The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded distributor Geiger (PPAI 105182, D12) LEED Certification at the Gold level for its Lewiston, Maine, headquarters.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification verifies a construction project has met or exceeded globally recognized green building standards. Companies recognized with this achievement undergo a rigorous third-party commissioning process to verify that the building has achieved its environmental goals.

In 2017 Geiger began the extensive renovation project that completely transformed its global headquarters. Of note is the company’s 696-panel solar array which generates 100 percent of the building's electricity. Today, annual energy usage is less than 40 percent of what it was prior to construction due to energy-efficient LED lights, super-insulated walls and ceilings, and a natural gas heating system with a 96 percent efficiency rating.

“We have a deep commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible,” says Gene Geiger, MAS+, chairman of the board. “All our decisions must pass the ‘do what’s right’ test. When we planned out our new building, we knew we had to spend the time and money to ensure it was LEED certified at the highest level possible. We are proud of what we have done but know there is always more to do.”

Jo-an Lantz, MAS, president and CEO, adds, “We are committed to the long-term goal of doing what is right for our customers, associates, sales partners and production partners, so it's only natural we extend that same philosophy to our environment.”

Geiger is a 100 percent carbon neutral shipper, paying UPS a fee to offset the carbon used to deliver every shipment from every supplier. The company also plants trees in the Amazon to offset all paper run through in its company printers. For these and other efforts the company was recognized this year by the Maine Institute for Family Owned Business with its Environmental Leadership Award.