The Navy Yard News
Special Green Issue: Dedicated to Sustainability
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The Navy Yard Business
Exelon Epuron Solar Energy
Profile: Center at The Navy Yard
Changing World Technologies, Inc.
(CWT) operates a research and Epuron LLC, one of the world’s
development facility at The Navy Yard. leading project development
The company’s patented Thermal and structured finance
Conversion Process (TCP) converts a companies in the renewable
broad range of organic wastes — energy sector, will finance and
including agricultural and food develop the Exelon Epuron
processing waste, mixed plastics, Solar Energy Center at The
rubbers and foams — into renewable Navy Yard. The facility will
diesel fuels and other valuable co- generate approximately 1.5
products. million kilowatt hours of solar
energy and solar renewable
CWT’s technology has been reviewed energy credits annually. The
and validated by the Massachusetts power will be purchased by
Institute of Technology (MIT), the U.S. Exelon Generation Company as
Department of Energy (DOE), the part of Epuron’s pre-existing 4+ megawatt power purchase agreement (PPA) with
American Plastics Council and the the utility (the 3 megawatt facility is currently under construction in Bucks County,
Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP), a PA).The aggregate project is the largest solar photovoltaic installation on the east
consortium of the big three U.S. coast. In addition, the solar facility at The Navy Yard will be the largest photovoltaic
automobile manufacturers. CWT’s facility to be built within a major US city.
work at The Navy Yard facility includes
processing sewage sludge for the City The 1.4 megawatt solar energy center, located on a 7-acre former landfill in the
of Philadelphia and joint research with Girard Point industrial area of The Navy Yard, will include more than 5,000
VRP. An upcoming project, in photovoltaic panels. Over the course of its 20-year operating life, this solar energy
conjunction with Gas Technology facility at The Navy Yard will provide the following environmental benefits:
Institute and Desert Research Institute,
through a DOE grant, will focus on • Produce nearly 56 million kilowatt hours of carbon-free electricity
applications to convert biomass into • Offset approximately 100 thousand barrels of oil
alternative energy products and • Equivalent to planting 300 acres of mature trees annually
renewable fuels. • Offset 40-50 million miles of cars being driven
• Reduce carbon dioxide production by 45-50 million pounds
CWT’s operations at The Navy Yard
will continue to focus on “The Exelon Epuron Solar Center at
commercializing the company’s The Navy Yard is an important step
patented technologies to provide towards a more economically diverse
Changing World Technologies, Inc. 1
improved solutions for waste handling and sustainable Philadelphia,” said Mayor
Exelon Epuron Solar Energy Center
reduction and production of Michael A. Nutter. “I am pleased that
Greening Our Open Spaces and Roads 2
The Navy Yard Welcomes
my administration, in coordination with
the state and PIDC, could bring this
One Crescent Drive 3
For more information, please visit
The Navy’s Green Activities
How Can I Get Involved 4
Philly Car Share
Urban Outfitter’s Restoration 5
The Navy Yard Businesses 6
Greening our Open Spaces and Roads
PIDC’s 2004 master plan established a focus on sustainability
and the use of environmentally friendly materials for
development projects and site operations throughout The Navy
Yard. In compliance with the Philadelphia Water Department’s
low impact development initiatives,The Navy Yard is launching a
pilot program using innovative storm water management
systems in the construction of 11th street and the new diagonal
boulevard through the Corporate Center. Utilizing design
features to treat rain water before it enters the sewer system
will improve the quality of the water treatment process.The
sustainable mission includes drought tolerant, low maintenance
materials and plantings.
In addition to the 10 acres of parks that currently exist at The
Navy Yard, League Island Park, a 2.5 acre park planned between
11th and 12th Streets on Constitution Avenue will also utilize
sustainable innovation in its green spaces. An expansive storm
water collection system designed as a constructed wetland with
native grasses will edge the central mounded lawn oval. A
footbridge will lead pedestrians from the perimeter walking
paths to the “island”. Decorative wood pilings have been
incorporated as lighting features and remnants of pier slabs will
provide opportunities for seating. Recycled shells from the
Delaware River will be ground and utilized as a soft paving
The project team includes Wells Appel, landscape architects,
and KS Engineers, P.C. of Philadelphia.
THE NAVY YARD WELCOMES
Light-Pod is a leading optical and electronics design Yuasa Battery Inc. is the leading provider of
engineering firm strategically focused to manufacture batteries for the power sports industry in North
advanced energy efficient solid state lighting systems for America. At The Navy Yard,Yuasa Battery Inc., in
mission critical environments. Light-Pod was selected by the collaboration with GS Yuasa Power Supply Ltd., is
Navy to develop replacement lighting fixtures for the next developing and establishing Dispatchable
generation destroyer class ships. In early 2008, Light-Pod Distributed Energy Storage systems designed as
introduced the Illuminator series lighting fixture which has Alternative Energy solutions for the Electricity
completed and passed electronic military qualification for Industry. The Destiny ESM (™ pending) units can
Navy shipboard use.The core development team of Light- function as a stand alone load leveling resource or
Pod combines the experience of over 50 years of design in integrate with solar panels to provide significant
the lighting marketplace.Today they provide application energy load shifting thereby greatly maximizing the
based lighting products as well as advanced engineering efficiency of solar or other renewable energy
design services for the military and commercial markets. initiatives.
