DEARBORN - Earlier this week, regional members of the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC), Dearborn officials and industry professionals toured Ford’s Corporate Crossings building as part of the Green Seeds program. The building, located at 550 Town Center Drive, is Ford’s first office building to achieve Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) certification. The 220,000 square-foot four-story building is home to Team Detroit, Ford’s marketing and advertising agency of record. The agency recently won the USGBC’s Smooth Operator EBie Award, which recognizes the building that was the most improved by simply altering operation and maintenance.
The presentation and tour highlighted the partnership between Ford Land and Team Detroit, as well as provided an opportunity to tour Corporate Crossings and learn about its unique green building features, including:
• Building temperature is regulated by a green system that lowers/raises the temperature based on the season
• Lights are motion-activated to avoid wasted electricity. Recycled materials have been used wherever possible to promote sustainability
• All monitors, TV screens, projectors and common area lighting systems are set to automatically power down at the end of each day
• Easily accessible recycling bins, which have led to recycling an extra half-a-million pounds of paper since 2007
• On-site clothing and electronic recycling drives and weekly farmers market program
The mission of the USGBC-DRC Green Seeds program is to provide knowledge to those responsible for making or influencing building operations decisions, in regard to reasonable starting points for integrating sustainable measures into everyday business practices. LEED certification is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measureable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Photo: Kristen Schweitzer of Team Detroit and Tim Bracco of Ford Land prepare to present at the USGBC Green Seeds event at Corporate Crossings