About The Foodbank’s LEED Gold-Certified Grove City warehouse


Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s facility in Grove City opened in 2009 and earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. To earn certification, a building project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks (“credits”) within each category. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve.

The facility was designed and constructed in a sustainable manner that minimizes the Foodbank’s impact on the environment. The green design provides a number of environmental and cost saving benefits. Some highlights include the following:

Mid-Ohio Foodbank repurposed an existing building as one of the ways to receive LEED Gold Certification.Repurposing an existing building

By repurposing an existing building, 95% of the building’s exterior walls, roof and slab were reused and 95% of the waste from the construction process was recycled instead of going to landfill.

Energy efficiency

  • Energy savings resulting from the building renovation have exceeded 20% when compared to simply complying with code minimum requirements. The savings were achieved by using motion-controlled florescent fixtures and natural light from the addition of skylights.
  • The freezer/cooler unit uses an ammonia based system, which is more efficient than conventional systems and requires no ozone depleting refrigerants.

Water efficiency

With the use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures, the Foodbank achieved over 30% water use reduction, compared to a conventionally designed building. Additionally, landscaping with native plants that eliminate the need for an irrigation system and employing rain barrels for the community gardens have further reduced water consumption.

An interactive display that visitors to the Foodbank can utilize to learn more about our LEED Gold certified building.
Interactive display that visitors can explore and find out more facts about our LEED building.

Responsible material handling and selection

  • Over 30% of the construction materials were produced regionally, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transporting materials.
  • More than 75% of the wood products used in construction were certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • New walls, floors and furnishings are made from recycled materials.
  • Paints and sealants used during construction were no or low VOC.
If you would like to a tour of the facility, please call our main number at 614.277.3663 and one of our team members can schedule a tour for you or your group.