MasterCard HQ goes green
MasterCard's main technology centre has been recognised for its green credentials after winning LEED Gold certification.
LEED, was set up by the United States Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, and is arguably the country's leading form of environmentally friendly building register.
MasterCard Worldwide this week said its 550,000-square-foot technologies campus campus, in O'Fallon, Missouri, is also the first project in state to earn LEED Gold certification.
MasterCard planned and constructed the campus more than 10 years ago with environmental goals and aspirations in mind.
Lights are controlled by using occupancy sensors in conference rooms and offices to automatically turn off when not needed.
Water use has also been cut by using dual low-flush valves on all the buildings toilets and urinals.
The building recycles about 50% of waste by weight, including paper, cardboard, aluminium, plastic, glass, batteries, wood pallets, light bulbs, and kitchen cooking oil and, 100% of shredded documents are recycled.
The firm composts all non-protein and yard waste on site and has cut polystyrene and disposable plastic from the cafeteria and coffee kiosks.
"We're honoured to achieve this important sustainable milestone, which reflects our overall commitment to environmental stewardship and to supporting the communities where we live and work," said president of MasterCard technologies, Robert Reeg.