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

Recent News

  • Sightings for the first half of April 2014
    April 15, 2014

    We’ve been seeing Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) regularly this month: two on the 2nd; one on the 7th; four on the 8th; five on the 10th; and three on the 15th. We have also noted the following from April 1st-15th: 1st – Yellow Trumpet Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia alata) blooming 2nd […]

  • Sightings for the month of March 2014

    Highlights from March include a Common Loon, a Fox Squirrel, and our first Wild Turkeys of the year!

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