April 19, 2010
Avondale Verizon Wireless Store Earns LEED(R) Gold Certification for Green Design and Construction
Store is the first LEED certified project for Verizon Wireless in Arizona
CHANDLER, Ariz., April 15 /PRNewswire/ — The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Avondale is the first in Arizona and among the first Verizon Wireless retail locations in the nation to secure LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Avondale store’s design optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality and reduces waste through responsible procurement and construction practices.
Among the environmental benefits the store offers:
– Energy Savings: 51% percent less energy consumption thanks to high efficiency lighting. Energy savings and carbon reductions from energy management system and Energy Star equipment including sales terminals and HVAC system. Estimated 26,000 gallons per year in water-saving through installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
– Material Reuse: recycled-content materials used in the store, including in ceiling tiles, flooring and display fixtures.
– Phone Recycling: the store is a collection point for the company’s HopeLine® phone recycling program. Collected phones are disposed of in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy or refurbished for resale and reuse. Proceeds from HopeLine support local victims of domestic violence and local non-profit advocacy agencies. Employees can also recycle paper, glass, plastics and aluminum on-site.