The telecommunications company Sprint prides itself on its green headquarters. Located in Overland Park, Kan., the headquarters campus spans 200 acres, and Sprint claims it to be among the most environmentally responsible campuses in the United States.
The facility utilizes solar power for signage and a water recapture system that diverts the water for irrigation use, thereby recycling 32,000 kgals of water annually. The campus itself is made of 60 percent green space and even uses a border-collie program for controlling the migratory bird population that is certified by PETA. The company also oversaw the planting of more than 6,000 trees on the campus. To encourage responsible transportation, the campus incorporates priority parking for hybrid vehicles and carpools, as well as a program that assists employees seeking alternative transportation.
Sprint also began a pilot program for LEED-certified retail stores. They opened a retail store in San Francisco that achieved LEED certification with energy-efficient lighting, equipment and HVAC systems. The store also includes low-flow water fixtures, as well as recycled construction materials and furniture.