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From Site Selection magazine, January 2012

Green Shoots

Mert Livingstone
Mert Livingstone
IAMC Chair

"Sustainability is embedded in our culture."

That's what my colleague Tish Lascelle, Johnson & Johnson's senior director environment, health and safety, says in "The Green Imperative" feature found in this issue of Site Selection. She and Jed Richardson, Johnson & Johnson's global energy director, offer some great insights into how a company's environmental, energy, efficiency, community and cost priorities can converge for the betterment of all.

As they note, J&J will be asking for public sustainability commitments from our key suppliers as part of our goals for 2015. We also have committed to attaining LEED certification for any new facility requiring an investment of $5 million or more, and have focused just as strongly on existing facilities, including our LEED GOLD (existing building) headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J. It certainly appears that LEED principles of green building are now embedded in most corporate real estate and facilities leaders' approach. Just flip through the pages of this or any recent issue of Site Selection for proof.

I'm writing this from one of the greenest places on this earth: Brazil. In addition to its famous rainforests, it's a place primed for growth in so many areas, from life sciences to energy. And its leaders are looking to manage it all as sustainably as possible.

As we move forward in our daily work, as well as our IAMC 2020 initiative, it only makes sense to ask how embedded our individual and collective notions of sustainability are, or can be. Beyond the physical environment, there are broader implications to social impact and community commitment.

I've been especially pleased to see how enthusiastically IAMC members have participated in recent community service events at our Professional Forums, including a river cleanup in Philadelphia and the reconstruction of a trading post at a Native American reservation near Albuquerque. My thanks to Rick Little, past IAMC chair and director, real estate for Weyerheuser for his leadership in launching this new volunteer opportunity as part of our IAMC Professional Forum experience. You should plan to come and get involved with Rick and his community service committee in Austin, as they look to built a native plant garden in the Colorado River Refuge and to host a children's art sale on the Forum site to benefit those affected by the catastrophic fires in the area last year.

Sustainability principles also apply to honorably negotiating a new lease agreement or incentives deal down the street or in the state next door — perhaps in a novel reimagining of an existing facility. In fact, sustainable thinking can apply to just about everything we do in corporate real estate and facilities organizations.

There's no denying the growing level of energy and engagement of industrial asset managers in helping to lead their corporations' sustainability programs into the future. You might call us green shoots. Here's hoping your engagement in IAMC sustains and gives energy to your working life and relationships in 2012.

Mert Livingstone
IAMC Chair

From Site Selection magazine, January 2012

Honda Leads the Way with 11 Green Buildings

Honda Canada’s new headquarters in Markham, Ontario has earned LEED-Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

onda Engineering North America, Inc.'s Powertrain Division in Anna, Ohio, and Honda Canada, Inc.'s new head office in Markham, Ontario, have each earned LEED certifications, bringing to 11 the number of LEED-certified Honda facilities in North America, the most LEED-certified buildings of any automaker. The facility in Anna provides manufacturing tooling design and engineering support for the production of engines at the adjacent Anna Engine Plant, the largest automobile engine plant in Honda's global production network.

The expanded facility is now equipped with cool-roof materials, more energy-efficient lighting controls and advanced indoor-air-quality management systems. Water conservation measures in the facility include the use of low-flow toilets and bathroom fixtures, which have reduced the building's water use by approximately 30 percent from earlier levels. Annual CO2 emissions from the facility have been cut by approximately 470,000 pounds.

Honda Canada's new 138,000-sq.-ft. (12,820-sq.-m.) head office, one of three buildings on the company's 53-acre (22-hectare) campus in Markham, utilizes a north-south orientation along with an energy efficient underfloor air-distribution system and a heat-reflective white roof to reduce energy consumption. Innovative water management at the new facility has reduced potable water consumption by 44 percent, compared to the company's previous facility. Also, landscape design provides for on-site storm water treatment through the use of bioswales and water collection.

Ahead of the Game

The company began building its LEED credentials in 1999, when its Gresham, Ore., parts warehouse and service training facility became the first mixed-use industrial building in America to achieve LEED-Gold EB (Existing Building) certification. That facility is now LEED-Platinum certified. Other facilities in the fold include:

  • American Honda data center in Longmont, Colorado, the first LEED-Version 2.2. Silver-certified data center in the U.S.;
  • American Honda parts consolidation center in Troy, Ohio (LEED-Gold);
  • American Honda Finance Corp.'s Mid-Atlantic Region facility in Wilmington, Del. (LEED-Gold CI for Commercial Interiors)
  • Honda R&D Americas, Inc.'s Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif.; its Marine Engine Research Facility in Grant-Valkaria, Fla.; and its central plant facility in Raymond, Ohio (all LEED-Gold);
  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC's welcome center at its new auto plant in Greensburg, Ind. (LEED);
  • Honda Aircraft Company, Inc.'s world headquarters, R&D facility and the home of the HondaJet very light jet, in Greensboro, N.C. (LEED-Gold).
Honda Fit-EV electric vehicle next to a GE WattStationTM electric charging station, powered by Honda-developed solar cells. Honda added to its environmentally friendly credentials in November when it installed its own solar-cell technology at its motor sports engineering facility, Honda Performance Development, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The 100-kilowatt, 800-cell array of thin-film "CIGS" solar panels will power several areas of the facility and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 60 tons per year. In Japan, where Honda first began selling its CIGS solar cells in October 2008, Honda is utilizing Honda Soltec solar cells in 15 facilities, including most of its factories and major R&D facilities, with a total output of 2.5 megawatts.

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