New Headquarters Set to Anchor the 1st Certified LEED Neighborhood Pilot Project in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Calif. (September 12, 2012) – Rainbow Light® Nutritional Systems, a leader in natural, whole food-based supplements, will relocate its corporate headquarters to the new Delaware Addition on the West side of Santa Cruz. The Delaware Addition is among the first 25 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Neighborhood Pilot Projects in the United States, certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Rainbow Light’s new headquarters will become the banner building and a gateway to the neighborhood, with close proximity to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, which is the company’s home community of 31 years.
“We’re thrilled and proud to be the anchor building in the first LEED neighborhood in Santa Cruz,” says Rainbow Light president Linda Kahler. “The green innovations in site and building design represented by the Delaware Addition are perfectly aligned with Rainbow Light’s long-term commitment to environmental stewardship and to our roots in the Santa Cruz community.”
LEED is an internationally recognized mark of excellence and the Delaware Addition has helped set the new international standard for sustainable communities, including conserving water and energy, mixing commercial and residential uses in higher-density configurations, proximity to existing communities and infrastructure, bike and pedestrian ways, charging stations for electric cars and providing the types of amenities that make traditional car trips shorter or even unnecessary.
“By design, this project responds to the way we want to live today, and the way we will be living in the future,” says Mark Primack, the architect behind the Delaware Addition, who has maintained his practice in Santa Cruz since 1978. “This neighborhood will balance work and living space, shopping and recreation in one convenient, flexible and environmentally conscious location. It promotes Santa Cruz as a globally recognized design destination. And Rainbow Light's new headquarters will help set the bar for next the generation of sustainable work environments.”
Rainbow Light expects construction on its new site to begin in late 2012 with a move-in date projected in 2013. This move is the most recent commitment in Rainbow Light’s long history of environmental stewardship. Since its inception, the company has been devoted to operating sustainably and was the first natural vitamin manufacturer to convert to EcoGuard™ bottles, made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, which reduces plastic waste and promotes recycling. The company’s mission is to build a stronger state of health for its customers, natural trade partners, the global community and the planet. For more information on Rainbow Light visit www.rainbowlight.com.
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