Corporate Policies
Corporate Policies
 
Welcome to Priority Worldwide Services. As you read through this document and if possible tour our facility, you will notice that sustainability is a core component of our company and a focus of our mission statement. The world is in the middle of an environmental crisis that can be mitigated by grassroots efforts of individuals and businesses setting an example for local and national governments. 
 
PWS is fully committed to our corporate environmental responsibility and has taken substantial actions to enhance the working environment for our employees and reduce our impact on this planet.   The grand opening of our new corporate headquarters is one key testament to our commitment. The facility is slated to receive LEED-CI Platinum certification by The US Green Building Council. 
 
This guide will highlight key components of our facility build out and corporate responsibility. We hope that this guide will help highlight some of the ideas that other companies can consider to create more productive and environmentally friendly work spaces.
 
 
 
SECTION I
 
PWS has leased 50% of the site at 7361 Coca Cola Dr. Site specific sustainability pertains to the entire site.
 
1.       The roof of our building is a white roof. Utilization of this type of roof reduces the "heat island" effect and increases efficiency.
2.       PWS’ water savings technologies (detailed later) have reduced the waste water in the entire building by over 50% and reduced water usage by over 20%.
3.       One of the most impressive features of our facility is the installation of a 105kw solar array. Our roof contains 478 solar panels that will produce approximately 135,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year! This is enough to power almost 100% of PWS’ energy needs with the sun. This is the single largest investment that PWS has made. It also has a huge environmental impact equivalent to the following:
 
OIL OFFSET BY THE SYSTEM OVER A LIFETIME (barrels)
The number of barrels of oil required to generate the same amount of electricity that our system will produce over 30 years.
7,669
CAR MILES SAVED IN A LIFETIME (miles)
Using electricity generated from fossil fuels and driving cars are the two personal activities that have the most significant environmental impact.
6,706,032
OFFSET OF GASOLINE PER YEAR (gallons)
11,005
ACID RAIN EMISSION REDUCTION (pounds)
Generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases Sulfur Oxides and Nitrogen Oxides, primary causes of acid rain, into the air. Acid rain damages lakes, streams, and forest soils.
28,335
SMOG EMISSIONS REDUCTION (pounds)
Nitrogen Oxides are a key contributor to the formation of ground level ozone, a major component of smog. Ozone irritates the eyes, and aggravates respiratory problems. It is our most widespread and intractable urban air pollution problem.
13,601
GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS (tons)
Carbon dioxide, along with other 'greenhouse gases', causes global warming. This results in increased rainfall and violent storms, decreased snow and ice cover, and rising sea levels.
5,364,825
EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF MATURE TREES PLANTED (trees)
Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and many environmentalists advocate tree planting as a way to offset carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
12,845
 
4.       PWS’ site is also equipped with preferred parking for highly efficient vehicles, bike parking, and shuttle service to local public transportation. Our goal is to advocate responsible transport for our staff, vendors, and visitors. 
 
 
SECTION II
 
Water is not an endless resource. To ensure access to clean potable water for our future generations, responsible water management is critical right now. PWS has made huge strides towards water conservation at our site. We have reduced the water usage in our facility by 67%.
 
1.       WATER HEATER: The typical water heater used throughout the US constantly heats a large amount of water in a storage tank continuously. As a result there is considerable heat loss and wasted energy. PWS has purchased a gas powered tankless water heater. This heater heats water as needed and never runs out. This type of heater is approximately 30% more efficient.
 
2.       PLUMBING FIXTURES: All of the water fixtures throughout our facility are equipped with aerators thereby greatly reducing the water used but still providing comfortable flow rates. Sinks within restrooms are also motion controlled to prevent excess running water.
 
3.       URINALS/TOILETS: PWS has purchased touch free, hygienic waterless urinals. Each unit is conserving an average of 40,000 gallons per year as compared to standard water-based urinal. Furthermore the traps in the urinal are non-disposable so they are also reducing landfill waste. The toilets are low flow dual flush toilets too. 
 
 
SECTION III
 
Energy and atmosphere management is a critical component to the efficient operation of an office. By choosing effective products and ensuring their proper function, the demand on the environment will be reduced and operating costs for the owner will be reduced. As far as we are concerned this is a win-win situation for everyone. 
 
1.       ENHANCED COMMISSIONING: When HVAC systems are purchased, they go through a basic balancing. This provides very limited confirmation of actual performance to committed standards. LEED certifications required at minimum a fundamental commissioning of all systems to confirm that every component meets its expected performance at time of installation. This is important as there is no point in purchasing a product that does not perform to its standards. PWS has gone one step further and contracted for an enhanced commissioning. This service ensures proper functioning of all systems from the design phase through installation, and after 10 months of service.
 
2.       LIGHTING: PWS has made extensive improvements to our lighting systems to increase efficiency and to reduce adverse environmental impact.
 
a.       All lights within our facility are motion controlled. When there is not an occupant in the area they will automatically turn off.
b.       Offices that have windows are equipped with sensors to dim the overhead lights when the ambient light is great enough.
c.        LED task lamps are at each workstation to provide greater employee comfort and they only use 9 watts of energy at full capacity.
d.       All fluorescent lights in the facility are low mercury lights and contain high efficient T-5 fluorescent bulbs. PWS also has a purchasing policy in place to ensure continued use of the specified products.
 
3.       ELECTRONICS/APPLIANCES: Electronic devices consume large amounts of energy. Utilizing Energy Star certified appliances greatly reduces power consumption. Over 93% of electronics within PWS’ facility are Energy Star Certified. PWS’ vending machines are also equipped with motion sensors so they turn off when not in use.
 
