FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), has announced the opening of its new environmentally advanced 88,000-square-foot facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park in New York. The office and distribution facility streamlines the company’s operations and provides several unique features that promote environmental sustainability.
With the opening of Riverview, FedEx Trade Networks consolidated its local workforce from multiple locations for greater efficiency, enhanced collaboration, and a smaller carbon footprint. The new facility uses innovative sustainability technologies including solar panels, low-flow water consumption, and dedicated bio-beds, which provide underground water retention for storm water management and soil erosion control, reducing impact on the native vegetation significantly.
“FedEx Trade Networks has deep roots in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and we are proud to lead the way for businesses to operate more responsibly with the environment and local community top of mind,” said Jack Muhs, president and CEO, FedEx Trade Networks. “Our operations at the Riverview Solar Technology Park will be a model for environmental corporate responsibility through a committed investment in renewable energy and green building best practices.”
The facility is the first in New York with Advanced Solar Architecture (ASA). ASA systems generate electricity through solar technology and provide additional benefits such as shading, with wind and rain protection. The thermal mass building construction possesses LEED characteristics expected to reduce energy costs by 30-40%, and includes energy efficient lighting throughout. The building uses a 100 kW solar array, which is expected to replace 1,000,000 kWh of fossil fuel-sourced electricity over the 10-year lease.
Any company that ships items long distances like FedEx is going to rack up quite a carbon footprint. It’s good to see the company making efforts to offset that, as well.
The solar campus is recognized as a New York State Shovel-Ready Certified Site, and is known as a low-impact green business park, limiting the unnecessary removal of trees for the convenience of construction.
The FedEx Trade Networks facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park is the most recent addition to the FedEx EarthSmart®Innovation Solar Facility portfolio. FedEx has been installing solar since 2005, with California’s then-largest corporate solar power installation at its Oakland, California West Coast Hub.