Prologis Continues to Go Green

ProLogis has announced a new sustainability initiative. From now on all of its new development in the United States will comply with environmental standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.The initiative will include developments now in the design or planning stage, as well as future projects and ProLogis intends to register all buildings for LEED certification. Prologis had earlier moved towards green building, but the firm now felt, “the time is right to take our initiatives a step further,” Walt Rakowich, president & COO for ProLogis, said in a statement.The latest green move by the company has impact beyond its own environmental mission. The LEED-grade design and construction of its industrial space, he noted, also helps to extend the lifetime of its buildings, and permits occupants “to further their own sustainability agendas.” Presently, ProLogis has 3.5 million square feet in the U.S. under design or construction for which it is pursuing LEED certification. The company anticipates similar development activity in the U.S. for 2008 compared with last year, during which it began new starts totaling more than 11 million square feet, or 39 buildings. ProLogis has also trained all of its North American project managers on sustainability and LEED standards.