Light-Pod’s cost effective energy efficient design and
production capabilities set industry standards for high
For additional information about Yuasa Battery Inc.,
performance and reliability.
please contact Corbin Whittington at
For more information about Light-Pod and the Illuminator
series lighting fixture, please visit www.light-pod.com.
Light-Pod and Yuasa Battery Inc., the two newest Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)
companies at The Navy Yard, have located in the Building 100 Innovation Center.
One Crescent Drive Makes History
As the first speculative building constructed Compared to a typical office building, One
under the master plan and paving the trail Crescent Drive saves over 30% on utility
for a new commercial sub-market, it was costs equating to over $65,000 per year.
critical that One Crescent Drive set a high
standard for Navy Yard development. Green practices were also incorporated
Sustainability was a critical element in into the construction process as over 30%
helping to set that standard so Liberty of the materials used in construction
Property Trust and Synterra Partners contained recycled content; over 95% of
committed to developing One Crescent construction waste was kept out of landfills;
Drive according to L.E.E.D. (Leadership in air pollution caused by traditional concrete
Energy & Environmental Design) standards, curing methods was reduced by 40%; and
a “green” building rating system created by over 40% of the materials used in
the United States Green Building Council construction were manufactured and/or
to set a measurable standard for sustainable extracted within 500 miles of the site. In
and environmentally responsible design. addition, One Crescent Drive implements a
green house-keeping program and its
The building utilizes a number of energy building systems are constantly monitoring
and water saving features including a four- carbon dioxide levels and adjusting the
story atrium which maximizes natural light; amount of fresh air intake in the building as
exterior sun shades and a white roof, both needed. One Crescent Drive’s High
of which reduce heat gain; and state-of-the- Performance, Green design exemplifies The
art heating and cooling systems. One Crescent Drive achieved a L.E.E.D.-CS Navy Yard’s commitment to sustainability.
Platinum certification, making it first
developer-owned Platinum L.E.E.D.-CS For more information, please visit:
building in the world. www.libertyproperty.com.
The Navy’s Green Activities at The Navy Yard
While the large ships anchored in the reserve basin and in the Delaware River provide us with a daily reminder of the Navy’s
presence, the vastness of the Navy’s activity is relatively unknown to most Navy Yard employees. The Navy Yard is home to
more the 2,700 Navy civilian employees working among several units. These Navy units perform functions ranging from fleet
management to the development of state-of-the-art systems for the Navy ships of the future. Spending over $500 million on
research and development from their Navy Yard operations, the Navy has focused significant resources on sustainable
environmentally friendly systems.
Some of the Navy’s green activities include:
Naval Surface Warfare Center, This organization provides the Navy with their environmental quality engineering
Carderock Division – Ship technical capacity to meet their operational and readiness objectives.This core
Systems Engineering Station technical capability supports unbiased qualification testing and evaluation of
(NSWCCD-SSES) innovative naval environmental systems and commercial technologies for the U.S.
Navy, Army, and Coast Guard, the Military Sealift Command, as well as
Fuel Cell Lab This state-of-the-art laboratory is devoted to testing and evaluating fuel cell
power plants for naval surface and undersea applications. In addition to Navy
work, this lab is used by private industry and academia.
ISE Pollution Abatement This laboratory, which is uniquely outfitted to stimulate shipboard pollution
abatement systems, provides the capability to test fleet configurations to ensure
that effective pollution abatement systems are deployed and maintained. The
facility contains fully operational oil/water separators, including a newly developed
high – flow oil/water separator system recently approved for fleet wide
Sustainable design isn’t always about whiz-bang technology. At Urban Outfitters Inc.
corporate campus at The Navy Yard, sustainable design was achieved through the renewal
and restoration of five turn-of-the-century industrial warehouses. By carefully and
thoughtfully restoring each building to its original character, Urban Outfitters’ implemented a
series of “green” building strategies:
• By uncovering and restoring original windows and skylights, natural sunlight now floods
every workstation.The daylight not only reduces energy consumption but also improves
employee morale and productivity.
• In restoring the original rail lines and past circulation patterns inherent in the landscape,
Urban connected the inside with the outside and provided comfortable and inviting
spaces for employees to spend time outside.
• Construction debris and waste was often recycled on-site. Glass was crushed and
reused in flooring. Concrete and rock were reused in smaller pieces as decorative
elements at the base of columns and beams.
