Innovative features, such as high-efficiency lighting and an electric car charging station, make the CVS Pharmacy in West Haven, Connecticut, stand out among our company’s 9,600 stores. Now, with its receipt of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, it’s officially the most energy efficient CVS Pharmacy in the U.S.
The West Haven location is the first CVS Pharmacy to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is CVS Health’s eighth LEED-certified building. CVS Health is piloting several environmental innovations and best practices at the store to determine which ones are the most successful, and incorporate these features into other stores and facilities. This initiative aligns closely with CVS Health’s overall CSR platform, Prescription for a Better World, as the company is committed to reducing its impact 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.
The West Haven store’s design utilized recycled materials, landscaping that doesn’t require irrigation, high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and plumbing systems, day lighting technology, and a solar photovoltaic system to improve energy efficiency. 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.
You can learn more about CVS Health’s green building efforts in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.