Office Depot has made a concerted effort to go green since at least 2005, when it began to invest in energy efficiency initiatives. It later achieved Gold LEED certification for its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., because of updates to the building, including switching to fluorescent lights and adding sensors for lights. The building also uses low-flow aerators for conserving water and designates preferred parking spots for carpools. Materials in the building, such as the carpet, are recycled.
In 2008, the company opened the first LEED-certified retail store in Austin, Texas, which attained Gold status. It pursues sustainability for its new stores by utilizing skylights, reflective roofs and sensors to reduce energy when not needed. The building also has Energy Star-rated appliances and HVAC equipment.
And in 2012, Office Depot announced that its distribution center in Newville, Pa., achieved LEED certification for Commercial Interiors. The distribution center includes low-flow faucets and urinals, as well as an energy-efficient HVAC system. The paint finishes are low-VOC emitting, and the wood products are verified by the Forest Stewardship Council.