2nd Library to go LEED platinum!

COLORADO (one of my favorite states 🙂  now boasts the 2nd Platinum LEED certified  library in the US  for the  Council Tree Library of the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins.  LEED certification is granted by the US Green Building Council – 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders –  which provides third-party verification that a building  was designed and built green; i.e. granting points in areas of energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  More points the higher the level earned (from certified, gold, silver to platinum as the highest level) The Council Tree Library received high marks in energy, lighting, water, and material efficiency and cite these statistics:

  • 26% lighting energy savings
  • 55% water savings
  • 92% construction waste recycled
  • 85% certified sustainable wood products
  • 21% overall recycled content in materials
  • 97% Energy Star equipment
  • use of natural light

Read more in the LJ article or visit them online (or better yet if you live in Colorado go and visit in person!)