April 4, 2012

Our New Environmentally-Friendly Support Center

We took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of our new corporate support center, adding to the Brewster Building’s recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification, which designates operation of high performance buildings that are environmentally responsible.

In addition, we employed the following environmentally friendly approaches during construction and design:

  • During construction, all demolition was certified at 90% recycled, reducing the amount of waste.  The construction team also reused many existing materials, such as ceiling tiles, sprinkler pipes and other duct work.
  • The open office design lets more natural light permeate the floors.  Providing glass fronts on all offices and conference rooms further increases the flow of sunlight.  These design elements have allowed JetBlue to reduce lighting power usage to just over one watt per square foot.
  • Lights are motion-sensitive. When rooms and work areas are not in use, the lights turn off, reducing energy consumption.
  • All furniture and carpet is made of sustainable, recycled, LEED-certified materials.
  • Providing centralized business centers for printing, copying and faxing reduces the energy consumption of printers and the amount of toner waste.  Excess paper is recycled.
  • All appliances are Energy Star certified and the HVAC system uses high-efficiency motors with economizers.  A central monitoring system controls and balances the HVAC output.
  • Environmentally friendly, LEED-certified cleaning products are used by JetBlue business partners and corporate services teams.
  • Complimentary daily bike storage is offered by MetLife, providing the resources for JetBlue crewmembers to bike to work.
  • Proximity to New York’s subway system and commuter railroads make it possible for approximately 77 percent of JetBlue’s crewmembers who work at the corporate support center to take public transportation.

Read more about our new transparent workspace
Read more about our environmentally-friendly space
Check out Monday’s story from move-in day
Learn more about our partnership with New York City
Learn more about the design of our cool, new look

More images from our new digs on Flickr

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