Patagonia Receives Green Building Council's Gold Certification Honor

Patagonia's Reno Service Center is Honored With Prestigious LEED Gold


Mar 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Patagonia

    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
 Patagonia philosophy.
     "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.

SOURCE Patagonia