Innovation in Practice

Novel features of the Hewlett building earned four LEED innovation credits for strategies and accomplishments beyond the formal criteria:

  • A nonpetroleum alternative to asphalt paving
  • An extraordinarily high percentage of wood from certified forests
  • The exclusive use of nontoxic cleaning products
  • Use of the building as a teaching tool

Although not related to the LEED certification, commitment to the practical application of environmental values is also evidenced in the Hewlett Foundation's participation in the Environmental Grantmakers Association's Philanthropy as Stewardship program. This program encourages foundations to take account of the environmental consequences of decisions concerning procurement, office procedures, recycling programs, and other business practices.

Our hope for our building is that it will both inspire our work and contribute to increased interest in environmental technologies.

Paul Brest
President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation