Avon goes for gold with green HQ

By Pooja Kondhia

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Cosmetics giant Avon has acted to reduce its environmental footprint and meet its own green guidelines by ensuring its New York headquarters meets the LEED rating system.

Aiming for the gold level, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines were applied to the design, construction and operations of the building.

Avon is committed to sustainability across our business enterprise, and our Green Building Promise ensures that we continually work to minimize the impact of our buildings worldwide​,” stated Louise Matthews, vice president, global real estate, Avon.

Green building promise

Launched in early 2011, the Green Building Promise​is a global commitment to achieve at least a ‘certified green’ level in every major new construction or significant renovation project, and to aim for a higher level such as gold or platinum, or the local equivalent, wherever possible, according to the company.

The LEED gold headquarters in New York City follows other Avon facilities worldwide that have met the certification standards of LEED or equivalent local ratings, including,

  • Ecobranch Distribution Center in Medellin, Columbia; gold.
  • Distribution Centers in Cabreuva, Brazil and Zanesville, Ohio; both gold
  • R&D Center in Shanghai, China; platinum certification
  • Administrative headquarters in Northampton, UK; a “Very Good” rating under the BREEAM system (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)

LEED is a green building certification system, which provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built to enable energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and improved indoor environmental quality.

Avon claims to have been supporting sustainable practices as part of its overall Hello Green Tomorrow environmental stewardship for years.

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