CVS/pharmacy West Haven Store Awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification

Certification marks milestone achievement in CVS Health’s commitment to sustainability
Oct 20, 2014 4:00 PM ET
Campaign: Planet in Balance

Woonsocket, RI, Oct. 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ — CVS Health announced today that the CVS/pharmacy store in West Haven, Connecticut has been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, making it the most energy efficient CVS/pharmacy store in the country. This achievement marks the first CVS/pharmacy store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eighth LEED-certified building.

“CVS Health is proud to celebrate this model store, which allows us to pilot environmental innovations and uncover best practices we can apply to other facilities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy at CVS Health. “This initiative aligns with our CSR platform, Prescription for a Better World, and supports our efforts to reduce our impacts on the environment.”

The LEED system, developed by the USGBC, is the most internationally recognized program for green building certification. The Platinum level distinguishes those buildings that are designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

CVS/pharmacy’s West Haven store is exemplary in its sustainable design and operations as a result of innovative features, including:

  • Recycled  materials used in building design
  • Stormwater design to reduce runoff
  • Landscaping that doesn’t require irrigation
  • A solar photovoltaic system to improve energy efficiency
  • High-efficiency lighting, HVAC and plumbing systems
  • Day lighting technology
  • An electric car charging station, and more

With these features, the West Haven store uses 40 percent less energy and 50 percent less water compared to a traditional building of similar size. CVS/pharmacy plans to incorporate some of the successful elements from the West Haven store into future new stores. Learn more about The company’s green building efforts in the CVS Health 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.


About CVS Health
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