Environment News Service: The City of Tallahassee’s Solid Waste Services Administration building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. It is the second municipal building in Florida and the first in North Florida to earn the distinction.
LEED certification is the points-based benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. It promotes sustainability by recognizing a building’s performance in five areas – sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
“Earning this award is a true feather in the City’s green cap,” said Mayor John Marks. “We’re not simply saying we want to reduce our carbon footprint, we are doing it. As a whole, our community is making great strides in the right direction, and I’m proud that our local government is leading by example.”
When the city government decided to upgrade the 30 year old Solid Waste Services building to make more space, it made the decision to do so in the most ecologically friendly way possible. The city opted to renovate the existing structure, instead of demolishing it and starting from scratch. Over 75 percent of the debris generated from renovation was salvaged and reused or recycled, keeping it out of the local landfill. The new building boasts new, eco-smart features such as occupancy sensors on lights, programmable thermostats and low-mercury fluorescent lamps….
Photo of the Tallahassee Solid Waste Services building by the City of Tallahassee