Article Number: 12646
theMART Receives Gold Level LEED Certification
NEW YORK – [November 16, 2018] – Vornado Realty Trust is pleased to announce theMART has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification at the Gold Level. This accomplishment marks the third LEED Certification for theMART, having first attained the prestigious LEED designation in 2007 and re-certification in 2013.

theMART’s sustainability program began over 15 years ago with energy efficiency retrofits and sound energy management. These programs have resulted in over $1 million of annual cost savings and 23 percent of total energy savings for the building. The building’s energy efficiency is a key contributor to the reduction of theMART’s carbon footprint, eliminating 14,500 metric tons of annual CO2 emissions which is equivalent to removing 2,400 passenger cars from roadways annually. theMART recently expanded its promotion of carbon-free commuting with the installation of over 350 bicycle storage racks in an area where parking for 20 cars once existed. Also contributing to LEED certification for theMART is its 7,200-square-foot recycling facility, where staff pre-sorts and weighs all waste before it leaves the building resulting in 3,245 tons of the building’s waste stream being recycled last year.

theMART has a building-wide composting program which exceeds 100 tons of compostable waste each year. Building Maintenance Services, LLC, theMART’s janitorial service provider, facilitates the success of the recycling program and employs green cleaning services that promote healthy indoor air quality through responsible cleaning product selection.

“theMART has a long history with LEED and a close partnership with the USGBC, and we are very proud to maintain our Gold certification status,” said Myron Maurer, Chief Operating Officer at theMART. “Like the LEED program, theMART continues to evolve and further its sustainable mission. LEED is a widely respected seal of approval among our tenant partners and the real estate community.” For more information on theMART, go to www.themart.com.


About Vornado Realty Trust and theMART
Vornado Realty Trust is a preeminent owner, manager and developer of real estate with a portfolio including some of the world’s most iconic properties. In Manhattan, Vornado has ownership and management interest in over 30 million square feet of office space, over 50% of which is located in the fast growing West Side of Manhattan, and nearly 3 million square feet of street retail, over 50% of which is located around Times Square and the upper Fifth Avenue areas of New York City, as well as the 4.2 million square foot MART (theMART www.themart.com) in Chicago and the 555 California Street complex in San Francisco. Vornado is the largest owner of LEED-certified property in the United States, with more than 23 million square feet of LEED-certified properties, and 19 million square feet at LEED Gold level. Vornado commemorated 50 years on the NYSE in 2012 and has been a member of the S&P 500 since 2005.


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