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Verizon's operations center earns LEED certification
Verizon has announced that its operations center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 1.4 million square foot building, which serves approximately 3,000 employees, received the council's approval for its environmentally friendly design and energy efficient features.
To achieve the certification, building officials installed temperature sensors and energy management systems that monitor the facility's heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Additionally, the building features fluorescent light bulbs, maintenance tracking systems, air handlers and variable frequency drives.
Verizon also received the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating for the building's eco-friendly details.
Tanya Penny, the company's vice president of real estate, said that "the efficient management of the Verizon operations center is an extension of the company's commitment to the environment."
As more companies strive for green certifications, architects who have completed associates, bachelors or masters programs in sustainable management or green architecture and building may see exciting job prospects.
Demand for architects - particularly those who have green design skills - is expected to grow by 16 percent over the next eight years. In May 2008, these professionals earned an average of $70,320 per year.