A Case Study in Sustainability: Interface and Salesforce
Salesforce sets a high bar for sustainable materials, turns to Interface as partner with equally high standards for its flooring solutions
As time marches on, the hurdles ahead only loom larger and the responsibilities prove heavier for the health of our planet. Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, is one of the few modern companies stepping up to the challenge of climate action–delivering a carbon neutral cloud to all customers, has achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally, and is on track to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2022.
Salesforce Tower, the heart of the tech giant’s San Francisco global headquarters campus, is already a LEED Platinum Core and Shell building. However, Salesforce is shooting for more, including LEED Platinum Commercial certification for the interiors of the San Francisco tower, which are still being built out.
By partnering with Interface, the flooring solutions designer and manufacturer, and largest global producer of carpet tile, Salesforce is a step further to achieving their mission. Interface provides flooring from carpet to custom LVT throughout all of Salesforce’s major office projects, including Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.
The interiors of Salesforce Tower are a representation of the company’s “Ohana” workplace design standards. Meaning “family” in Hawaiian and developed by the combined teams of Mark Cavagnero Associates and The Wiseman Group, Salesforce’s Ohana design philosophy is built off principles that prioritize residential-finishes that embody warmth, collaboration, and a connection to nature. And just as fierce as the company’s commitment to the delivery of quality products is, Salesforce is as commitment to sustainability.
“It told a story,” explained Salesforce’s Green Building Program Manager, Amanda von Almen, LEED AP, of Interface’s Urban Retreat Collection, which was used in Salesforce Tower. “[The product] met our values of making the office feel like home and incorporating more biophilic, natural design elements. As a carbon neutral product thanks to its Carbon Neutral Floors program, [Urban Retreat] is also made of 100 percent recycled nylon, some of which comes from recycled fishing nets. So it’s actually removing waste from the environment, offering something more tangible for our employees to understand.”
According to von Almen, the Salesforce sustainability and real estate teams have had a close collaboration over the past few years to make sure that both its offices and operations are delivering “healthy and sustainable spaces for employees to do their best work,” by putting actual policies in place to meet that end. Salesforce Tower’s design and product selection served as the impetus for one such policy: the company’s healthy materials program. It represents Salesforce’s official dedication to responsible sourcing practices through the launch of a score-based tool that helps Salesforce ensure it is only utilizing products that represent the most transparent manufacturing practices and safest ingredients possible.
Both Interface and Salesforce are greatly focused not only on carbon neutrality, but on the reduction of embodied carbon within products. Interface announced this year all of its products across the globe as carbon neutral, and also recently developed a carbon negative prototype carpet tile with Proof Positive. Additionally, the company is committed to carbon negativity overall. At the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, Interface announced it would become a carbon negative company by 2040. Also part of the Summit, Salesforce announced it will pursue Net Zero Carbon Building certification and LEED Platinum v4 Platinum standards for all new major Salesforce workspaces established after 2020.
“That will require us to continue with high quality renewable energy sourced either onsite or locally, measuring embodied carbon, and ensuring that we build to the highest efficiency standards,” said von Almen.
For more information about Interface’s various sustainable product lines, visit Interface.com