Green building: Team Detroit Corporate Crossings, Dearborn, Michigan

Team Detroit, a joint venture of WPP’s Detroit-based agencies, including JWT, Y&R, Wunderman, Ogilvy & Mather and Mindshare, takes sustainability seriously (see page 52 of the WPP Sustainability Report 2012/2013).

It has sponsored Team Green, an internal group of employees dedicated to making their workplace more sustainable and efficient, since 2008. Now their efforts have been recognised with a ‘Smooth Operator’ EBie award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for most improved building.

Initiatives by Team Green at the Dearborn offices have achieved a significant reduction on the building’s energy consumption by adjusting temperature settings, installing motion sensors for lights, and setting equipment to automatically power down at the end of every day. From 2009 to 2012, electricity consumption decreased by 33%, saving 2,150 tonnes of CO2e. Over the same period, headcount increased by 30%.

The building now uses recycled paper, USGBC-certified cleaning supplies and has a carpooling scheme. More accessible recycling bins have resulted in an additional 230,000 kg of paper being recycled. 

The Corporate Crossings building in Dearborn that houses Team Detroit has also received LEED Silver and Energy Star certification in recognition of its sustainable features.