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

  • Stewardship Team Tackles Marsh Monitoring
    August 27, 2014

    The Stewardship team is in the process of installing and reading emergent marsh plots to support the habitat monitoring portion of the Sentinel Site program. Marsh plots are being installed in transects of three at each Surface Elevation Table site, each transect has at least nine plots. These plots will […]

  • Purple Martin nest monitoring
    June 17, 2014

    Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) collected data on the resident Purple Martin population.

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