4.       GREEN ENERGY: Although most of PWS’ energy needs are provided by the solar panels on our roof we still have occasional excess needs due to energy peaks and reduced power generation based on environmental conditions. PWS has committed to purchasing 100% of our excess energy from Green E certified sources such as wind and solar.
 
5.       HVAC: PWS’ HVAC system has been configured to operate efficiently and to provide the maximum comfort to staff and visitors.
a.       CO2 sensors are installed in major traffic areas to monitor air quality. When the carbon dioxide level is raised, the system will automatically inject fresh air into the area to ensure maximum comfort and productivity.
b.       The system is also equipped with an energy wheel that energizes to pre heat or cool area before it enters the HVAC unit thereby reducing the energy demand.
c.        MERV 13 filtration is also used on the system to help provide fresh breathing air.
d.       Multiple zones are within the facility to ensure maximum comfort throughout the office too.
e.       All refrigerants in the system are non-CFC based.
 
 
SECTION IV
 
Moving into a new facility has considerable impact on the environment from the materials used to create the space to the energy demand to get product into it. PWS has signed a 10 year lease on our new facility to limit the excess demand caused from regular moves. Throughout the entire design and build process we have taken steps to reduce our impact.
 
1.       CONSTRUCTION WASTE: A plan was created and implemented that has prevented 95% of the construction waste from entering a landfill. 
 
2.       99% of the furnishing in our new space has been reused, re-purposed, or salvaged whilst still proving a clean and effective workplace. 
a.       The chairs within our lobby have been salvaged from torn down historic stadiums. These vintage chairs not only have an interesting background, but they also were diverted from a landfill.
b.       A salvaged C-130 wing has been converted into our conference table. A plane that used to carry cargo is now being used in our conference room. Our old conference table has been cut in half and is being used in our second conference room and in our warehouse.
c.        Several desks and credenzas and a table in the office have been made from salvaged barn wood.
d.       Used workstations have been upgraded with 100% recycled fabrics and installed in the office.
e.       Several rugs in the office have been purchased made from soda bottles and tape measures.
f.        All furniture that was in good condition was also reused.
g.       Any furnishings that were no longer used were donated to a local charity.
h.       A few chairs needed to be purchased, but they are all Greenguard certified.
 
3.       PWS has extensively used recycled, rapidly renewable and regionally acquired products for this project. 
a.       The ceiling tiles are 80% recycled
b.       Insulation in the facility is made from 90% recycled wool. This product has great insulative, sound dampening, fire and mold control qualities and it is much safer for installers.
c.        The drywall that we have sourced from Pennsylvania is 96% recycled. Drywall from the Baltimore region typically only contains 5% recycled content.
d.       All wood products used to construct our office are FSC certified. 
e.       Concrete used to pour our ramp contains a minimum 15% fly ash. Fly ash is a byproduct of coal production. By using it we are diverting waste and reducing the amount of cement needed.   Cement production utilizes a lot of energy. For every ton of cement diverted the following is saved:
                                                               i.      6.5 million BTU’s of electricity
                                                              ii.      One ton of carbon dioxide
                                                            iii.      Enough energy to power an average American home for 24 days.
                                                            iv.      Carbon dioxide emissions for 2 months of an average automobile.
f.        PWS’ marketing department has been made out of a salvaged 40’ High Cube Ocean container. We cut off a side, refinished the exotic hard wood floors, manufactured desks out of Sunflower Seeds and used recycled carpet tiles in the expanded area. 
g.       Rather than use highly toxic counter top laminates PWS opted to use bamboo for our operations counters. This bamboo is not only rapidly renewable, but it is also FSC certified and contains no added Urea or Formaldehyde. 
h.       A product called Paperstone has been used for our kitchen counters, restroom dividers, and office transaction counters. Paperstone is a product made from 100% recycled office paper. Each 1" x 60" x 144" slab of Paperstone saves the following over a standard commercial product:
 
1233 gallons of water
2.03 million BTU’s of energy
131 pounds of solid waste
254 pounds of greenhouse gases
55 pounds of petroleum based phenol
22 pounds of natural gas based methanol
 
i.         Our warehouse contains 2 security cages. The cages are made from 85% post consumer and 13% pre consumer recycled aluminum.
 
 
SECTION V
 
To ensure maximum comfort and productivity for our team members, the air we breathe must not be harmful to our health. At first glance a fresh new office seems to be great, but there are a lot of toxic chemicals that are used in new construction that are  unhealthy for our staff, visitors, or the construction crew that built our space. Many of the chemicals  used in new construction or furniture will off gas into the atmosphere for over a year.
 
PWS has taken the utmost of care to limit the amount of volatile organic compounds within our facility. All of the paints, coatings, adhesives, and furniture within our site meet or exceed LEED standards for low emitting materials. Examples of the products used in our space include:
 
·         Eco procote concrete stain and floor sealant. The entire facility was stained and sealed using this ZERO VOC product that is soy based. PWS did pay a premium for this product, but it is non toxic, easy to install, and beats the standard commercial products in durability tests.
·         Sherwin Williams Harmony (Zero VOC) and Benjamin Moore (low VOC) paints were used to paint the walls including the mural in the lobby. These paints coat just as well and last as long as all other higher VOC commercial products.
·         99% of the furniture is reused or salvaged; therefore, adding no emitting chemicals. The only new product purchased was 18 conference chairs. These are Greenguard certified and non-emitting.
·         All adhesives, paint strippers and other chemicals are LOW or zero VOC.
·         PWS has a green cleaning program and only uses Greenguard certified cleaners and soaps.
·         PWS has a purchasing plan in place to ensure that only low mercury light bulbs and environmentally friendly refrigerants are purchased.