• Found objects were saved and reused - most notable wood beams are now the treads
of main staircases and original wood flooring is used as furnishings.
On the high-tech side, the buildings’ have improved thermal comfort with new HVAC
systems and increased ventilation. When lights are turned on, they are connected to timers
to further reduce energy use. Urban also uses an innovative storm water collection system
to protect the neighboring river.
Urban Outfitters worked with the architecture firm Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and
the landscape design firm D.I.R.T. Studio on the adaptive reuse of its five buildings at The
Photographs by Lara Swimmer/ESTO
Coming Soon... The Navy Yard is Getting Even Greener
Liberty Property Trust/Synterra L.P. is Tasty Baking Company is pursuing LEED® Liberty Property Trust/Synterra L.P.
developing Three Crescent Drive, and certification for its 350,000 square foot will incorporate innovative rain
is pursuing LEED® Gold Certification. baking facility, making it the world’s first gardens into the road design of The
LEED certified commercial bakery. Navy Yard’s Corporate Center.
How Can I Get Involved?
Clean Air Council is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization based in
Center City, Philadelphia. The Council has had countless successes, including helping to pass the
City of Philadelphia’s mandatory recycling law, the first of its kind in the nation, and implement
the Commonwealth’s automobile emissions inspection program. More recently, the Council
secured funding for and helped develop significant wind energy resources in Pennsylvania, led a
coalition to pass the City’s smoking ban, and worked with SEPTA to secure a significant new
commitment to purchase 400 new diesel-electric hybrid buses, which will replace the dirtiest of
the vehicles still in SEPTA’s fleet.
There are two major ways in which Navy Yard employers can get involved with the Council’s
programs, helping to improve air quality and public health, both for their employees and for the
community at large:
Promoting Sustainable Transportation Alternatives
The Council’s Mobility Alternatives Program promotes transportation alternatives, such as
public transportation and car/van pooling, as a way for businesses to boost benefits packages,
employee morale, and their bottom line. In turn, employees can save time and money on their
commute. For more information on the Mobility Alternatives Program, visit
www.cleanair.org/Transportation/map.htm, or contact Tim Kelly at Clean Air Council at
215-567-4004 ext. 110 or at email@example.com.
Purchasing Wind Energy
In the Philadelphia-area, businesses can conveniently purchase wind energy directly through
PECO. Entities as large as the Philadelphia International Airport and as small as the
Philadelphia Print Shop have recently made significant purchases of wind energy. To find out
more about how your company can purchase wind energy through PECO, contact Thurman
Brendlinger at Clean Air Council at 215-567-4004 ext. 104 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Interested in bringing PhillyCarShare to The Navy Yard?
For more information or to join, visit www.phillycarshare.org or call Gerald Furgione at 215-730-0988, ext. 107. Enter
promo code “Navy Yard” when signing up and receive $100 of driving credit for your business. Offer expires 6/30/08.
The Navy Yard Businesses
Geo-Centers, Inc. PNC Bank
General Dynamics Corporation Port of Philadelphia & Camden
George Young Company Potomac Navy Yard, LLC
Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Printcrafters, Inc.
Hargrove, Inc. Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.
Healthmark Incorporated Quaker Electrical & Mechanical
International Cruise Terminal Contractors, Inc.
iofy corporation Rebellion Pictures, LLC
Iroko Pharmaceuticals LLC Resource America, Inc.
Jamie Record Company Rhoads Industries
K-Sea Transportation River Associates
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. Landmar Enterprises, Inc. Rotem Company
American Shipping Corporation Life Cycle Engineering Sautter’s Café
AMSEC Light Pod Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
Anthropologie Living Naturally, LLC Smart Genetics
AppTec Laboratory Services Lockheed Martin Steven L. Gershman, Esquire
Barthco International, Inc. Lopez McHugh, LLP Stonehenge Advisors, Inc.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners McAllister Towing of Philadelphia, Inc. Tasty Baking Company
Canadian Pacific Railway McKean Defense Group Team Clean
Changing World Technologies MetroKids Publications Terrain
Chapel of the Four Chaplains Menasha Packaging Company, LLC Torcon Incorporated
Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and MinusNine Technologies Thackray Crane Rental, Inc.
Economic Development Moran Towing of Pennsylvania Unique Industries
Connolly Consulting Mothers Work, Inc. Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Cushman and Wakefield of PA, Inc. Nason Construction, Inc. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
DiNic’s of Snyder Ave., Inc. NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp. U.S. Navy
Duke Energy Generation Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Vericom Technologies
DVIRC P&A Associates VITETTA
EDO Corporation Penn State Great Valley Yuasa Battery Inc.
EG&G Pennsylvania Horticultural Society WHYY, Inc.
Excel Welding PennShip Services, LLC Wilmington Steel Processing Co.
Free People Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. Y Carbon Inc.
Freedom Sciences, LLC Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corp.
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