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How GREEN are the Libraries?
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center will be designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) Gold certification. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. (link - Green Building Features, MPLCC). The Downtown and Main libraries will be designed to meet LEED “Certified” criteria, but due to the size of the project will not be certified by the USGBC. The College Terrace Library will also not be certified by the USGBC due to its historic status and the more restrictive material changes that can occur.
For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED standards, please visit http://www.usgbc.org/
For more information on green building elements being incorporated into the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, click here.