The evolution of Murphy Warehouse, formerly Murphy Warehouse Company, illustrates how four generations of the Murphy family led the company from a traditional family-run firm at the beginning of the 20th century to become the largest logistics organization in the Upper Midwest. Dating back to 1904, the company has built itself into an internationally recognized leader in the transportation and logistics industry. As a continuation of this evolution, Murphy Warehouse approached Sustology to enhance its commitment to environmental stewardship with the hope of seeing returns to their bottom line.
Sustology has guided Murphy Warehouse through major sustainable upgrades to its five major logistics campuses totaling over 2.5 million square feet, including an industrial manufacturing facility leased to Cummins Power Generation. Employing US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Sustology performed a system wide comprehensive analysis of site conditions, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Solutions included over 370 kW of onsite solar photovoltaic energy production, sustainable operations and maintenance policies, Energy Star certification, and onsite stormwater catchment. Sustology has helped Murphy Warehouse communicate their achievements through drafting a Corporate Sustainability Report, articulating system wide carbon reduction and cost savings.