The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the Merchandise Mart with LEED Gold certification – just in time for NeoCon next week. The Mart has developed, implemented and enhanced a comprehensive sustainability program that reduces overall water consumption, optimizes energy efficiency, supports ozone-protection protocols, encourages renewable and alternative energy sources, purchases materials with less environmental impact, and eliminates sources of indoor air pollution. The Gold certification is an elevation to the Mart’s 2007 LEED Silver certification.
“The Merchandise Mart has been at the forefront of developing environmental sustainability practices for decades,” says Myron Maurer, chief operating officer, MMPI. “Our recertification efforts, resulting in an elevation from Silver to Gold, are recognition of our continued efforts.”