FirstEnergy’s West Akron Campus is among the largest office building in northeast Ohio to be awarded Gold Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)* program. Construction on the building was completed in 2008.
The company's West Virginia Operations Headquarters in Fairmont, W.Va., which is home to Mon Power utility operations and a regional transmission control center, also received LEED certification after it was completed in 2010. It was among the first buildings in the area to receive LEED certification.
In addition, the 70,000 square-foot Akron transmission control center, completed in 2013, achieved Silver LEED certification. Transmission control centers utilize advanced computer systems to monitor electrical grid reliability.
LEED is an internationally recognized third-party green building certification system that recognizes buildings that have met the highest possible green building standards and verifies a project’s level of environmental responsibility and ability to provide occupants with a healthy place to live and work.
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On September 4, 2018, FirstEnergy published the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) environmental, social, governance, and sustainability-related (ESG/sustainability) reporting template. FirstEnergy is voluntarily participating in this EEI-led initiative to help provide the investment community with more uniform and consistent ESG/Sustainability data and information.
The EEI ESG/Sustainability Reporting template includes both a qualitative and quantitative section. The qualitative section highlights FE’s ESG governance, as well as ESG plans and progress, while the quantitative section includes data on FE’s portfolio, emissions, capital expenditures, and resources.
FirstEnergy recently responded to the 2018 CDP Climate and CDP Water disclosures, and plans to publish additional ESG materials in 2019, including a Climate Risk Report and an updated Sustainability Report.