Mock-up of new Crestline buildingAt Crestline, we take social responsibility seriously. As one of the top 10 carbon neutral retailers in North America, we’re committed to ethical sourcing and responsible manufacturing processes. So when our company set out to renovate our current workspace into a state-of-the-art facility, going green was a top priority.

When finished, the space will occupy 105,000 sq. ft. and make room for 25 to 50 new employees over the next three to five years. As part of the project, we’ve taken steps to ensure that the new facility is environmentally friendly, which includes becoming LEED certified at the gold level and qualifying as a Maine Advanced Building.

We are in the process of installing one of the largest private solar arrays in the state to provide our facility with clean, renewable solar energy. By adding 620 ground-mounted panels, we’ll eliminate more than 8 million pounds of carbon pollution over 40 years and will meet all of the energy needs of the new offices.

“With our solar power and how we’re building the [headquarters], we’re trying to make a statement that we’re doing our part,” said Gene Geiger, CEO.

In addition to the solar panels, we’ve worked to minimize waste by recycling, reusing or repurposing as many materials as possible during the construction process. We’ll also be using LED lights, large skylights for natural light and insulating efficiently to minimize heating and cooling costs.

And this is more than an investment in new digs­­—it’s an investment in future generations. Keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible not only speaks to our current business priorities, it also sets us up for financial and environmental health in the decades to come.

As Geiger says, “We’re spending money now to build a structure, a foundation and a workplace that will house the company for the next generation and maybe even the generation beyond.”

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