Wyoming, MN site honored for its sustainable green building practices
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Polaris Industries Inc. today announced that its Research & Development site in Wyoming, MN has officially achieved the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for new construction. The LEED certification demonstrates Polaris’ commitment to environmentally sound business practices.
Polaris’ Wyoming site earned LEED certification by meeting the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) strict criteria designed to promote sustainability. Numerous features that make the site more environmentally friendly were incorporated into the design to achieve LEED certification. Some of these include: large windows and rooftop monitors to harness natural light for use indoors, water efficient landscaping throughout the site, a commitment to using local building materials manufactured within 500 miles of the site, low flow plumbing fixtures, an Energy Star rated roofing system, and a stormwater handling system that meets the EPA’s best management practices.
“Our Wyoming facility represents the coupling of environmentally sound and financially sound business planning,” said Bob Kollross, who oversaw the construction for Polaris. “The goal of an environmentally sound facility with LEED certification was a major initiative for Polaris. The LEED certification is an honor we are extremely proud of. This was a true team effort between Polaris and our project partners, Pope Associates Inc. and the RYAN Companies US, Inc.”
From the onset of the project, Polaris management committed to achieving LEED certification. The sustainable design features are mutually beneficial to both the environment and the company. As a result of following the LEED guidelines, the Wyoming site saves $53,728 annually in energy costs, uses 188,400 fewer gallons of water per year and conserved 343 tons of materials which would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
With annual 2006 sales of $1.7 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser and touring marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.