Suppliers are important in obtaining green status

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Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility – a commitment to sustainable business policies and initiatives that reduce the impact on the environment and improve quality of life not only in the Greater Lehigh Valley, but in every community.

This region is on board with that commitment – making a concerted effort to grow its green portfolio through education and building. And one of the most impactful steps a company can take to identify practical and measurable solutions to help reduce its carbon footprint in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of its facility is to implement a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

LEED is the process of certifying a building as green through independent verification. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings.

For a building to become LEED-certified, it must meet prerequisites and achieve specified performance levels to qualify for rating points. These standards provide verification that a building project meets the high-performance standards for green buildings.

LEED certification is recognized nationwide as proof that a building is designed to be environmentally responsible and a healthy place to live and work.

Every supplier a company works with in its quest for LEED certification is critical to success.

Look for a supplier that creates and manufactures storage systems that facilitate new levels of workplace organization, allowing large footprints to be reduced while increasing open space opportunities — both critical LEED criteria. The space savings you can expect from storage also means a reduction in energy requirements and overall environmental impact.

One of the easiest ways to earn points toward LEED certification is to update storage capabilities. Installing modular storage cabinets is the first step toward making storage more efficient.

Two cabinets can store the entire contents of five units of standard shelving. That means a company can double storage capacity and free space for more productive and profitable uses. Efficient parts storage can help provide faster service by cutting retrieval time in half.

Additionally, floor space can be optimized with a high-density tower vertical lift system. Fully automated, the system uses an efficient design that minimizes reaching, bending and searching, reducing ergonomic risk to employees at the same time enabling faster part and tool retrieval.

Whether simply considering ways to reduce the carbon footprint or living and working in an environment where sustainability is the norm, daily decisions and lifestyles can help protect natural resources for future generations.

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