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Energy and Environment A Sustainable Foundation


This Earth Week, Business Roundtable is highlighting just a few of our member companies’ many sustainability initiatives. These are all part of our 10th annual sustainability report, Create, Grow, Sustain: Delivering Shared Success.

For Hearst President and Chief Executive Officer Steven R. Swartz, the leading global diversified media, information and services company’s commitment to sustainability starts right at home. Hearst Tower global headquarters in New York City, which opened in 2006, has been lauded for its use of recycled materials, reduced emissions and ongoing environmental improvements.

Hearst Tower: Building a Sustainable Future

The first skyscraper to rise in New York after 9/11, Hearst Tower is a testament to the city’s resilience and resourcefulness. The innovative design employed by renowned architect Norman Foster features an efficient diagrid system that uses four-story triangles on the façade, requiring about 2,000 tons less structural steel than a conventional building. Rainwater, collected and stored in a 14,000-gallon basement reclamation tank, irrigates vegetation while humidifying and chilling the Tower’s 10-story atrium via a striking icefall.

The Tower rises nearly 600 feet above the landmark six-story base commissioned by William Randolph Hearst in 1926 and completed in 1928. Now it is continually upgraded to reflect advances in green technology and standards. It has earned U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating, the LEED Platinum certification.

For the company’s CEO, Hearst headquarters reflects a deeper commitment to sustainable growth that delivers shared success. This includes recycling nearly 90 percent of total waste and launching an initiative to ensure its publications are printed on paper sourced from sustainably managed forests.

“Hearst believes that sustainability must be enterprising, ongoing and broadly defined,” said Swartz. “This notion encompasses our print products, digital businesses, Hearst Tower global headquarters and the health and well-being of our 20,000 employees.”

For Hearst, the company’s home embodies its employees’ strong commitment to achieving shared success, while conserving resources for future generations.