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Adobe Earns Additional LEED Platinum Certification



Adobe Systems Incorporated is the world's first commercial enterprise to achieve three U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) platinum-level certifications for energy and environmental design excellence.


Adobe Systems Incorporated is the world's first commercial enterprise to achieve three U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) platinum-level certifications for energy and environmental design excellence.
 
Adobe's East, West and Almaden headquarters towers in downtown San Jose have all received platinum certification from USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Building (LEED) program.
 
"The LEED certifications are a validation of Adobe's ongoing efforts to promote environmental stewardship and create healthy work environments for our employees," says Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe. "We are proud to have achieved this level of success through our green practices and hope our accomplishments will serve as a role model for the global business community."
 
Platinum certification of Adobe's Almaden and East Towers was based on ratings in six categories: sustainability; water efficiency; energy efficiency and atmospheric quality; use of materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovations in upgrades, operations and maintenance.
 
"With the certification of Adobe's Almaden and East Towers, Adobe has again raised the bar for other companies seeking to introduce sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices into their facilities," says Rick Fedrizzi, founder, president and CEO of the USGBC. "Not only has Adobe achieved the highest environmental honor for a commercial building with the West Tower Platinum certification, but these two additional certifications make Adobe the only company in the world to have three LEED Platinum buildings."
 
To achieve Platinum certification of the East and Almaden Towers, which opened in 1998 and 2003 respectively, Adobe invested approximately $650,000 for energy and environmental retrofits since 2001. These retrofits have resulted in approximately $728,000 in savings to date, for a total return on investment of approximately 115 percent, according to USGBC. Working with facilities management firm Cushman & Wakefield, Adobe implemented a variety of projects, including: installation of drought tolerant landscaping, installation of an irrigation system linked to local weather stations which automatically adjusts according to real-time weather conditions; and use of sensors to monitor carbon monoxide levels and adjust operation of building exhaust fans accordingly. Adobe also increased its use of outdoor air and enhanced the overall maintenance of its air systems, resulting in better indoor air quality.



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