With changes to its landscaping, HP Inc.’s Boise Idaho Campus saves 82,900 cubic meters of water annually, has cut back emissions by 90% and reduced landscaping costs by 50%. These results have earned the campus Gold certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system after the company replaced non-indigenous grass with native grasses that require less maintenance and attract local pollinators.
The project is the first in Idaho to earn a SITES certification and is the first corporate campus in the world to be certified using SITES v2. HP collaborated with more than 10 local and national groups with its landscaping, which will reach full maturity by summer 2019.
“At HP, we strive to make life better for everyone everywhere – not just through technology, but through sustainability efforts within our operations and supply chain,” says Cynthia Rock, HP Head of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services. “Through this landscaping project, we’re using less water, producing less emissions and increasing bee production – ultimately protecting our planet for future generations.”
With projects like HP’s Boise campus, SITES creates regenerative systems; fosters resiliency; ensures future resource supply; mitigates climate change; transforms the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhances human wellbeing.
“HP understands that a green environment extends beyond the four walls of a building,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI. “Through the use of SITES, projects like this are creating ecologically resilient communities, reducing water demand and improving air quality and human health by connecting people to nature. Their work is part of the growing movement to holistically approach sustainable development and construct green buildings with accompanying green landscapes in green communities.”
To learn more about HP’s project and SITES certification, visit www.sustainableSITES.org.