I posted last week about the NC History Center and its greeness. Here are a few more green projects.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It provides standards for environmentally conscience construction.
A LEED certified building project is one where resources are used responsibly. Credit is given for building reuse. Were walls, floors or ceilings reused? How much construction waste was diverted from disposal? Other aspects such as water efficient landscaping and use of local materials are considered.
There are now more than14,000 LEED projects in the United States and 30 countries. Two local facilities have been in the news recently and are great examples of environmental stewardship. Craven County is collecting rainwater at its Animal Shelter to clean trenches located in the kennel area. Since beginning this program in March of 2009, over 40,000 gallons of rainwater have been utilized.
The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores recently installed a solar panel system to supplement a percentage of their power needs. Located near the entrance of the Aquarium, the panels also doubles as an educational display. The panels were donated by the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative.
Local LEED certified or registered projects include: Station Renovations at the USCG-CEU Cleveland - Emerald Isle, Repass Ocean Conservation Center - Beaufort, Consolidated Clubhouse - Cherry Point, Engineering Product Support Facility - Cherry Point, Fort Macon Coastal Education Center - Atlantic Beach, Modernization of the US Courthouse - New Bern, P-136 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters - MCAS Cherry Point, P-141 EMS Fire Vehicle Facility - MCAS Cherry Point and P-191 2nd MAW/Station Ops Facility - MCAS Cherry Point.