Sustainability “LEEDer”

February 9, 2012

The whole idea behind the creation of The Lugar Center was to research and develop technologies that would enable us to be a more self-sufficient, sustainable society; a society that would not deplete the earth of its natural resources faster than it could replenish those resources.  So, let’s talk about sustainability.  Better yet, let’s talk about a local leader in sustainability—The Efroymson Conservation Center, The Nature Conservancy’s state headquarters, located in downtown Indianapolis.

The Efroymson Center generously opened their doors to our research members this January for our annual Lugar Center retreat and what a treat it turned out to be!

After we discussed what we’ve accomplished in 2011, where we stand today, and our goals for the future, we were fortunate enough to get a personal tour of this innovative “green” facility.  It’s green roof, native landscaping, unique storm water management, geothermal heating and cooling, recycled and locally grown building materials, natural light, energy-efficient raised flooring, and availability to alternative transportation make this center a leader in conservation and sustainability as well as an engineer’s dream.

The Center often refers to their building design as “hoping to achieve LEED platinum certification.”  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and platinum certification is the highest achievement to be awarded from the U.S. Green Building Council.  In order to do so, they must get at least 52 of the possible 69 points awarded for sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation/design process.  They’ve estimated they have achieved 55.

The Efroymson Center, Indianapolis’ 2010 Sustainability Award winner, truly is a shining star in responsible, energy-efficient building design and construction.  It’s time we all take their “LEED.”

To learn more about The Efroymson Conservation Center, go to: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/greenbuilding/efroymson-conservation-center.xml

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