FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, recently opened the new package sorting center, which conducts operations under the largest continuous vegetated roof at an airport in the U.S.—or the size of three football fields. At just under 175,000 square feet, the roof is plainly visible from planes as they land at one of the world’s busiest airports. The recently-opened building is also the largest green roof on a freestanding building in the greater Chicago area.
- Reducing air pollution
- Reducing storm water runoff
- Extending the average life of a roof from 15-20 years to 40-50 years
- Lowering energy costs by 35 percent a year
- Reducing airport noise
“We have integrated responsible environmental practices into our daily operations, and we continuously work toward goals that challenge us to increase efficiencies, reduce waste and emissions and provide innovative solutions for our customers.”
FedEx and the OMP are also pursuing LEED Gold certification for the facility, extending the company’s intent announced earlier this year of LEED certification for all new US FedEx Express properties.