Veolia Environnement Achieves LEED® Certification for its North American Headquarters

06/24/10  • Mixed

CHICAGO, June 24, 2010 – Veolia Environnment’s North American headquarters in downtown Chicago has been awarded Gold Level LEED® certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings.

“This is the culmination of a process to make environmentally responsible choices in both design and construction for our North American headquarters,” said George Farr, senior executive vice president of Veolia Environnement North America Operations. “We decided to pursue LEED certification in early 2008, before the site selection process began, to demonstrate our commitment to creating sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions.”

The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. Located in downtown Chicago’s AON Building, Veolia Environnement’s (VE) office space was certified through the LEED rating system for Commercial Interiors, the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. The system is the recognized method for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.

“We decided during the earliest stages of design to enhance the office setting for our employees and to reduce the impact on the environment from both a construction and operations standpoint,” stated Farr. To ensure success, VE partnered with experienced design and construction companies including OWP/P Architects Inc., with a team of LEED Accredited Professionals, a LEED certified design firm; Leopardo Construction, a general contractor with extensive experience in LEED construction; and Steelcase, a furniture manufacturer with the highest commitment to preserving the environment.

In addition to incorporating designs to reduced water and electricity usage and utilize renewable materials of construction, the VE team also achieved Innovation in Waste Handling. VE’s waste services division, Veolia Environmental Services, teamed up with Leopardo Construction to recycle and reuse over 91% of the waste generated during the construction of the office space.

VE continues to actively participate in initiatives that promote sustainable practices. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index (DJSI STOXX). An onsite, volunteer “Green Team” further supports these initiatives through employee activities and communications.

Based in Chicago, Veolia Environnement North America is the leading provider of sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management and passenger transportation, delivered by 30,000 North American employees.

Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 312,000 employees in 74 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of almost $50 billion in 2009. Visit the company's Web sites at and
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