Rockwell Automation has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council for significantly reducing the overall environmental impact of its landmark corporate headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. The 2.1 million square-foot building is the second-largest existing structure in Wisconsin to receive this certification from the US Green Building Council. Rockwell Automation invested $3.2 million to upgrade its corporate headquarters, starting in 2001. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The recognition culminates a comprehensive, 12-year sustainability program at Rockwell Automation headquarters, which includes combined office, laboratory and former manufacturing space. The project included physical retrofits and sustainable operational practices implemented by Rockwell Automation to reduce the environmental footprint of its corporate headquarters.
“The sheer size of the existing buildings was the most challenging – and rewarding – aspect of the program,” said Steve Strzok, Rockwell Automation facility manager. “Every part of the space had to meet LEED specifications for an operations and maintenance rating – including indoor air-quality standards, and ‘green cleaning’ procedures and products used by custodians.”
Water consumption inside the buildings was reduced by half with the installation of state-of-the-art, sensor-activated faucets and other lavatory fixtures. Rockwell Automation employees also made significant strides in recycling everything from cardboard to old office refrigerators, diverting 82 percent of the facility’s solid waste from landfills in 2012. Employees were responsible for the team being awarded additional LEED points for using alternative transportation for travel to and from work, such as carpooling and bike riding. Rockwell Automation was recently awarded the 2013 Commuter Champion Award from the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air.
The crowning feature of the environmentally friendly facility is its green roof – the largest private-sector roof in Wisconsin – that helps reduce the energy required to heat and cool the building, and annually retains 1.2 million gallons of rainwater that otherwise would runoff into the city sewer system, and eventually, into Lake Michigan.
“As the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, one of our core missions is helping customers adopt smart, safe, sustainable manufacturing solutions,” said Jeff Wolf, manager, global workplace services at Rockwell Automation. “Sustainability is also a critical factor in our success as a socially responsible corporate citizen. We’re proud that the U.S. Green Building Council has recognized our accomplishments.”
Wolf said the company’s goal is to renew LEED EB: O&M certification for the corporate headquarters every five years, and make continuous advances in building operations and maintenance.
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
Up to 18 innovative start-ups at the convergence of energy, buildings, transportation and cities will vie for recognition by some of the world’s largest companies this fall. The event, VERGE Accelerate, will allow young companies to compete for the approval of cleantech innovation leaders and investors as well as a global audience of voting professionals.
VERGE Accelerate will take place during VERGE San Francisco, October 14-17, the flagship in a global event series focusing on the intersection of technology and sustainability — in particular, the convergence of energy, information, building and transportation technologies, and the opportunities it brings to business, the environment and society. VERGE conferences bring together a diverse community of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, city officials and thought leaders.
GreenBiz Group, producer of VERGE SF and VERGE Accelerate, is partnering with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and the Cleantech Open to produce VERGE Accelerate, expanding opportunities for participation and amplifying the related work of both organizations. VERGE SF and Accelerate are part of October’s Innovation Month in San Francisco, designated by Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
“As the Innovation Capital of the World, San Francisco is proud to host the startups, investors and leaders that are coming together at VERGE San Francisco as part of Innovation Month,” said Jay Nath, San Francisco's Chief Innovation Officer. "Events like these drive solutions and partnerships for tough civic and environmental challenges that will ultimately help build our economy, generate jobs and contribute to a sustainable future."
"We are excited to be working with Greenbiz on VERGE Accelerate to advance our shared objectives of supporting early stage cleantech companies," said Erik Steeb, Executive Director of Cleantech Open Western Region. "Given the Cleantech Open mission to find, fund and foster the best in cleantech, close collaboration on VERGE is an obvious win for all involved."
“This is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to take a global stage before some of the world’s largest companies and cities seeking to invest in and adopt smart solutions at scale,” said Shana Rappaport, Director of Engagement for VERGE. “The goal of VERGE Accelerate is quite literally to accelerate market penetration of innovative technologies and new business models with game-changing potential.”
In rapid-fire pitches, participating companies are being asked to address the problem they are solving, how they are solving it and why their product or service is better than what’s currently available.
Qualifying companies must meet a series of eligibility criteria to be considered for VERGE Accelerate. More information and the nomination link can be found on the VERGE Accelerate webpage.
Featured speakers at VERGE SF include Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute), Lisa Jackson (Apple), Paul Hawken (author) and Matt Rogers (Nest Labs), among many others. For more information about VERGE San Francisco, visit www.greenbiz.com/events/verge/2013/10/san-francisco.
ABOUT GREENBIZ GROUP
GreenBiz Group’s mission is to define and accelerate the business of sustainability. It does this through a wide range of products and services, including its acclaimed website GreenBiz.com and daily e-newsletter GreenBuzz; webcasts on topics of importance to sustainability and energy executives; research reports, such as the annual State of Green Business; the GreenBiz Executive Network, a membership-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives from Fortune 1000 companies; and conferences such as the GreenBiz Forum and VERGE. For more information, click here.
ABOUT CLEANTECH OPEN
The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Their mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Of the over 700 companies with which CTO has worked in the United States alone, nearly half have gone on to raise external capital now totaling over $800 million. For more information, click here.
ABOUT THE MAYORS OFFICE OF CIVIC INNOVATION
The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) utilizes government as a platform for innovation. MOCI works closely with San Francisco residents and local creative and tech-minded communities to collectively design solutions and new approaches to long-standing challenges. MOCI has three strategic focus areas: economic development, citizen engagement, and government efficiency. For more information, click here.
Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced the renewal of its partnership with Hunger Task Force with a donation of $1.5 million over the next three years to continue support of the Kohl’s Serving Up Supper for Kids program, which provides nutritious meals to Milwaukee children in need throughout the summer months when school meals are not available. The donation comes from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.
“Kohl’s and Hunger Task Force share a commitment to children’s health, and we applaud the work Hunger Task Force is doing to provide balanced, nutritious meals to local children in need,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “We are proud to be in a position to continue to support the Kohl’s Serving Up Supper for Kids program, which has proved to be of great value to the community.”
Kohl’s Cares donation of $1.5 million over the next three years will result in more than 120,000 suppers being served annually between June and August. Kohl’s Cares partnership with Hunger Task Force began in 2009 and has since provided more than 350,000 meals to date.
“Kohl’s Cares continues to be a committed and generous partner as they support our efforts to provide meals to Milwaukee children in need during the summer months when they aren’t provided meals at school,” said Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director. “Together with Kohl’s Cares, we are helping kids get the nutrition they need in a safe and friendly environment, alleviating some stress from moms and dads who are worried about how to feed their kids during the summer.”
Since 2000, Kohl’s Department Stores together with Kohl's Cares have combined to give more than $63 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area, including more than $4 million to Hunger Task Force to help provide nutritious meals to children in need. To date, the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide.
For more information about Kohl’s Serving Up Supper for Kids or how you can help, log on to HungerTaskForce.org.
For more information about Kohl’s philanthropic and community initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (pinterest.com/kohls) and Instagram (instagram.com/kohls).
About Hunger Task Force
Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow. Visit HungerTaskForce.org.