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Canon Americas Headquarters Earns LEED Gold Certification

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon Americas Headquarters has been awarded LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. Located in Melville, N.Y., the facility stands as a model for environmental stewardship and innovation, and serves all North and South American countries. The Canon Americas Headquarters is the largest commercial property on Long Island to achieve this level of LEED.

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) recognizes buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. The level of LEED certification earned is determined by the number of credits achieved in key areas within each of the LEED credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation & design process.

“We are honored to be awarded LEED Gold certification and be recognized for our environmental conservation efforts at the Canon Americas Headquarters,” said Joe Adachi, president & CEO of Canon U.S.A. “Canon is committed to energy-efficient practices to help reduce the environmental impact of our operations and products we distribute. Our LEED Gold certification will serve as a symbol of Canon’s commitment to the environment and dedication to sustainable practices for years to come.”

The Canon Americas Headquarters features several environmentally conscious elements, including:

  • Daylight harvesting found in over 75% of regularly occupied spaces
  • Nearly 60% of the natural site of native and adapted plant species have been restored, creating ecosystems that require minimal irrigation
  • Garages include 90 parking spaces designated for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, charging stations for 12 plug-in electric vehicles, and throughout the facility, 136 bicycle storage spaces
  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by 35%
  • Based on total material costs, 40% of materials used are recycled and approximately 30% of materials are sourced regional material

“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and using our natural resources to make an immediate, positive impact on our planet, Canon U.S.A. has undoubtedly demonstrated their environmental leadership through this LEED Gold certification.”

The planning, interiors and architecture was designed by HOK, and constructed by Turner Construction Company.

For more information about the additional environmental efforts Canon U.S.A. participates in, please visit: www.usa.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, more than 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square meters) of space is certified using LEED. Nearly 54,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.7 billion square feet (905,812,824 square meters) of construction space in more than 140 countries and territories. In addition, close to 40,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 100,000 more homes registered. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed and review the Foundations of LEED development process.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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