Biodiversity & Research Conservation

Goodyear’s global headquarters building in Akron, Ohio, earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council®. At 639,000 square feet, it is among the largest LEED Gold certified buildings in Ohio.

The LEED green building program ensures buildings conserve energy, water and other resources and are safer and healthier for occupants. Gold certification indicates Goodyear’s high level of investment in best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The building, which opened in May 2013, was designed to meet LEED requirements and align with the company’s shared value to care for the environment and communities. During the certification process, the building earned LEED bonus points for creative design elements, such as embedding a triple-gas blend within the layers of glass walls to save energy, incorporating wood veneer from 100-year-old logs dredged from the Ohio River, and recycling 95 percent of construction waste.

Almost 90 percent of the wood in the building is from sustainable sources, and the two types of roof systems—white and vegetated—reduce heat gain. The building’s low-flow plumbing fixtures allow for a water-use reduction of 42 percent, and more than 53 percent of the site area—331,000 square feet—was restored with native or adaptive species plantings that require little watering or maintenance. Among the building’s employee amenities are fitness facilities, bicycle storage and showers/changing rooms. The building upholds Goodyear’s Zero Waste to Landfill initiative, meeting the same requirement of all global Goodyear manufacturing facilities to send no manufacturing waste to landfills.

Some of the building’s qualifications to earn a LEED Gold rating:

  • 90% rainfall captured or treated by storm-water mitigation infrastructure
  • More than 89% of wood from sustainable sources (exceeded 20% requirement)
  • 53% of the project’s site area is vegetated, open space that features native grasses requiring little watering or tending
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures enable a water-use reduction of nearly 42%
  • Two types of roof areas—white and vegetated—reduce heat gain in the building
  • Motion-detect lighting based on building occupancy
  • 100% of building’s two-year power needs purchased from renewable sources

 

Goodyear's newest manufacturing plant in Pulandian, China, was designed with energy-efficient features and received official LEED Gold certification in 2012. The plant was certified as a clean production plant by the Dalian EPA in December 2012. Some of the highlights of the Pulandian facility include:

  • Zero solvent use: The plant does not use any solvent, instead using hot apexers and trend-end heaters during manufacturing.
  • Recycling wastewater: An advanced wastewater treatment plant was built for oil/water separation, water neutralization, bioreaction, reverse osmosis, and crystallization (evaporation). The plant is zero discharge with wastewater effluent reused onsite with only a minute amount of ash generated from the evaporation process.
  • Energy-saving lighting equipment: Sky lights are located throughout the plant to provide natural light. For all in-house lighting, the plant also uses Light Emitting Diode (LED) systems to use less power and reduce waste.
  • Environmental education: Associates continue to be educated on ways to protect the environment, including reducing the use of paper, electricity, water and natural resources.

 

STORIES FROM OUR REGIONS

  • The associates from Goodyear’s plant in Americana, Brazil, reinforce their commitment to biodiversity and protecting the environment through tree planting events. In 2014, the associates worked as a team and planted more than 1,000 trees.
  • In Peru, Goodyear associates held multiple events for local community members, including schoolchildren, to raise awareness of important environmental issues. The activities focused on topics, such as preserving the marine habitat, the importance of recycling, environmental care, and proper waste management. One of the events, a tree planting, attracted 450 people from the local community.
  • Goodyear Dunlop Tires Suisse customers and associates planted the company’s third protection forest, placing 500 young trees at 1,200 meters above sea level in the Swiss Alps. Goodyear sponsored the reforestation project to help rejuvenate lands that had been destroyed by Hurricane Lothar and cleared for the construction of Stanserhorn, the world’s only ragtop ropeway. During the first two protection forest plantings, 1,500 spruces were planted.
  • Seventy employees of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany participated in the "Clean Sweep" environmental initiative, Germany's largest anti-litter campaign. During the statewide event, the employees gathered more than 55 garbage bags of litter.
  • As part of the celebration of Goodyear's 70 years of operation in Peru, associates planted 140 trees and 1,700 flowers on the Miguel Grau Square in the community of Carmen de la Legua Reynoso. The activity accompanied an environmental awareness campaign focused on preventing environmental pollution. Working with Fundades, a local non-profit organization, the Goodyear associates helped bring the message to local students, senior citizens and residents.
  • Goodyear Colombia sponsored "Tree Day," an event that includes children in fun activities that focus on the importance of natural resource protection. As part of the event, trees were planted near the plant's soccer field.
  • A 7.5-acre tract of property at Goodyear's plant in Lawton, Oklahoma, is being developed as a wetlands area. Trees have been planted, the ground seeded and fertilized, and a temporary irrigation system installed to enhance the vegetative growth. A display stand will be constructed adjoining the plant property for school groups to view the area and conduct wetlands research.
Goodyear Global Headquarters

Goodyear’s global headquarters building in Akron, Ohio, earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council®.

LEED 2014 Gold rating

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold rating.

Goodyear’s newest manufacturing plant in Pulandian, China.

Goodyear Tree Planting

Associates from Goodyear’s plant in Americana, Brazil, reinforce their commitment to biodiversity and protecting the environment through tree planting events.

Goodyear Peru Planting Trees

In Peru, Goodyear associates held multiple events for local community members, including schoolchildren, to raise awareness of important environmental issues.