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DuPont achieves second LEED Gold Building
Certification at Wilmington-area campus

Event showcases role of engineers in energy conservation and environmental sustainability 

Wilmington (Feb. 20, 2014) – DuPont today announced that a four-story, 170,000 square foot office building at its Chestnut Run Plaza facility has achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the Gold level. This is the second Gold level LEED certification that DuPont achieved for new construction projects in the Wilmington area.

The company is a co-sponsor of National Engineers Week (Feb. 16-22, 2014) and held an event in which DuPont Chief Engineer Karen A. Fletcher joined Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara in celebrating the role that engineers play in designing environmentally friendly buildings and processes.

“The LEED Gold certification is just one example of DuPont’s commitment to provide the world with tools that reduce the amount of energy required, while assuring that the world has the supplies of the increasingly clean energy it needs to thrive,” said Fletcher.  DuPont engineers play a pivotal role not only in the design of green buildings, but also in building sustainability into the products we develop, the way we make them and our working environment.”

“With these two LEED Gold-certified buildings, DuPont is leading by example and demonstrating that sustainability and green engineering are key parts of the 21st century business model,” said Secretary O’Mara. “I hope that by highlighting these buildings and the benefits of green construction as part of National Engineers Week, engineers and engineering students will be encouraged to explore this vital and growing area of construction design today as a way to improve our environment for tomorrow.”

At the event, DuPont engineers welcomed middle school students from Holy Angels School in Newark who recently designed and built a virtual, sustainable city in a regional engineering competition tied to National Engineers Week.

“DuPont is thrilled to showcase the work of these students, whose design of a future city embodies the impact that engineers can have on communities across the world,” said Fletcher. “We hope more young people will consider careers in engineering if they are passionate about making a difference in society.”

The LEED green building rating system – developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council – promotes design and construction practices that increase profitability, reduce environmental impacts and improve occupant health and well-being. DuPont’s office building features more than 20 DuPont products and includes the following aspects of sustainable design:

·        More than half of the construction waste was diverted to be recycled.

·        95 percent of the structural steel used is from recycled materials.

·        Low-flow faucets and low-gallon, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals reduce water consumption by 40 percent.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

Vol. 44, No. 45

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