In early June, Eataly Boston achieved LEED Gold Certification under the Commercial Interiors Retail rating system. The 45,000 sq.ft. marketplace has everything a lover of all things Italian could ever want — enjoy a Lavazza coffee from the caffé while you shop for Italian goods in the retail, treat yourself to wine and cheese at the Piazza, or head to the top floor to the restaurant, Terra. Not only is Eataly delicious, it’s green, and we guarantee you will not regret an afternoon at Eataly.
As visitors to Boston, one of our favorite sustainability features at Eataly is its bustling location at Prudential Center and its partial siting at 888 Boylston, one of the city’s greenest and most energy efficient buildings. We also love that the lighting design is expected to save 186,209 kWh annually. Another energy saving strategy is the ENERGY STAR kitchen equipment such as the dishwashers, ice machines, and the friers, a no-cost, energy savings technology. These energy saving strategies earned Eataly over $25,000 in incentives from the local utilities.
Sustainability for Eataly doesn’t stop with the design and construction though. Eataly also has environmentally responsible procurement policies. It is full of locally-sourced produce, dairy, and other products such as charcuterie, meat and seafood. Disposable containers are compostable. When you visit Eataly, you will learn all about what they are doing to be sustainability minded and responsible — there is a ton of signage to help guide you and understand the decisions you make as a conscious consumer.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Eataly demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Boston location.”
The Boston store is the third LEED certification for the Eataly US team. The World Trade Center store in New York was certified Gold in 2016 and Chicago was certified Silver in 2014. Next up and right here in our backyard is Los Angeles at Westfield Century City. The team members at A/G have provided LEED consulting and commissioning on all mentioned locations and we can’t wait to be able to enjoy Italy at Eataly LA.