An injured Kurdish defender recounts fighting against the jihadists, including seeing decapitated villagers and evidence of drug use
Companies have sweeping discretion to effectively regulate what their workers do outside of work, including running for elected office
Some reformers of Social Security focus on squeezing more money out of working Americans and their employers. Why not focus on incentives to keep older Americans working?
The health network has genetic data on more than 210,000 members
New tapes provide an unprecedented look into how bank examiners defer to the banks they are supposed to police
A handful of companies in the U.S. still paint large-scale, photorealistic advertisements
A developer builds an over-the-top mansion and waits for a buyer
MBAs will explore the artist and national treasure's marketing strategy in an upcoming case study
To address environmental and quality of life concerns, Bruges has approved a pipeline connecting De Halve Maan brewery to its bottling facility
By Michael Arndt
Worldwide, 2,706 buildings have been declared "green" by the U.S. Green Building Council. More properly, they've been awarded platinum, gold, or silver designations, or merely certified, under the council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) ranking system. Of these winners, barely two dozen are head offices of big-name employers, with McDonald's (MCD) among the latest to join this elite group in April 2009.
Obtaining LEED certification is arduous. Applicants are judged by such benchmarks as energy and water usage, environmental impact including recycling, and interior working conditions. Every claim must be quantified and verified. But award winners say the effort is worth it. LEEDers can brag that they've done the extraordinary for the environment. At the same time, required investments typically lower operating expenses, providing a quick return on investment.
When it comes to LEED-certified head offices, no other nation rivals the U.S. Here are America's greenest headquarters.