Office Depot awarded LEED Gold Certification

Office Depot’s global headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, has been awarded Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Office Depot is the first office supplies retailer with a headquarters building certified under any of the LEED rating systems. The company’s headquarters is also now the first LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certified building in Boca Raton, Florida and one of ten in the entire state.

Sustainable Sites

  • Landscaping staff is utilizing fuel efficient, battery powered equipment.
  • Underground water retention system designed to handle storm water run-off.
  • Commuter program that encourages use of public transit.

Water Efficiency

  • Rain Sensor System designed to reduce water usage during landscaping.
  • Low flow aerators installed in sinks to conserve water.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Energy efficient interior lighting achieved by switching from 32 watt to 28 watt fluorescents, which are 12.5 percent more energy efficient.
  • Conversion of garage lighting from 130 watt metal halide lamps with ballast to 54 watt fluorescent lights led to reduced energy consumption by two-thirds.
  • Facility is carbon neutral as a result of Renewable Energy Credits purchased from NextEra Energy.
  • Motion detectors in all conference rooms, offices and restrooms ensure that lights are off when a space is not occupied.

Materials and Resources

  • New sustainable purchasing policies written to meet or exceed LEED for Existing Buildings guidelines.
  • New solid waste management policies were written and implemented.
  • Over 90 percent of paper used in building is 30 percent post consumer recycled or higher, and Forest Stewardship Council certified.
  • Low mercury lamps installed throughout the building.
  • Steel case furniture triple-certified to the highest green furniture standards: MBDC Cradle to Cradle® Silver, BIFMA Level 2 and SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Indoor Advantage Gold™.
  • Carpet used in building is recyclable and 100 percent recycled.

Indoor Air Quality

  • Green cleaning products for indoor janitorial use are Green Seal and EcoLogo certified.
  • Disposable paper cleaning cloths were replaced with reusable micro fiber cloths.


  • Fourteen on-site lime, grapefruit, orange and tangerine fruit trees were planted.
  • Durable goods 100 percent diverted from landfill through building recycling program.
  • 139 percent weighted green value of office supplies expenditure was documented using Office Depot’s industry-exclusive LEED for Existing Buildings Credit Report.

Approximately 1,700 Office Depot associates work at Office Depot’s global headquarters in Boca Raton. The company leases the facility from Boca 54 North, LLC, a joint venture partnership between Flagler which oversaw the design and development of the complex, and TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate Group. Office Depot partnered with LEED consultant Envision Realty Services to manage the project.