Honda Burnishes “Green” Status—with Buildings

Although vehicle manufacturers are tripping all over themselves trying to out “green” one another, Honda has an interesting claim with a good environmental pedigree: it now has the most LEED-certified (that’s as in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in North America.

Although vehicle manufacturers are tripping all over themselves trying to out “green” one another, Honda has an interesting claim with a good environmental pedigree: it now has the most LEED-certified (that’s as in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in North America.

The number is now 11, with the latest being the Honda Engineering North America’ Powertrain Div. facility in Anna, Ohio (it provides manufacturing tooling deign and engineering support for the Anna Engine Plant, which is next door, and which happens to be Honda’s largest automobile plant anywhere), and Honda Canada’s new head office in Markham, Ontario. The former was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the latter by the Canada Green Building Council.

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Honda Canada HQ—LEED Gold certified

Now Honda has 11 LEED-certified building in North America, with the others ranging from the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California, to the Marine Engine Research Facility in Grant-Valkaria, Florida.

Green is as green does. (Honda, incidentally, has topped the “greenest vehicle” list from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for 11 years running, with the Civic GX—the natural gas model—being in first place for the past 8.)