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Making environmentally-responsible decisions in the relocation of our North American headquarters

In 2018, Serco Americas moved headquarters from Reston to Herndon, Virginia, specifically identifying and selecting a site that is LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to silver level.

A globally-recognised symbol of sustainability achievement, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Among its environmentally sensitive attributes, the new Serco Americas HQ includes: light pollution reduction; indoor plumbing fixture and fitting efficiencies; sustainable purchasing policy; solid waste management waste stream audits; best management practices for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable cleaning equipment products and materials; and reduced mercury in lamps. The building also has a US EnergyStar ‘Energy Consumption and Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 102.5 kBtu/ft² ranking below the national median EUI.

Making an appropriate building selection was only part of the office move that showed our commitment to environmental stewardship. The build-out for the new facility included many measures to help protect the environment.

For example, $830,000 of office furniture was reused or re-purposed, avoiding significant volume of old furniture waste to landfill and the environmental impact of new furniture manufacture. Other measures include replacing bottled water with coolers and pitchers to reduce plastic consumption, ensuring that all coffee stations include integrated recycling receptacles and new measures to limit printing use and waste.

We are proud of our environmentally-responsible decisions and will continue to adopt environmentally-sensitive improvements in all our corporate and frontline operations.