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The Goldman Sachs Group: Green Business Awards

Congratulations to The Goldman Sachs Group. The company has been honored for “Corporate Excellence” in the 2017 Green Business Awards.

Global financial services firm Goldman Sachs released its Environmental Policy Framework in 2005, after the firm realized that “environmental stewardship was becoming an integral part of our business and how we operate in the communities where our employees and clients live and work,” says Cindy Quan, global head of environmental, social and governance for the firm. As part of its environmental framework, Goldman Sachs pledged to achieve carbon neutrality and to use 100 percent renewable power across its operations by the year 2020

To achieve those goals, the firm has emphasized sustainability throughout its operational facilities—including its offices at 222 S. Main and 111 S. Main. These two offices house a combined total of 2,300 Goldman Sachs employees. The firm achieved LEED Gold certification for the fit-out of eight floors in the 222 S. Main building. It renovated another floor in 2014, earning LEED Platinum certification for that project. And Goldman’s operations in 111 S. Main are on target to attain LEED Platinum certification for commercial interiors. When that happens, Goldman Sachs’ LEED portfolio in Utah will encompass 292,000 square feet of commercial space.

Goldman Sachs considers itself a peer to other companies that are striving to achieve sustainability goals, says Quan. The firm hosted a Project Skyline presentation at 111 S. Main earlier this year in order to share its best sustainability practices with the Salt Lake business community.

Read about the other 2017 Green Business Awards honorees.