Red, white, blue and green are our favorite colors.
In addition to a $1 billion investment in our LEED-aggressive manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., where production on a new American midsized sedan begins in 2011, our Herndon, Va., headquarters has been awarded LEED® Silver level certification.
Created in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the top program for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings in the nation. LEED certification is offered on a progressive scale, and the Herndon office building went above the basic certification requirements to earn more points and receive the Silver level.
Following a three-month performance review period, Volkswagen Group achieved LEED Silver level certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. We use energy-efficient building features such as compact fluorescent bulbs at each desk, employ green cleaning techniques and have a comprehensive recycling program. The building also has motion-sensor lights throughout, and we reinforce eco-smart behavior like turning off each and every piece of electronics at the end of the day.
Other corporate-wide greening programs include sustainable product purchasing, and battery and light bulb recycling programs.
Greening our workspace is another example of our commitment to a sustainable future.