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Old 09-25-07, 06:25 AM   #1
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Staples - bike friendly work place

City of Miami and Staples to Break Ground on First LEED-Registered Green Retail Building in City
Developer MK Real Estate Group to Pursue LEED Certification for Staples Biscayne Blvd. Store

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company, along with the City of Miami and MK Real Estate Group, will host a groundbreaking event for Miami’s first green retail building registered with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The event will take place at the Staples store building site located at 2121 Biscayne Boulevard, on Fri., Sept. 28 at 11 a.m., where Mayor Manny Diaz and Staples Regional Vice President Royce Reed will celebrate the City’s progress in sustaining its future through eco-friendly practices.

“Building green is smart growth and with partners like Staples, the City of Miami can achieve its goal of becoming a model city for sustainable living,” said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

MK Real Estate Group is building the 2121 Biscayne Boulevard Staples store in compliance with LEED silver certification standards. If accomplished, this building will be the first LEED-certified retail store in the City of Miami, and the first store of its kind for Staples.

The store’s green design will help:

Improve energy performance and reduce “heat island effect” contributing to higher city temperatures through a highly reflective roofing system;
Reduce the strain on municipal water and Florida aquifer reserves by collecting rainwater through rooftop gutter systems and installing waterless urinals and low-flow toilets;
Preserve non-renewable, virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials;
Protect and restore habitats by landscaping with 100 percent native plants and shrubs;
Encourage alternative transportation by installing bike racks and showers;
Lead recycling efforts by having on-site recycling for paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard, in addition to computer, electronics and ink cartridge recycling offered by Staples stores every day.

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Old 09-25-07, 08:33 AM   #2
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A relative of mine is one of the top executives at Staples. He's a avid cyclist (though not a commuter). We've had many conversations about bike commuting and it's relative merits, I'd like to think he had something to do with this. Maybe not, but I'll at least congratulate them for trying.

What I do know is that a lot of the large corporations especially in similar sectors watch carefully what each other does. My hope is that this type of thing spreads and becomes the norm for development as opposed to the exception.
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