The new corporate headquarters of Morristown, N.J.-based Covanta Energy Corp. has received gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which is designed to recognize environmentally friendly buildings.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved LEED gold certification at our corporate headquarters,” said Paul Gilman, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Covanta, in a press release. “At Covanta, the nature of our business and the culture of our organization provide a constant focus on sustainability, so when the opportunity arose to design a new corporate headquarters space, electing to incorporate sustainable design and construction methods was a natural step for us to take.”
The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED certification on four levels. In order from lowest to highest, the levels are: certified, silver, gold and platinum. LEED certification is a measurement of such factors as a facility’s energy efficiency, water usage, carbon dioxide emissions, indoor environmental quality and overall impact on the surrounding area.
According to Covanta, the building reduces energy consumption by using only ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and reduces water consumption through the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
Covanta operates 44 waste-to-energy facilities worldwide.