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December 21, 2011
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Staples Promotional Products Achieves Platinum LEED Certification for Environmentally Preferable Office Design and Operations

Staples Promotional Products, a business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., and the largest promotional products distributor in North America, announced the achievement of important environmental milestones at its St. Louis, Mo., office. In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, the office has attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification – the highest level available in the LEED ranking system.

What: LEED is a certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the internationally accepted benchmark for evaluating “green” design, construction and operations across different types of buildings.

Staples Promotional Products’ St. Louis office was certified under the LEED for Commercial Interiors program, which recognizes “high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.” More than 100 Staples Promotional Products employees work out of the 25,000 square foot office.

Where: Staples Promotional Products

8610 Page Ave. St. Louis, MO 63114

Why: Unique and environmentally preferable building characteristics include:

· Exterior: The building is a converted gear manufacturing factory, originally built in 1957 and restored over an 18-month period. More than 90 percent of the building’s original shell was used.

· Roof: Two 3,000-gallon tanks capture all rainwater from the roof and reuse it for irrigation. Ninety-seven percent of the roof is white to reduce heat absorption and save on cooling costs.

· Office furniture: More than 75 percent of furniture was reused from previous building projects, and 20 percent of construction and furniture materials contain recycled content. All installed wood products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified.

· Natural lighting: Natural light touches more than 75 percent of the interior work stations, and more than 90 percent of regularly occupied spaces have direct views to the outdoors. The 24-foot high ceilings feature 12 skylights.

· Office lighting: All public area and office lighting is motion sensor-activated to reduce energy usage. Work area lighting is also adjustable for occupants.

· Office décor: All paints and carpets are environmentally preferable. The office features 75 living plants.

· Water efficiency: Restrooms use low-flush urinals and dual-flush toilets to conserve water. Faucet sensors are in the restrooms, kitchen and breakroom.

· Energy: Half of the building’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Ninety percent of ENERGY STAR-eligible equipment is ENERGY STAR rated.

· Indoor air quality: The building is non-smoking. High-efficiency filters are provided on mechanical systems to ensure high indoor air quality for occupants.

· Transportation features: Bicycle storage and changing rooms, along with designated parking for carpools, are available. The office is less than 1/4 mile from two public bus routes.

Quote: “We’re excited to have attained this certification and proud to have our associates working from a location that prioritizes health and environmental sustainability,” said Rich Witaszak, vice president and general manager, Staples Promotional Products. “Our LEED Platinum rating underscores Staples Promotional Products’ – and Staples’ overall – commitment to environmentally preferable practices in all aspects of our operations.”

In addition to its own LEED-certified offices, Staples Promotional Products also works with its customers to support their branding and sustainability goals. Customers can opt for environmentally preferable practices across all stages of their promotional campaigns: from product selection – spanning corn-based mugs, reusable shopping bags, organic apparel and more – to printing, packaging and delivery.

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