AKRON, OH - Wood veneer from 100-year old logs, pulled from the Ohio River, helped automotive tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., earn LEED points for its global headquarters. The 639,000-square-foot building, which opened in 2013, is one of the largest LEED Gold certified buildings in Ohio.
Almost 90 percent of the wood in the building is from sustainable sources. Additional features include two types of roof systems—white and vegetated—to reduce heat gain, as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures and the use of native or adaptive species plantings that require little watering or maintenance. Among the building's employee amenities are fitness facilities, bicycle storage and showers/changing rooms. The building upholds Goodyear's Zero Waste to Landfill initiative, meeting the same requirement of all global Goodyear manufacturing facilities to send no manufacturing waste to landfills.
"We are proud of this designation of our new global headquarters as a LEED Gold rated building," said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear chairman and CEO. "This certification represents a further step in our commitment to sustainability and reinforces Goodyear's shared value of caring for our environments and communities."
Goodyear employs approximately 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Approximately 2,000 employees are at its global headquarters in Akron, OH.
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