of over $260M, is noted internationally
for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism.
Incorporating environmental responsibility in to product development, the
company has, since 1996, used only organically-grown cotton in its clothing
line, and its most recent launch of synthetic fiber-to-fiber recycling --
taking back its worn-out clothing and reincarnating it as new products,
forever capturing the petroleum used in making virgin fiber.