U.S. Green Building Council names Verizon winner of two awards

By: Eric Wilkens
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Finance Center building in Lake Mary, Fla.

Verizon is being recognized for its commitment to green energy and technology.

The company’s Finance Center building in Lake Mary, Fla., has won the LEED Core and Shell Project of the Year and the LEED Commercial Interior Project of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Central Florida Region. 

John Vazquez, senior vice president of global real estate at Verizon, said the award is a reflection of the company’s commitment to green initiatives.

“Verizon is a leader in green energy, LEED building and sustainability overall,” Vazquez said. “Utilizing green energy and sustainability makes sense socially and economically, and we have found ways to make it pay.”

The 220,000 square-foot building opened in April 2014 and is home to more than 1,000 employees. It features three electric-vehicle charging stations with a total of six charging ports as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge program, and offers preferred parking for alternative-fuel vehicles.  

In 2013 and 2014, Verizon invested $137 million toward green energy. The company also has nearly 23,000 Green Team members in 30 countries, including 460 members in Lake Mary.

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