Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin Bright Green

New York, NY | New York, NY


National Geographic Society Headquarters

An established leader in conservation, The National Geographic Society’s (NGS) commitment to sustainable facilities management is evidenced by their recognition as a US EPA Climate Leader, participation in the Energy Star program, offsetting 100% of their electrical use with green power, and becoming one of the original pilot projects in the United States Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings program. In 2008, the organization reinforced this commitment by aggressively pursuing greenhouse gas reduction strategies for their corporate operations and facilities in hopes of achieving carbon neutrality for their headquarters complex in Washington DC. To reach their goal, NGS selected a group of experts to determine the feasibility of carbon neutrality.

Terrapin, working in collaboration with CTG Energetics and GHT Limited, produced a headquarters campus greenhouse gas and energy end-use study. The process began with a series of brainstorming sessions and energy audits to establish the size and nature of the campus carbon footprint. The resulting report focused on energy and carbon assessment and described the proportion of GHG emissions associated with each building operations including the on-site combustion of natural gas, use of purchased electricity, commute and building related transportation, water use, and solid waste generation and disposal. To achieve carbon neutrality on the complex, the Terrapin team advised NGS to consider a combination of long-term capital upgrades, operational improvements and engaged offsets.

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Status: Built
Location: Washington, DC, US
My Role: Carbon Analyst
Additional Credits: Chris Pyke, CTG Energetics
GHT Limited