20,000th LEED Certification issued to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

January 7, 2014- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued its 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial project, and it went to the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) plant in Knoxville, Tenn. The office and staff service spaces were certified under LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).  

The Knoxville plant is the seventh LEED-certified facility for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, based in Waterbury, VT. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, it was the world’s largest purchaser of fair trade certified coffee. It allocates a portion of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.
“The 20,000th LEED certification belongs to an organization that shares our social and environmental values,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "This is an important milestone in our mission to drive market transformation in the built environment to practices that make healthy, high-performing buildings a fact of life.”
As the world’s most widely used green building rating system, LEED guides the design, construction and operation of 10.5 billion square feet of commercial and institutional space globally. LEED-certified spaces use less energy, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment.
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