MasterCard tech campus goes green

Source: MasterCard

MasterCard Worldwide today announced that its main technology campus in O'Fallon, Missouri, has achieved Gold certification in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED®-EBOM) rating system. Established

by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The 550,000-square-foot MasterCard Technologies campus, which is the company's largest facility and home to its main data center, is the first project in Missouri to earn LEED-EBOM Gold certification. The company achieved this distinction based on its responsible use of energy, lighting, water and materials, as well as the integration of numerous sustainable strategies into the daily operations and maintenance of the facility.

"We're honored to achieve this important sustainable milestone, which reflects our overall commitment to environmental stewardship and to supporting the communities where we live and work," said Robert Reeg, president of MasterCard Technologies.

MasterCard planned and constructed the campus more than 10 years ago with environmental goals and aspirations in mind. The third-party recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes numerous green operational and maintenance practices that have been implemented on the campus (see summary of actions below).

"Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like MasterCard are addressing it through local solutions."

Sustainable Practices at the MasterCard Technologies Campus

LEED-EBOM Gold Certification of the MasterCard Technologies campus recognizes numerous sustainable features and practices, including:

* Recycling about 50 percent of waste by weight, including paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic, glass, batteries, wood pallets, light bulbs, and kitchen cooking oil; 100 percent of shredded documents are recycled
* Composting all non-protein and yard waste on site
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* and yard waste on site
* Eliminating Styrofoam and disposable plastic from the cafeteria and coffee kiosks
* Using an integrated pest-management program, which relies on environmentally friendly spray chemicals and traps
* Using occupancy sensors in conference rooms and offices to automatically turn off lights
* Using dual low-flush valves on toilets and urinals
* Offering a telework program to employees where appropriate
* Using roofing material with a high-reflectance value
* Using cleaning products that meet Green Seal standards
* Using restroom paper supplies containing post-consumer recycled content
* Recycling or cleaning carpet tiles so they can be reused in the facility
* Using copy and printer paper that contains 30 percent post-consumer recycled content
* Purchasing office furniture that contains at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled content
* Installing Energy Star rated ice machines

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