U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.  http://www.usgbc.org/ The USGBC works to promote sustainable building and has established a standardized certification system, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center was focused on creating a LEED certified facility from the beginning of the design phases.  Working with our project architects, engineers and contractors the Center received a GOLD LEED certification.

The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

LEED-certified buildings are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value.
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills.
  • Conserve energy and water.
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants.
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
  • Demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility

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    February 19, 2015

    Tobi swims up to smile for the camera! Join us in welcoming out newest “staff member” here at the NERR: Tobi, the diamondback terrapin! Tobi came to us from the Institute of Marine Mammals Studies and helps to educate the public on diamondback terrapins in the wild. Diamondback terrapins (Malaclymys terrapin) […]

  • Volunteers Needed: Region IV Science Fair Judge March 3, 2015
    February 3, 2015

    The Region VI Science Fair is scheduled for Tuesday March 3, 2015 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. Again this year we will have approximately 1000 science fair entries that were winners at their schools. Students from grades 1-12 will be competing in 8 different science categories ranging from botany […]

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