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Amazon’s sustainable HQ2

Five years ago, there was a fierce national competition between communities to host a glamorous new office building as part of Amazon's second headquarters ambitions.
Arlington, Virginia, the community that prevailed, was chosen as the location for Amazon's HQ2, also known as Metropolitan Park, a new corporate campus, the first phase of which debuted in late May. And it is proud of some significant sustainability accomplishments.
According to Kara Hurst, vice president for worldwide sustainability at Amazon, in a blog post for the firm, "At HQ2, we challenged ourselves to push the limits of what's possible when it comes to sustainable construction and design."
Thanks to a vast variety of qualifications, including renewable energy, water efficiency, and energy efficiency, the new building has gained a LEED Platinum certification.
Met Park is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, sourced from a solar farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Amazon is contracted to draw 82 megawatts of capacity from the 120 MW solar farm, according to Chris Roe, director of energy and sustainable operations for the company. "The remaining portion of energy generated by the solar farm was contracted by Arlington County and will provide clean energy for use in the region," Roe said in an email.
This solar energy is enough to power the entire office because the facility is completely electrified.

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