Subaru opens zero landfill, LEED-certified headquarters

Subaru opens zero landfill, LEED-certified headquarters

Photos © Jeffrey Totaro, 2018.

At the new Subaru of America headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, employees have committed not to send any waste to landfills.

Instead, all waste will be reduced, reused or recycled.

The site includes the office building plus an adjacent new training center that more than doubles the size of the automaker's previous headquarters and bring employees from four locations onto one campus. The automaker opened the new 250,000-square-foot facility in April 2018.

Zero-landfill, LEED certified

The automaker's recycling/zero-landfill efforts include an ISO 14001:2015-compliant Environmental Management System or "EMS." This certification ensures SOA commits to world-class leadership in environmental performance. The new headquarters building is 100-percent Green Power certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is expected to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green measures include the use LED lighting throughout the building, reclaimed wood wall décor, as well as carpeting manufactured with partially recycled content. Further, SOA has partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to design an HQ landscape that includes the use of native plants that are drought-tolerant and bird-friendly, thus enabling a reduction in irrigation.

Subaru will also transfer its "Love Garden" from Cherry Hill to Camden, where employees grow produce for donation to local food banks.

"We are very happy to mark the conclusion of our fabulous new headquarters," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "Our move to Camden is the next chapter in the long-term future of Subaru in the Delaware Valley. We have called this place 'home' for 50 years, and we are thrilled that we will continue to be a part of the local community we have supported for so long."

To further fortify the company's commitment to its community, Subaru will donate 50 cherry trees to the City of Camden. In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms represent both the fragility and the beauty of life and are symbolic of new beginnings.

Investing in a community

Subaru of America was founded in 1968 in Philadelphia and has been based in the Delaware Valley for 50 years. Subaru has had its corporate headquarters in New Jersey since 1969 and had been in its Cherry Hill location since 1986. It also operated out of two offices in Pennsauken, a space at Executive Campus in Cherry Hill, NJ, as well as a distribution and training center in Florence, NJ. The company developed the all-new $118 million corporate headquarters to bring together much of its local workforce and provide them with a leading working environment, which it hopes will help spur even more growth.

"It's amazing to witness Camden's historic transformation, and it's an honor to be a part of it," said Congressman Donald Norcross. "We've seen tremendous job growth in the City of Camden, along with major improvements in schools and public safety. We're not declaring victory here just yet, but it's encouraging to see new businesses, parks and schools opening every week. It's been just a few years since we watched a Subaru car breaking ground at this new site, and it's great to officially have the company continuing the tradition – that started in Pennsauken 50 years ago – of calling Camden County home."

The Subaru of America campus, located adjacent to Campbell Soup Company's world headquarters, is the first new corporate headquarters in Knights Crossing, a master plan urban town center community, being developed by Brandywine Realty Trust. The entire Knights Crossing development, upon completion, will consist of 1.4 million square feet of innovative office, full-service amenities, ample public greenways and will ultimately be served by two sources of public transportation.    

"Our aspiration for Knights Crossing was to create an intentionally planned community of commerce that would attract the region's finest companies," said Gerard H. Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, "Together with our partners at Campbell Soup Company and the City of Camden, we created a master plan that reflects effective place-making and has captured the imagination of our partners at Subaru, solidifying their commitment to Camden and their employees' productivity, health and  comfort."

A second building, called the National Service Training Center (NSTC), will open late summer 2018. The building will house service training, along with a service engineering shop and other product engineering. The Eastern Regional Sales office and Philadelphia Zone office will occupy the second floor at the building. Service training is currently being performed at a nearby facility in South Jersey.

To help employability, SOA has donated more than $200,000 in equipment to Respond Inc. to establish the organization's automotive training program. The program trains participants for jobs in the automotive repair industry, and Subaru's donation provides the equipment needed for participants to learn the necessary skills to gain access to good-paying careers in this field.

In 2017, SOA held 72 volunteer events in Camden where 495 employee days contributed 2,234 hours to projects. Subaru volunteers delivered 5,000 award-winning science books to Camden schools over the past two years and contributed supplies and stuffed approximately 2,000 backpacks for the Center for Family Services, as well as serving 5,000 meals at Cathedral Kitchen in 2017.

Topics: Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Office Buildings

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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