Eastman Company's Earth Day Planting Project Highlights Firm’s Ongoing Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Pictured with staff from Citrin Cooperman are Peter Schofel, co-managing partner, Eastman Companies (far left); Ron Thomson, building manager, Eisenhower Corporate Campus (second from left); H. Jordan Guenther, director of property management, Eastman Companies (second from right); and Michael Schofel, co-managing partner, Eastman Companies (far right) Credits: Donna Gould

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Eisenhower Corporate Campus hosted an Earth Day event Wednesday, during which the building’s owners, management and tenants planted flowering cherry trees on the grounds. Company executives and building management joined employees of accounting, tax and consulting firm Citrin Cooperman to collaborated on the project that covers the 380,000-square-foot office complex located at 290 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue.

According to Eastman Companies, the Earth Day activities underscored the firm’s ongoing commitment to corporate sustainability. Eisenhower Corporate Campus recently earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for other “Green” actions implemented at the complex — an accomplishment that was celebrated during the Earth Day event.

“Corporate responsibility and sustainability are among Eastman Companies’ core values,” Eastman Co-managing Partner Michael Schofel said. “We continually strive to reduce our carbon footprint and remain at the forefront of global green initiatives. Earning LEED Silver certification demonstrates our commitment to providing a high-performing and environmentally sound workplace for all our employees and tenants.”

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The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to ecological building and construction, recognized the Eisenhower Corporate Campus for satisfying LEED prerequisites and earning points to achieve different levels of certification. The LEED certification signifies that the buildings at Eisenhower Corporate Campus save money and resources, have a positive impact on the health of occupants, and promote renewable, clean energy.

“LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance identifies and rewards current best practices and provides an outline for buildings to use less energy, water and natural resources; improve the indoor environment; and uncover operating inefficiencies” USGBC says.

Eisenhower Corporate Campus, along with its joint venture partner Long Wharf Real Estate Partners of Boston, Mass., is one of the few multi-tenanted office buildings in the state to achieve the prestigious LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Eisenhower Corporate Campus scored 50 points out of a possible 110 for a number of strategies related to water savings, energy efficiency, innovation in operations and indoor environmental quality applied to the building over the past several years.

Among these strategies was the completion of a solar installation project designed to provide green power, reduce the building's carbon footprint and lower operational costs.

“The project consists of 1793 solar-array modules that produce 500 kW (DC capacity) and 420 kW (AC capacity) of sustainable energy,” Eastman Companies says. “About 60 kW (480V) of the total system was placed on a prominent hillside near Eisenhower Corporate Campus while the remaining panels sit atop the building's roof.”

Some other “green actions” executed at Eisenhower Corporate Campus included adding four electric car-charging stations and installing a building energy management system, installing energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the complex, upgrading the building’s cooling towers and installing low-flow toilets, urinals and sinks — which have decreased water use by almost 70 percent.

The complex now also uses environmentally friendly construction materials, energy-efficient lighting and water-conservation fixtures to recycle all waste materials during demolition projects. All of these actions were among the criteria USGBC recognized for the certification — including Eastman Companies’ initiative to encourage tenants to become engaged in the complex’s conservation goals.

The new LEED Silver certification leaves corporate tenants at the complex with confidence that the building owners and operators continue to be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Eastman Companies and its affiliated companies have been in business for 37 years and are recognized leaders in high-quality real estate developments with property throughout Northern New Jersey. The company boasts a portfolio of more than two million square feet of office, retail and industrial space located in Essex, Morris, Bergen and Burlington counties.

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