A strong corporate commitment to environmental responsibility is something very important to us at Michaels Energy. That commitment was at the forefront of our process to convert the second floor of a 100-year-old department store into the current home of Michaels Energy.
When creating our new office space, we pursued green features that made economic sense and increased the quality of the office environment for our employees. Sustainable features include:
- Downtown location with access to public transportation
- Bicycle storage and a shower/changing room
- Views to the outdoors for more than 95% of the occupants
- Nearly a 50% reduction in potable water use
- Optimized HVAC and lighting systems, including daylighting
- Reuse of office furniture
- Green cleaning policy
- Composting and recycling practically all post-consumer waste from the office
As a result, the Michaels office achieved Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) rating system. Michaels’ office is the first project in the Coulee Region awarded LEED Gold certification, as well as the first project in western Wisconsin certified under the LEED CI rating system.
In addition, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized Michaels as a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB). Michaels achieved this recognition because we encourage employees to include healthy activity in their daily routines. Even on the busiest days, a bike commuter still gets a dose of exercise. Bike riders also reduce congestion during rush hour, and have a minimal impact on roads. We provide the bicycling amenities listed above, as well as a maintenance station for employees to use to keep their bikes in good condition.