DENVER, CO — Friday, March 11, 2011 — A U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) report that touts the Mile High City as excelling in green building development is reinforcing the significance of the City’s Greenprint Denver Initiative and new rules that ensure the City and County of Denver’s newest construction projects are built greener than ever.
The USGBC said in a February 25th press release that there are approximately 230 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and registered projects in Denver. Last week, the group named Colorado among the top 10 states for LEED-certified green buildings per capita. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures aimed at waste reduction, energy and water conservation, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and a healthier, safer environment for occupants.
City and County of Denver buildings that are LEED certified:
- Police Traffic Operations and Training Facility, LEED Gold certified in March 2011
- Wellington E. Webb Building, LEED Existing Building Gold certified in 2007
- Denver Justice Center Post Office and Garage Complex, LEED Silver certified in 2008
City buildings awaiting LEED certification:
- The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center
- Lindsey-Flanagan Courthouse
- Central Park Recreation Center
- Green Valley Ranch Branch Library
- Denver Animal Shelter
- Fleet Management and Gary Price buildings at the Central Platte Campus
Buildings destined for LEED certification, which are in earlier phases of construction or design:
- The Denver Police Crime Lab
- Eastside Human Services Building
- The new Fire Station at Lowry
- The Stapleton and Westside Libraries.
All newly constructed facilities under the Better Denver Bond program, some of which are listed above, are being built to achieve LEED certification.
“The City and County of Denver is strongly committed to strategies that support sustainability and resource conservation in all areas of City operations,” said Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal. “Denver’s proactive efforts to protect the environment while investing in infrastructure and job creation is building a better future for our City.”
The City and County of Denver, considered a longtime supporter of green building initiatives and legislation, just recently strengthened its commitment to sustainability in new building construction. In December 2010, through its Greenprint Denver Initiative, the City elevated its building certification goal for new projects from LEED Silver to LEED Gold. “Based on our early successes in sustainable building, the City raised the bar on new construction to provide for continuous improvement,” said Michele Weingarden, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Greenprint Denver.
Greenprint Denver’s sustainable building program was established in 2007 to ensure construction and renovation projects capture greenhouse gas emission reductions, immediate and cumulative cost savings by reducing unnecessary energy, water, and material use and disposal, and demonstrate leadership toward innovation, job growth and market transformation. For more information about Greenprint Denver, the City’s initiative to incorporate sustainability into all of its operations and programs, visit www.greenprintdenver.org