Staples has upped its commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. In a first for the chain, it has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its store on Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Staples also has been recognized by the EPA as one of the nation’s leading users and purchasers of green power (
Staples’ Miami store addresses LEED standards in a variety of ways, including improved energy performance. A highly reflective roofing system contributes to the store’s increased efficiency while also reducing the “heat island effect,” which contributes to higher city temperatures.
Other sustainable features include:
- Indoor temperature controls that adjust based on occupancy load and external weather conditions for effective energy management and thermal comfort;
- Rainwater collected rooftop gutter systems, reducing the strain on municipal water and Florida aquifer reserves;
- Waterless urinals and low-flow toilets reduce water usage;
- Use of only low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and other building products, contributing to superior indoor air quality;
- Use of 100% native plants and shrubs in landscaping to protect and restore habitats;
- Preservation of non-renewable, virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials during the construction process;
- Encourages alternative transportation by being located close to light rail and bus lines and offering changing facilities and bike racks; and
- On-site recycling facilities.