RALEIGH (June 5) – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that the firm’s recently completed Raleigh office located in the CapTrust Tower in North Hills was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. Kilpatrick Townsend is the first law firm to obtain LEED certification for its office, and just the fifth certification for commercial interiors for any business, in Raleigh. LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The firm’s Raleigh office features a number of green initiatives, which contributed to this significant recognition, including, among other investments in sustainability, the use of environmentally-friendly products manufactured by firm clients such as energy-efficient lighting by Cree and carpet tiles by Interface. The office has also incorporated countertops made from recycled materials and various energy reduction devices. Additionally, the Raleigh office has two LEED accredited attorneys, John Livingston and Jamie McCaskill.
The green initiatives in the firm’s Raleigh office are part of a sustained firm-wide effort. Initiatives include reducing the firm’s energy use by ten percent, purchasing Renewable Energy Credits to offset all of the firm’s energy use, and utilizing recycled and other sustainable supplies in its operations. Kilpatrick Townsend, headquartered in Atlanta, is also the first law firm to join the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia Program.
Gary Joyner, the managing partner of the Raleigh office, stated “Kilpatrick Townsend invests in the communities that it serves, and no investment is more important than operating your business in a manner that reduces energy use, water use, and waste, and otherwise ensures a sustainable environment and economy. We are grateful and humbled by the Gold LEED certification, which validates the many efforts that Kilpatrick Townsend generally, and the Raleigh office in particular, have made towards those goals.”
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 through a consensus based process, LEED serves as a tool for buildings of all types and sizes. LEED certification offers third party validation of a project’s green features and verifies that the building is operating exactly the way it was designed to. LEED is a point based system where building projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. For more information, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988
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