LEED certification has been a hot topic in the architectural world for years, with passionate proponents as well as opponents. However, most architects agree that LEED is here to stay- and companies are jumping on board in ever greater numbers.

Corporate sustainability is the word these days, with most major companies at least attempting to appear sustainable and environmentally conscious. But what does corporate sustainability mean? In essence, it is a business philosophy that takes into account the conservation of the natural environment, as well as creating structures that will sustain the company, from financial transparency to the way it handles employees.

At Leslie Saul & Associates, we have had the pleasure of working on a LEED project for a great organization here in Massachusetts, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). We collaborated with designLAB to create the IFAW headquarters in Yarmouth Port, which was chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as one of the top 10 sustainable architecture projects of 2009.

IFAW President Fred O’Regan commented, “We are honored to receive AIA’s top ten green award. Our international headquarters is a platform for our campaigns around the world. The green design reflects our commitment to protect animals, their habitats, and the environment.”

The building is filled with natural light thanks to expansive windows, which not only provide some lovely views, but also reduce the need for artificial lighting. This smart design feature is just one of  many that earned the building its LEED certification, like the conservation-minded landscape, inspired by a nearby 18th-century farm.

We love working on corporate projects that combine sustainability, creativity, and beautiful spaces. Contact our Cambridge-based architecture and interior design firm today if you are interested in creating a sustainable environment for your business!