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Mastercard Charges Ahead With Sustainability

While it processes millions of credit card transactions a day, facility managers at Mastercard keep busy ensuring the company’s global technology and data center in O’Fallon stays the sustainability course. Some 40 members of IFMA joined another 40 members of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the USGBC to learn more and see first-hand how the global technology and payments company supports its sustainability efforts. The joint program and tour took place on Sept. 19.

Opened in late Spring of 2001, the sprawling Global Technology and Operations Center has continued its quest to remain environmentally responsible. In fact, it earned LEED EBOM Gold certification in 2015 and then upped its credentials last year when it became the only building in Missouri to carry the Platinum certification for its ongoing environmental stewardship.

Dave Bertorelli, director of real estate services, and Athanasia Xeros, global sustainability manager, for Mastercard shared information on the importance of LEED recertification and the company’s efforts to identify carbon-reduction in the company’s office and data center. Additionally, they shared the credit card processor’s focus on sustainable sourcing from cleaning products to its solar panels. Its efforts also extend to finding suppliers who also believe in protecting the environment.

Additionally, Matt Prsha, global project manager, and Emily Bishop, global sustainability supply chain specialist, with Cushman & Wakefield, detailed efforts to support the company’s goals to reduce its environmental impact and work with the company’s supply chain to enhance its sustainability efforts.

IFMA and USGBC members then took a guided tour of the facility to see how Mastercard’s infrastructure and systems deliver on its sustainability mission.

Many thanks to Mastercard for its hospitality and our speakers for their insights.