Verizon Names Paladino and Company As Winner of 2013 Green and Sustainability Award

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Recognized for LEED stores program that enabled Verizon to achieve more than 130 certifications through 2012.

Paladino and Company (Paladino), a pioneering sustainability and green building consulting firm, today announced it has been selected as a winner of Verizon’s 2013 Supplier Recognition Award in the green and sustainability category. The award was given in recognition of Paladino’s overall green strategic focus and longtime partnership in Verizon’s retail store volume program, which resulted in 71 Verizon Wireless stores becoming LEED certified in 2012 and more than 130 total LEED certifications through the end of 2012. The award was presented at Verizon’s Earth Day celebration at Verizon Center, located in Basking Ridge, NJ.

“Paladino has been a strategic business partner in augmenting Verizon’s sustainability program at our retail locations across the United States,” said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer, Verizon. “This alliance has delivered benefits to the environment, and progress towards our 2020 goal of reducing our carbon intensity by 50 percent."

“It is an honor to be recognized for our contributions that enabled Verizon to meet sustainability goals and reduce environmental impacts in measurable ways,” said Tom Paladino, CEO, Paladino.

Paladino began work on a LEED portfolio program for Verizon’s green retail store initiative in 2008. Paladino’s team of experts created a LEED rated store prototype, in place of Verizon' previously existing standard design and conducted extensive educational training across Verizon’s teams and supply chain. The comprehensive process set the stage for Verizon’s entry into the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Volume program, and enabled Verizon to streamline LEED implementation, construction and commissioning across several hundred Verizon Wireless stores opened annually.

In 2012, Verizon’s green retail store design achieved precertification in the USGBC LEED Volume Program. Under the LEED Volume Program, any Verizon Wireless Communication Store constructed using the pre-certified design will earn a LEED Silver or higher rating. Each LEED-certified Verizon Wireless Communications Store is expected to deliver, on average, the following environmental benefits and associated cost savings:

  •     12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year energy savings from lighting, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the consumption of 972 gallons of gasoline
  •     28,000 gallons of water per year, equivalent to 455,000 glasses of water
  •     28 tons of construction waste diverted from landfills, equivalent to 14 cars

About Paladino and Company
Paladino and Company, Inc. ( is an internationally recognized sustainability and green building consulting firm that helps organizations align business growth with the long term health and vitality of the planet. The firm’s specialized team of architects, engineers, and business analysts work collaboratively with building owners and their teams to create high performance green buildings and companies, resulting in environmentally responsible development and reduced total cost of ownership.



Rebecca Rader
Rader Communications

Maggie Santolla
Paladino and Company

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