In the United States, buildings account for:


  • 39 percent of total energy use
  • 12 percent of the total water consumption
68 percent of total electricity consumption
  • 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions

Our built environment has a huge impact on our natural environment, human health and our economy. Green building maximizes both economic and environmental performance. Methods of green construction can be integrated into the building process at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant environmental benefits are obtained when the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the very beginning.

Environmental benefits

  • Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce waste streams
  • Conserve and restore natural resources

Economic benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Social benefits

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Heighten aesthetic qualities
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve overall quality of life

Source: US EPA

Corporate Commitment to Environmental Sustainability
“At McDonald’s we recognize our responsibility to protect and preserve the environment for future generations to come. Our goal is simple, to achieve continuous environmental improvements across all areas of our business.” McDonald’s
“Many production companies, agencies and clients are promoting green production in an effort to manage consumption and waste….. it is the AICP's desire to promote and encourage member companies to implement as many as possible, whenever possible.” Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP)
“The emphasis on green marketing has increased...and the number and range of products with environmental implications has grown exponentially.” American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s)
“The marketing supply chain must become more efficient and productive. Efficiency is different than effectiveness – but just as important. Marketing efficiency enables us to shorten the supply chain, reduce waste and improve productivity." Association of National Advertisers (ANA) – Marketers’ Constitution
“Hertz is dedicated to minimizing our impact on the environment by utilizing sustainable product and methods.” Hertz
”Supplier Guiding Principles – ‘Protect the Environment - Conduct business in ways which protect and preserve the environment.’ We expect our suppliers to develop and implement appropriate internal business processes to ensure compliance with the Supplier Guiding Principles.” Coca-Cola
“We believe a healthy planet and a healthy community go hand in hand. That’s why we are committed to reducing our environmental impacts across all aspects of our operations – striving for performance that does not merely comply with regulations but protects and nurtures the planet’s beauty and resources for future generations” Johnson & Johnson
“Kohl’s is committed to protecting and conserving the environment by seeking innovative solutions that encourage long term sustainability. From large-scale initiatives like constructing environmentally buildings to everyday practices like recycling hangers, we’re taking big steps to ensure we leave a smaller footprint” Kohl’s
“Driving Change: We promote sustainable business practices in our own global operations and throughout our entire supply chain” Ford Motor Company
“Environmental Principles - We will conserve natural resources by using energy and water wisely and seek further opportunities to reduce resource consumption and improve the efficiency of our stores, offices, and distribution network” Home Depot
“Vision – Achieve zero waste in our operations and help our customers minimize their operational waste.” Staples
“We strive to conserve natural resources through innovative processes and continuous improvement methodologies with the goal of reducing, reusing, recycling, and identifying safer material substitutes or alternatives for our operations.” Paul Otellini, President and CEO Intel